Short-term traineeship - EFTA Secretariat - Trade Relations Division

Traineeships are offered at the Trade Relations Division at EFTA Secretariat twice a year for 5-6 months. We are looking for engaged young professionals working in customs  from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland (EFTA Member State nationals) for traineeships at the EFTA Secretariat in Geneva offices.  Traineeships in TRD are reserved for customs officials from national administrations of the EFTA States or candidates with a similar background and experience. Exceptionally, recent graduates can also be considered.

Traineeships are advertised under Current Vacancies twice a year. 

Interested applicants would need to fill in the application form when the vacancy is open. Email applications are not accepted.


Location Geneva
Duration 5-6 months 



Spring: from February to July

Autumn: from September to February

Nationality eligibility  Open to nationals of the EFTA States (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) 

The aim of the traineeships is to provide junior civil servants and other qualified applicants with a background in customs and rules of origin opportunities for training and familiarisation with the work of the EFTA Secretariat, particularly in the area of free trade agreements.

Fields of work 

The TRD is in charge of the exploration, negotiation and implementation of preferential trade arrangements with non-EU partner countries worldwide (Declarations on Cooperation, Free Trade Agreements).

The trainee will be assigned to specific tasks primarily in the field of trade in goods and customs issues, including rules of origin and trade facilitation. They entail technical analyses on market access, review and amendments to customs tariff tables, notifications to partner countries, etc.

Please consult the EFTA Secretariat website for more information on the activities in the area of free trade.

Criteria for selection 

  • Adequate educational background. 
  • Knowledge of standard office IT applications (Microsoft Office). 
  • Current position, experience and career objectives. 
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English; a good working knowledge of French is an advantage. 
  • An analytical mind with ability to draft good quality documents in English.
  • A flexible and motivated team player and capable of taking on a wide variety of tasks, both complex and more basic. 

Employment terms

Trainees receive a flat monthly allowance of CHF 2 450.

Accommodation in individual flats will be provided by EFTA.

Application process


Applications have to be submitted via the EFTA online recruitment tool when the vacancies are published. Only applications submitted via our web tool will be considered.

Shortlisted candidates are contacted by phone. Interviews are normally conducted via Skype.


Traineeships are advertised under Current Vacancies in September for the spring term and in March for the autumn term.
Deadlines for applications are in October and in April respectively.



Please consult the EFTA Secretariat websites for more information.

Trainee Testimonials

Catia Capaul, TRD 2019

"The traineeship offers a unique opportunity to gain experience in free trade negotiations. I learned a lot about current tendencies and issues in the field of international trade. This expertise and the daily work in an international team provide a good basis for my future career."

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