Funded traineeship for young graduates at the EU Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives

17.10.2022 Expired

The deadline for submitting applications is 24/10/2022.

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 Sri Lanka?


We offer:

A traineeship of up to 6 months within the Cooperation Section Section of the EU Delegation to Sri Lanka, starting in November 2022.

The Cooperation Section manages the various development programmes of the EU to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, deals with development issues in those two countries and interacts with various stakeholders in the countries on these and related issues.

Main tasks:

  • Analyse and write reports about economic developments and policies in Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
  • Advise colleagues as requested on the above-mentioned issues
  • Follow economic news in the local media and summarise these.
  • Get exposure to project management by assisting to manage one project her/himself.
  • Carry out any other assignment as instructed by the Head of Cooperation or proposed by the Trainee and agreed by the Head of Cooperation

We look for:

Qualifications or special requirements:

  • Bachelor, preferably Master degree (or higher) in economics, international trade or similar
  • Exposure to development issues and/or international relations.
  • Fluent oral and written English.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and in a team.
  • Open to work in a different cultural environment.
  • Knowledge of Sinhala or Tamil 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 - Cooperation 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.