North-South Centre of the Council of Europe - Traineeship (first session 2023)

Deadline: September 20, 2022

Program Starts: March 01, 2023

Program Ends: July 31, 2023


NGO & Institutes International Organizations


  • Portugal


The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe offers traineeships twice a year for a period of three (minimum) to five (maximum) months.


The European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity is an enlarged partial agreement of the Council of Europe created in 1989 to spread the values of the Council of Europe– human rights, democracy and the rule of law –  beyond the European continent.

The North-South Centre empowers civil society, in particular youth and women, through intercultural dialogue and global citizenship education, to play an active role in Council of Europe member states and neighbouring regions, under the principles of dialogue, partnership, solidarity and global interdependence.

These principles are put into practice through a bottom-up work approach which entails three specific courses of action undertaken by the North-South Centre:

  • Advocacy: the push for the implementation of recommendations
  • Capacity-building: the transfer of knowledge through educators and peers
  • Awareness raising: contributing to the reflection and understanding of each individual’s role within a global interconnected society

This work is thus translated into cross-cutting activities fulfilling the mission of the North-South Centre and spreading the Council of Europe's standards. 

The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe offers traineeships twice a year for a period of three (minimum) to five (maximum) months.


The duties to which trainees are assigned include assisting with the preparation of activities, research, different types of drafting and other day-to-day administrative tasks.

The Council of Europe in brief - Human rights, Democracy, Rule of Law

The Council of Europe advocates freedom of expression and of the media, freedom of assembly, equality, and the protection of minorities. It has launched campaigns on issues such as child protection, online hate speech, and the rights of the Roma, Europe's largest minority. The Council of Europe helps member states fight corruption and terrorism and undertake necessary judicial reforms. Its group of constitutional experts, known as the Venice Commission, offers legal advice to countries throughout the world.

The Council of Europe promotes human rights through international conventions, such as the Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence and the Convention on Cybercrime. It monitors member states' progress in these areas and makes recommendations through independent expert monitoring bodies. Council of Europe member states no longer apply the death penalty.

Opportunity is About


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate

Who can apply?

  • Nationals of the member states of the North-South Centre and/or the Council of Europe.
  • Can´t apply those who have already completed an internship at the Council of Europe or any of its institutions are not eligible.


  • Completion of higher education or successful completion of at least three years of university study;
  • A very good knowledge of one of the Council of Europe's official languages (English and French) and a good knowledge of the other;
  • Good drafting ability.


Deadline: September 20, 2022

Program starts:

March 01, 2023

Program ends:

July 31, 2023

Program Starts: March 01, 2023

Program Ends: July 31, 2023

Cost/funding for participants


Trainees are entitled to two days off per month. 

The usual working hours are Monday to Friday, 09:00 to 17h30.

The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe ensures a monthly flat-rate grant* as well as an insurance coverage for the risks of:

  • Sickness and accident;
  • Death or permanent disablement as the result of an accident. 

Only candidates applying online, through the official traineeship programme, will be eligible for a monthly grant of 600 €. 

Algerian, Cape Verdean, Moroccan and Tunisian nationals:

In order to encourage participation of nationals of North-South Centre member states that are not Council of Europe member states, ie. Algeria, Cape Verde, Morocco and Tunisia, in its traineeship programmes, the NSC has created a monthly flat-rate grant of € 600, aimed at supporting the trainee’s monthly expenses, as well as the cover of travel and visa costs, in addition to the insurance covering sickness and accidents.

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