Internship at the EU Delegation in Geneva

Internship at the EU Delegation in Geneva

Applications for the internship period of February- July 2018 are now open. Deadline for applications is Friday 1st December with interviews taking place in the first half of December.

The EU Delegation is offering internships to university students (Bachelor, Master), who, in the framework of an agreement with a local university, undertake a compulsory or recommended training period as part of their course and are already residing in the place of training. The EU Delegation has currently framework agreements with the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute (IHEID).

We can also accept trainees receiving financial support from a university or another institution but located elsewhere in the world, for example from ENA (French National School of Administration) or KSAP (Polish National School of Public Administration). Other institutions could be, for example, States’ public administrations, at national or regional level, independent universities, or research organisations that do not set out to make profits for redistribution or are part of the public sector as defined in the national law of that employer. If you are a student with financial support from such an institution please contact us to inquire whether an internship would be possible.

All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation and living expenses must be borne by either the intern or the sponsoring institution. The Delegation is not in the position to offer financial compensation to interns. For a potential scholarship programme for internships paid by the EEAS please read here the latest update.

Internships are offered in 2 cycles each year: February to July and September to January. Please note that we can also upon request internships for a shorter period.

Regular working hours would be 9.00-18.00 during working days and the internships would in principle be full time; however working hours could be adjusted to students’ schedule and course work (classes/exams etc.). The execution of the internship shall not give rise to contractual obligations by the EEAS and/or EU Delegation.

Selection of successful candidates will be done on the basis of a comparative examination of the applications received for the cycle in question.

Internships can be made available in the following sections:

  • Human Rights
  • Humanitarian and Migration
  • Disarmament
  • Labour and Health
  • Economics, Development and Environment
  • Press and Information

Applications for the internship period of February- July 2018 are now open. Deadline for applications is Friday 1st December with interviews taking place in the first half of December. Please note that only candidates selected for an interview will be notified.

To be considered for this program, applicants must:

  • hold a valid passport from one of the 28 EU Member States or Switzerland
  • are enrolled at a university in Geneva, preferably in political science, law, economics, development studies, environment studies, human rights/humanitarian law or communications – and an internship is either compulsory or highly recommended by their university
  • be fluent in English; knowledge of French would be a strong advantage; knowledge of the workings of the European Union and of the United Nations would also be advantages
  • provide proof of comprehensive medical and accident insurance valid in Switzerland for the duration of the internship (covering hospitalization, surgery, and repatriation, if necessary)
  • have not already benefited from previous in-service training or employment (paid or unpaid) with any of the EU institutions or bodies, including a “Blue Book” traineeship (NB: a “Blue Book” candidate who has not actually performed that traineeship is however eligible to apply for an internship with the Delegation)

To apply, candidates must submit to the Internship Coordinator (

  • completed application form
  • curriculum vitae
  • letter of motivation stating the availability

Read more and apply here.

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