Internship Opportunity at the COUNCIL of EUROPE

July 25, 2018

Intern Position - 6 months or one year paid internship, Council of Europe


Starting date:                   October 1, 2018

Application deadline:      August 15, 2018

Full Or Part Time:             Full time

Central European University and the Council of Europe invite applications for two intern positions to be hosted by the Council of Europe as part of the Roma in European Societies (RES) initiative. The positions are for six months or one year. The interns will be placed in different units of the CoE depending on their specialization and interests. The interns will work under the supervision on the hosting head of unit, supporting the implementation of the unit work plan. Selected applicants will receive a grant from CEU to cover their living expenses in Strasbourg and travel to and from Strasbourg.


The typical responsibilities given to trainees include:

  • research work;
  • preparation of draft reports and studies for meetings of experts;
  • drafting of meeting reports;
  • assisting with work in hand;
  • contributing to the visibility of the Team’s programmes and dissemination of information (studies, publications, presentations, press releases, etc.)
  • preparing information and news for updating websites.


This opportunity is available for graduates of the Romani Studies Program (former Roma Access Programs), especially those that obtained an MA degree from CEU or other English language graduate programs from other universities. CEU and CoE expect the candidates to have:

  • A very good command of English. Knowledge of French and of any other European languages will be considered a plus
  • Experience with office work as a team player full of enthusiasm and eager to learn
  • High motivation to develop a career in the chosen area of interest
  • Have a desire to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the functioning and activities of the Council of Europe;
  • Excellent communication skills

Personal attitudes: initiative and responsibility, result orientation and sense of continuous improvement, concern for quality, efficiency and accuracy, adaptability, self-management and development, organisational alignment.

Personal values: integrity, loyalty and conscientiousness, discretion, independence and confidence, respect for diversity.

Duration and conditions of internships: 6 months or one year

How to apply?

Please send your CV and a cover letter in English explaining why you believe this internship fits you, specifying your main skills and interests, including the area in which you would like to work and how you think the internship would help you develop a career in your area of interest

Please send your complete application package to writing in the Subject Line: CEU-CoE Internship.

Central European University (CEU) is a graduate research-intensive university specializing primarily in the social sciences and the humanities, as well as law, business and public policy. It is located in Budapest, and accredited in the United States and Hungary. CEU’s mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, and civic engagement. CEU offers both Master’s and doctoral programs, and enrolls more than 1500 students from nearly 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of more than 180 resident faculty members from over 40 countries, and a large number of prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English. In 2016, CEU announced the Roma in European Societies initiative (RES) as a collaborative initiative supporting efforts to improve the situation of Roma in all sectors at local, national, and regional levels through teaching, course development and research, leadership development, and community outreach. RES is funded by the Velux Foundations, Roma Education Fund and the Open Society Foundations Roma Initiatives Office over the next five years.

The Council of Europe is the continent’s leading organisation in the protection of human rights, democracy and rule of law. It was founded in 1949 in order to promote greater unity between its members and now includes 47 member states, all having signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights. By Statute, the Council of Europe has two constituent organs: the Committee of Ministers, composed of the member states’ Ministers for Foreign Affairs, and the Parliamentary Assembly, comprising delegations from the national parliaments. The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe represents the entities of local and regional self-government within the member states. The Commissioner for Human Rights is an independent and impartial institution within the Council of Europe mandated to promote the awareness of and respect for human rights in member states. The European Court of Human Rights is the judicial body which oversees the implementation of the Convention in the member states.