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Trainee for culture


Eurocities is the network of major European cities, comprising more than 200 members, working across a wide range of thematic areas that reflect cities’ priorities.

Eurocities is a dynamic and international team where we trust in people, value constructive exchanges and collaborative work. We help people thrive in a friendly, open and healthy environment while promoting a work/life balance.

We are recruiting a trainee to work on topics linked to culture and cultural heritage, to become a member of both its policy team and its projects team for 1 year (six months, renewable for another 6 months), ideally starting mid-April 2024.


As trainee, you will play an important role in Eurocities’ daily work, with a focus on topics linked to culture and to cultural heritage. You will work with the Head of culture on culture and the project coordinator on culture. In this role, you will:

  • monitor policy initiatives and developments at EU level on topics such as cultural policies, cultural heritage, architecture and the built environment, the creative industries, culture and social inclusion, culture and sustainable development etc.
  • carry out research, analysing policy documents
  • support the implementation of EU funded projects on culture
  • support project development in the field of culture, if needed
  • draft briefing notes, articles for Eurocities newsletters or project newsletters
  • update Eurocities web pages and other communications-related tasks
  • contribute to the organisation of meetings linked to culture, both online and onsite
  • update members database
  • give general support to the culture team


You are proactive and enthusiastic about delivering positive results in a flexible manner.

Eurocities will support you in developing your skills for entering the workplace. We have set out below some skills that would help you get the most out of this traineeship.

You have:

  • a university degree, preferably linked to culture
  • a keen interest in local cultural policies
  • basic knowledge and interest about cultural trends in the European Union
  • basic knowledge about cultural policies in the EU, the EU institutions and the role of local authorities
  • excellent oral and written communications skills in English. other languages is an asset
  • advanced writing skills
  • excellent organisational skills
  • problem-solving approach
  • good interpersonal skills for an international environment
  • experience with Microsoft Teams
  • digital awareness for online meetings

You are:

  • a dynamic team player
  • able to work independently
  • agile in a changing environment with the ability to juggle competing deadlines

We offer

  • a 1-year traineeship contract (six-month renewable for another 6 months), starting in April 2024,
  • a full-time position that will be carried out at Eurocities office in Brussels;
  • a remuneration of approximately €1,000 per month.

Important: Eurocities will provide you with a Belgian trainee contract (CIP “convention d’immersion professionnelle”). Due to the CIP requirements and conditions, the selected candidate will need to either live in Belgium or be willing to move to Belgium for the duration of the contract (candidates need to provide a Belgian address).

More information on this type of contract may be found on:


  • meal vouchers
  • full reimbursement of public transport costs

Some other benefit examples are:

  • training opportunities and access to online training
  • a dynamic international team
  • a pleasant working environment
  • flexible working hours
  • part-time teleworking

Eurocities promotes the importance of a work life balance.

How to apply

Applicants are requested to send a letter of motivation explaining their suitability for the position (1 page maximum), together with a CV by COB on 10 March 2024 to: Patricia de Wouters, Head of HR, at

Please send the documents in pdf format and mention ‘CIP Culture’ in the subject line.

A longlist of candidates will be drawn up, with pre-selected candidates invited to a one-hour remote test. On the basis of the test results, shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview On 25 & 26 March 2024 (please note that the interviews will be scheduled either in person in Brussels, or remotely on Teams).

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