INTERNSHIP: Consiliul Europei

The Council of Europe’s traineeship scheme consists of a three-month period: candidates can choose between January to March, April to July and September to December. The Council of Europe does not organise any traineeships during the summer period. We would also like to specify that we do not offer traineeships in translation and interpretation.
The Council of Europe welcomes applications from all suitably qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, disability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, colour, religion, belief or sexual orientation. Specific measures may be taken to ensure equal opportunities for candidates with disabilities.
What does this internship contain ?
Trainees undertake research, the preparation of draft reports and studies for meetings of experts and the drafting of minutes. They may also assist with current work. Trainees will be given an opportunity – especially through the induction course arranged for them – to find out about the Council’s structures, activities and international co-operation procedures, including the implementation of the European Convention of Human Rights. They will also have the opportunity of attending lectures given in the Council of its activities, sittings of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly and the European Parliament and meetings taking place during their stay in Strasbourg.
Eligible applicants:
Nationals of one of the Council of Europe’s member states.
Trainees must have a very good knowledge of one of the Council of Europe’s official languages (English and French). A good knowledge of the other language is desirable.
Candidates who have completed their higher education and/or have followed a course of higher education for at least three years (six terms).
Candidates from national administrations or private firms who wish to find out about, learn more about or specialise in a particular field – lawyers, economists and political scientists. Their interests must have a direct bearing on the European aspect of the problems dealt with by the Council. They must have performed duties requiring knowledge of university or equivalent level for at least two years.
Conditions
Trainees are usually not paid. Costs of travel and accommodation, as well as living expenses, are the responsibility of trainees or their sponsoring institutions. By the decision of the Committee of Ministers, remunerated traineeships may be offered – in a restricted number – to nationals of Central and Eastern European Member States.
How to apply?
To apply for a traineeship you must use the on-line application system and submit your application before the deadline(midnight Central European Time).
All applications must be made on-line using this system.
Before beginning the application process, you will need to have an e-mail address in order to set up a user account. Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation by e-mail of your user account details and can then proceed with the application.
All applications must be completed in either English or French. Applications completed in other languages will not be taken into consideration.
You do not need to enter all information in one session. You can save your details at any point and return to complete the application at a later time by logging on your user account and clicking on “Submit my application” before the deadline (midnight Central European Time).
Official dates of traineeships in 2011:
First session : 17 January 2011 – 8 April 2011
Second session: 2 May 2011 – 22 July 2011
Third session: 26 September 2011 –9 December 2011
Application deadline
Application forms for 2011 must be submitted by 15 September 2010 (midnight Central European Time) at the latest.
Detaliles on : http://www.coe.int/t/e/human_resources/jobs/10_Traineeship_opportunities/

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