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Paid Traineeships at the EU Committee of the Regions
Each year, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) provides a limited number of internships for young citizens, from Europe and elsewhere, offering them the opportunity to acquire work experience in a European institution.
 Two types of internships are available: long-term paid traineeships ( “stages” ) or short-term unpaid study periods ( “séjours d’étude” ).
Long-terms paid traineeships
 Each year, the CoR offers young university graduates a limited number of five-month traineeships (stages). These training periods involve work experience in one of the Committee of the Regions’ services, and run from 16 February until 15 July (spring traineeships) or from 16 September until 15 February (autumn traineeships).

The purpose of the organisation of traineeships in the CoR is:
# to give an idea of the objectives and problems of European integration
# to provide practical knowledge of the working of its departments
# to enable trainees to acquire personal experience
# to enable trainees to develop and put into practice the knowledge they have acquired during their studies or personal careers.

Trainees are selected from nationals of the EU Member States. However a limited number of nationals of non-member countries may be accepted.

Applicants must:

# either hold a university degree (or an equivalent diploma) awarded after at least three years of study, or have successfully completed at least four years (eight semesters) of university studies;
or be employed in the public or private sector, provided that they have a university or equivalent degree or have been engaged for at least three years in planning or advisory duties.
# have a thorough knowledge of one official Community language and a satisfactory knowledge of one other (for applicants from EU Member States) , or have a good knowledge of one of the Community languages (for applicants from non-Member States). It is preferable to have a good command of at least one of the main working languages of the Committee of the Regions (English or French).
# must in principle be less than thirty years old at the beginning of their traineeship. However, when good reasons exist, a derogation to the age limit can be granted at the applicant’s request. For that purpose, the applicant must send a specific written request to the Traineeship Office, setting out the appropriate justification for such an exemption.

A training grant may be awarded. This grant is currently EUR 1000 per month and a monthly supplement of EUR 100 is given to married trainees whose spouses are not gainfully employed.

Deadlines: Applications must be received by 31 March of the same year (for autumn traineeships) or 30 September of previous year (for spring traineeships).

Applications are to be made exclusively via the Internet. The on-line application form is available on the following website HERE http://trainee.cor.europa.eu/default.aspx?inst=COR&culture=EN

Short term unpaid study periods

The CoR also offers short unpaid study periods (séjours d’étude) within one of its services to persons whose professional, academic or research activities indicate that they would familiarise with the Committee’s practical workings and/or policies. The nature of the tasks to be fulfilled by trainees depends largely on the unit to which they are assigned; while some units are more political, others are more administrative.

Applicants must:

# either hold a university degree (or an equivalent diploma) awarded after at least three years of study, and be able to show that they need to deepen their knowledge of the CoR for reasons related to their professional, academic or research activities;
# or be a staff member of a national, regional or local administration participating in an exchange programme with the CoR. Students can as a general rule only apply for this kind of internship at the CoR if they are pursuing post-graduate studies.
# have a good command of at least one of the main working languages of the Committee of the Regions (English or French).

All expenses during the study period are to be covered by the beneficiaries: they receive no grant, nor any other financial support from the CoR. The maximum duration for an unpaid traineeship is 4 months.

Deadline: There are no fixed deadlines for unpaid study periods. Applications should be sent by post to the Traineeship Office.

Key documents

* Long-term paid traineeships at the Committee of the Regions -Application form

* Short term unpaid study periods at the Committee of the Regions-Application form

* Administrative in-service traineeship with the Committee of the Regions. Online application form


Джерело: http://unistudy.org.ua/opportunities.htm?id=910

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