Traineeship opportunities

The EFTA traineeships provide young professionals and recent graduates a unique opportunity to experience and participate in the work of the Association and learn about the inner workings of e.g. the EEA Agreement or grants management.


The EFTA Secretariat – Trade Relations Division (TRD)

The EFTA Secretariat – Statistical Office (ESO)


The EFTA Secretariat and FMO (except TRD and ESO)

Traineeships are offered at the EFTA Secretariat for 10 months and the Financial Mechanism Office (FMO) for 12 months, starting on 1 September till 30 June and 1 September till 31 August respectively.


We are looking for engaged young professionals or recent graduates from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland (EFTA Member States nationals) for 10 months traineeships at the EFTA Secretariat.


The Financial Mechanism Office (FMO - EEA Grants / Norway Grants) offer 12 months traineeships for graduates wanting to learn more about grants management. With approximately 18 European nationalities represented in the FMO, the selected trainees take part in an international working environment. Traineeships at the FMO are open to nationals of the EEA EFTA Member States as well as to nationals of the EU Member States. 


Application process

Traineeships are advertised under Current Vacancies in February. Deadline for applications is in March. 

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 division, field of work and duty station when applying. 

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


Purpose of the traineeships
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 and the FMO.


Trainees take part in the daily work of the different departments of EFTA. They gain valuable work experience by assisting case handlers with ongoing activities and have the opportunity to live and work in a thriving multicultural environment. attha


Field of work

The trainees will be assigned to a specific division of the EFTA Secretariat or the FMO according to academic field of specialisation, personal preferences and career objectives. 
Posts are offered within the following divisions, fields of work and duty stations:
EFTA Secretariat:
  • Secretary General’s Office – communication (Brussels) and general (Geneva)
  • EEA Coordination Division – general and legal (Brussels)
  • Goods Division – general (Brussels)
  • Services, Capital, Persons and Programmes Division – general (Brussels)
  • Legal Affairs
  • Finance and Control
  • Communication
  • Priority Sectors
  • Funds and Horizontal Concerns
  • Results and Evaluation
  • Country and Bilateral Cooperation
Please consult the EFTA Secretariat and FMO websites for more information.
A short overview of the EFTA’s organisational structure and the related trainee posts can be found here.
The following criteria are taken into account:
  • University degree within law, economics, political science, international relations or other relevant and equivalent experience. Knowledge of standard office IT applications (Microsoft Office). 
  • Current occupation, 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. 
  • Geographical distribution and gender balance.


Duty Station
Trainees are assigned to either the EFTA Secretariat Office in Brussels, the Financial Mechanism Office in Brussels or the EFTA Secretariat Headquarters in Geneva (Secretary General’s Office  - general trainee).
Employment Terms
Trainees receive a flat monthly allowance (net of taxes) of EUR 1 510 if stationed in Brussels, and of CHF 2 405 if stationed in Geneva.
Accommodation in individual flats will be provided by EFTA.
For any further information, please contact EFTA Human Resources: 
Ms Eveline Snauwaert, +32 (0)2 286 17 07 (EFTA Secretariat)
Ms Aida Mansour, +32 (0)2 286 17 50 (FMO)


EEA Introductory Seminar

This introductory seminar is intended to provide professionals, both inside and outside the European Union, with a thorough understanding of the Agreement on the European Economic Area and how it integrates Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway into the EU’s Internal Market.