Funded traineeship for young graduates at the EU Delegation to the International Organisations in Vienna

07.06.2022 Expired

The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, 22nd of June 2022.


Are you a young graduate interested in international relations? Are you curious to learn more about work of a diplomatic mission and how the EU Delegation represents EU interests and values in the OSCE and other International Organisations in Vienna?

We offer:

A traineeship of up to 6 months within the OSCE Section of the EU Delegation to the International Organisations in Vienna, starting in September 2022.

The OSCE Section covers the wide and rich agenda of the Organisation’s activities across its three key dimensions: politico-military, economic and environmental, and human rights and fundamental freedoms. It also covers transnational threats, such as cyber and counter terrorism, and situations of conflict such as in eastern Ukraine and the protracted conflicts. The OSCE Section is responsible for ensuring EU coordination, outreach towards third countries, drafting EU statements and preparing reports for the European External Action Service (EEAS) and other EU institutions. The OSCE Section engages in public diplomacy efforts displaying EU actions and achievements within the Organization. The OSCE Section assists the EU Permanent Representative in the performance of her role as Ambassador of the EU to the OSCE.

Main tasks:

  • Monitor developments in the three OCSE dimensions: politico-military, economic and environmental, and human dimension.
  • Assist permanent staff in the coverage of a large variety of regional and thematic dossiers.
  • Assist permanent staff in the preparation of EU coordination and outreach activities.
  • Help in drafting EU statements.
  • Take notes and draft reports in a variety of meetings and consultations.
  • Support permanent staff’s participation in meetings and consultations.
  • Engage in background research on EU and OSCE related topics.
  • Assist in the organization of public diplomacy activities.

We look for:

Qualifications or special requirements:

  • A Master's degree in an area related to the above, e. g. International Relations, European Studies, International Law, International Economics etc.
  • A demonstrated interest in the EU's external action and in international relations, particularly in the area of security and human rights.
  • Very good skills in note taking, drafting reports, and carrying out background research.
  • Excellent English language skills.
  • Experience working for a relevant International Organization or Diplomatic Mission, as well as the ability to work in other OSCE languages, especially French or Russian, would be an asset.

How to apply?

Candidates must apply to the e-mail address as well as to and send the following documents:

Please mention in the subject of your e-mail: Funded Traineeship - Name/Acronym of the Section
(you may only apply to 1 traineeship per delegation, however based on your profile, the delegation could offer you a traineeship in another section).

Important information to read before applying

Before applying you are requested to examine the dedicated website as well as the general eligibility criteria for a paid traineeship (Article 8 of the Decision ADMIN(2017)28 – Paid traineeship)

Each selected trainee will receive a monthly grant to cover living expenses. All costs related to travel inside the country of residence, visa, insurance, accommodation must be borne by the trainee.

Applications from non-eligible candidates will not be considered. After the evaluation of all applications, shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited for an interview. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email. In case the selected candidate is not able to present the required documents, his/her candidacy will be rejected.

Non-resident candidates must provide proof that they will be covered against the risk of a pandemic and the costs of repatriation.

The traineeships can only be offered in compliance with the local legislation as well as the legislation of the country of origin. In assessing the applications received, account will need to be taken of the COVID-19 situation and its possible effects on access possibilities to the country of assignment and thus candidates currently residing in country of assignment might be preferred.

The Delegation informs that even if our Headquarters confirm the eligibility of the selected candidate, traineeships could be postponed, suspended or even cancelled considering the very evolving context of the COVID-19 outbreak in the host country as well as in the country of origin. The same rule apply if a selected candidate is unable to reach the country of assignment.