Funded traineeship for young graduates at the EU Delegation to United States of America

European Union External Action
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Internship / Early Career
  • Posted
    Jul 22

Position description

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 United States of America?

What we offer?

traineeship of up to 6 months starting in September 2020 in one of the following sections: 

  • Global  Issues and Innovation 
  • Political Security and Development 
  • Press and Public Diplomacy
  • Trade and Agriculture

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and in respect with the local legislation, candidates must already be residing in the Washington, DC area in order to be eligible for a traineeship. 

Traineeship in the Global Issues and Innovation (GIN) Section: 
The Global Issues and Innovation section monitors and analyses U.S. political, economic, and regulatory developments in the areas of transportation, energy and environment, research and innovation, space, food safety (which includes plant and animal health and animal welfare), public health, and consumer protection. 

Main Tasks:

  • Researching U.S. regulatory developments in the areas of transportation, energy and environment, research and innovation, space, food safety, public health, and consumer protection.
  • Attending U.S. Congressional hearings and other public events related to section policy areas and writing summaries for the section.
  • Participating in GIN section outreach activities.
  • Preparing minutes of section meetings.

Qualifications or special requirements:

  • Knowledge in one or more policy areas covered by the Global Issues and Innovation section including transportation, energy, environment, food safety, consumer affairs, research and innovation, and public health.
  • Fluency in English 

Traineeship in the Political, Security and Development (PSD) Section: 
The Political, Security and Development section follows all aspects of the transatlantic agenda and closely monitors the work of Congress and the U.S. Administration on foreign, security, and development policy, counterterrorism and home affairs, and human rights. The section maintains regular contact with a broad range of Washington-based NGOs, think tanks, and civil society organizations and serves as liaison between the EU and the international financial institutions based in Washington, D.C., for issues related to the development agenda.

Main Tasks:

  • Attending U.S. Congressional hearings and writing summaries of the hearings for the section.
  •  Researching and writing reports on foreign policy, security, and development cooperation issues for the section.
  • Assisting with the organization of PSD outreach events related to political, security and development issues. 

Qualifications or special requirements:

  • Knowledge of EU, transatlantic, or international affairs.
  • Knowledge of foreign policy, security, or development issues.
  • Knowledge of U.S. politics and the U.S. government would be an asset.
  • Fluency in English.

Traineeship in the Press and Public Diplomacy (PPD) Section:

The Press and Public Diplomacy section works to enhance awareness of the EU in the U.S. From engaging on social media to responding to public inquiries, the section serves as the Delegation’s first line of contact with the public and press. Maintaining close contact with U.S. media, the section provides up-to-date information and analyses of EU developments. It produces a wide range of content, from its publication on Medium to its podcast series – EU Now. The section manages education initiatives and programs in support of the EU's policy agenda and organizes a variety of policy-related events and conferences, cultural festivals, study tours, and press briefings.

Main Tasks:

  • Assisting with the organization of cultural and policy events.
  • Supporting the section with digital communications (website, social media, video and photography).
  •  Supporting the grants team with funding programs. 
  • Providing research assistance for the section.
  • Answering public inquiries.
  • Preparing minutes of section meetings.

Qualifications or special requirements:

  • Knowledge in the EU, transatlantic, or international affairs.
  • Knowledge of digital communications and social media would be an asset.
  • Some experience with event organization would be an asset.
  • Background in grants, funding programmes would be an asset. 
  • Fluency in English.

Traineeship in the Trade and Agriculture (TRADE & AGRICULTURE) Section: 

The Trade and Agriculture section monitors trade and regulatory developments in the U.S., including agriculture, the digital economy, competition/anti-trust, and related economic areas. It works closely with the U.S. Administration, Congress, industry, and NGOs.

Main Tasks:

  • Reporting on developments in EU-U.S. trade relations.  
  • Monitoring U.S. policy and legislative developments related to trade and other policy areas covered by the Section.
  • Engaging in directed policy area research in close consultation with staff members.
  • Attending events organized by think tanks and trade associations and writing reports for the section. 
  • Monitoring U.S. Congressional hearings.
  • Preparing minutes of section meetings. 

Qualifications or special requirements:

  • Knowledge in the EU, transatlantic affairs, or international relations.
  • Knowledge of trade policy and related issue areas. 
  • Some knowledge in EU agricultural policy would be an asset. 
  • Some knowledge of digital policy would be an asset. 
  • Fluency in English.

Application instructions

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