Funded traineeship for young graduates at the EU Delegation to the Republic of South Africa

28.06.2022 Expired

The deadline for submitting applications is 15/07/2022.

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 Republic of South Africa?


We offer:

A traineeship of up to 6 months within the Trade and Economics Section of the EU Delegation to Republic of South Africa, starting in September 2022.

The traineeship will be based in the Trade and Economics Section. It will focus on contributing to the Section’s activities related to the EU bilateral engagement with South Africa on various environmental policies pertaining to the European Green Deal. The trainee will also work together with colleagues in the other Sections of the EU Delegation, as relevant and appropriate.

Main tasks:

  • Support the Section’s outreach and collaboration with RSA stakeholders on environmental policy matters (esp. biodiversity, circular economy, climate adaptation)
  • Support EUD ‘green’ public diplomacy events like ‘Team Europe Climate diplomacy week’ (e.g. facilitate active participation by RSA stakeholders, contribute to events’ organisation)
  • Attend together with EUD designated staff and report on selected public events, workshops and meetings, relate and contribute to update the database of key contacts attending these events, workshops and meetings
  • Support the organisation of MS climate and environment counsellors meetings (outreach to possible RSA speakers, attend and report, contribute to presenting RSA environmental policy developments, etc.)
  • Contribute to monitor and analyse developments and comments on RSA environmental policies and RSA-EU collaboration on environment (e.g. check conversations on social media).

We look for:

Qualifications or special requirements:

  • You are a young graduate with a University diploma (at least Bachelor’s degree) in International relations, Economics/Environmental economics, Environmental policy or similar subject.
  • You have less than 1 year professional experience
  • You are a national of an EU Member States or a citizen of the Republic of South Africa
  • You have no previous professional experience of more than 6 weeks in any of the EU institutions
  • Excellent English, written and spoken
  • Excellent writing, analytical, inter-personal skills
  • You are committed and able to complete tasks within set deadlines, you are eager to learn and contribute to the activities of the EU Delegation.
  • It will be considered an additional asset: if you have another degree in another field; if you are able to communicate efficiently in multiple languages (South Africa official languages, EU official languages).

How to apply?

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

  • A detailed standard Europass curriculum vitae (CV) (CVs in other format will not be considered)
  • a cover letter describing why you want to participate in a EU traineeship
  • and an application form

Please mention in the subject of your e-mail: Funded Traineeship - Trade and Economics Section EU Delegation to South Africa.

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.