Trainee for economic development


Eurocities, the network of major European cities, is looking for a trainee to work on topics linked to economic development, to become a member of its policy team for six months initially, renewable for another 6 months, starting in January 2022.


As trainee, you will play an important role in Eurocities’ daily work, with a focus on topics linked to economic development. You will work with policy advisor on economic development. In this role, you will:

  • monitor policy initiatives and developments at the EU level on topics such as strategies of urban and regional development, spatial economics, innovation & entrepreneurship, finance & long-term investments, institutions & international economic relations and public services
  • carry out research, analysing policy documents
  • analyse policy documents and draft briefing notes
  • draft articles for Eurocities newsletter, update Eurocities web pages and other communications-related tasks
  • contribute to the organisation of the forum and working group meetings, both online and onsite
  • update members database
  • give general support to the economic development team
  • support the implementation of EU funded projects


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 economic & regional development issues
  • basic knowledge and interest in local & regional economic development trends in the European Union
  • basic knowledge about economic development policies in the EU, the EU institutions and the role of local authorities
  • a keen interest in economic policies
  • 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 six-month traineeship contract, starting as soon as possible, renewable for another 6 months;
  • a full-time position that will be carried out at Eurocities office in Brussels. However, due to strict measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 you will be asked to telework initially;
  • a remuneration of approximately €1,000 per month.

Important: Eurocities will provide you with a Belgian trainee contract (“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 trainings
  • a dynamic international team
  • a pleasant working environment
  • flexible working and relaxed dress code
  • part time teleworking

Eurocities promotes the importance of a work life balance.

Applicants are requested to send a letter of motivation explaining their suitability for the position, together with a CV by 14h on Friday 3 December 2021 to: Patricia de Wouters, HR coordinator, at
Please send the documents in pdf format and mention ‘CIP edf’ in the subject line.

Interviews will be held virtually the week of 13 December 2021.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. CV and personal data of non-selected candidates are not shared with anyone outside EUROCITIES and will be deleted immediately after the recruitment process. For more information, read our privacy policy.