Funded traineeship for young graduates at the EU Delegation to Singapore – Trade Section

30.06.2022 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 Singapore?


We offer:

A traineeship of up to 6 months within the Trade Section of the EU Delegation to Singapore, starting in November 2022.

Traineeship in the Trade Section (TRADE):

The Economic and Trade Section of the Delegation of the European Union to Singapore is in charge of following trade and economic developments in Singapore and to communicate on EU trade and economic policies.


Main tasks:

  • Monitoring of the implementation of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (EUSFTA) involving market access issues or regulatory aspects.
  • Outreach activities around the EUSFTA and the Investment Protection Agreement (IPA).
  • Monitoring of economic developments in Singapore as well as regional trade initiatives involving Singapore and the EU.
  • Preparation of visits of senior EU officials to Singapore and trade promotion events.
  • Attend and report on conferences, seminars and lectures covering international economic and trade relations, domestic economic policies and institutional matters.  
  • Conduct research and drafting background papers on economic and trade related policies.
  • Supply timely and concise information on key trade and economic developments affecting Singapore and the region.
  • Assist in the organisation of meetings and events hosted at the Delegation.
  • Draft minutes of meetings.
  • Prepare press reviews and assist in the preparation of media reports relevant for the Economic and Trade Section.


We look for:

Qualifications or special requirements:

  • Due to the very evolutive context of the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants will only be considered if they :
  • Are currently residing in Singapore, or
  • Are travelling to Singapore under Singapore’s Vaccinated Travel Framework  
  • Knowledge of EU institutions and policies
  • Eagerness to learn, motivation to work in a team, attention to detail
  • Fluency in English 
  • General understanding of international trade and economic matters
  • Legal or economic background would be an asset.


How to apply?

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

Please mention in the subject of your e-mail: Funded Traineeship - Trade 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.

EU candidates currently residing in Singapore 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.