Traineeship - EFTA Secretariat

Traineeships are offered at the EFTA Secretariat for 11 months from 1 September until 31 July. We are looking for engaged young professionals or recent graduates from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland (EFTA Member State nationals) for traineeships at the EFTA Secretariat in the Brussels, Luxembourg or Geneva offices. 

Traineeships are advertised under Current Vacancies early February, interested candidates will have 4 weeks to submit their applications. Email applications are not accepted.







Brussels, Luxembourg or Geneva


11 months 


From 1 September to 31 July

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 opportunities for training and familiarisation with the work and functions of the EFTA Secretariat.

Fields of work 






  • Legal / Economics and General / Policy Coordination (SGO), Geneva
  • Information / Communication (SGO), Brussels
  • General / Policy Coordination (ECD), Brussels
  • Legal Affairs (ECD), Brussels
  • General / Policy Coordination (IMD), Brussels
  • Statistics  (ESO), Luxembourg
  • Trade Relations Division (TRD), Geneva

A short overview of the EFTA’s organisational structure and the related trainee posts can be found here.

Criteria for selection 



  • University degree within law, economics, political or social sciences, international relations or other relevant and equivalent experience.
  • Current occupation, experience and career objectives
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English
  • 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 EUR 1 675 if stationed in Brussels or Luxembourg, and of CHF 2 470 if stationed in Geneva.

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.

Applicants are required to specify their preferred field of work when applying.

The selected trainees may be assigned to duties and functions other than those initially requested.


Traineeships are advertised under Current Vacancies early February. The deadline for applications is early March.



Please consult the EFTA Secretariat website for more information. For any further information or technical issues, please contact EFTA Human Resources:

Email applications are not accepted. 





Trainee Testimonials

Helga Aunemo, IMD 2017/2018

"As a trainee at EFTA you get both responsibility and flexibility in terms of work tasks. This makes it possible to actively shape your traneeship, and make the most out of it. I especially enjoyed working closely with experts from the Member States, who provide insight into the various substance areas."

Valentin Musangwa, SGO 2017

"I benefit from having  a deeper understanding of intergovernmental dynamics and negotiations. These are among the things I am certain I will benefit from in my future career."



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