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Trainee for economic development


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 economic development, to become a member of the economic development team for 1 year (six months, renewable for another six 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 economic development. You will work with the Forum and Policy Officer, covering topics such as the review of EU economic governance, local financing for the just transition, innovation and local ecosystems, local regeneration strategies, sustainable tourism, skills, and more. In this role, you will:

  • assist in the organisation and follow-up of the Economic Development Forum (EDF) Working Groups meetings, such as (online) knowledge exchanges, workshops, webinars, and discussions;
  • draft articles and collect input for the EDF Forum newsletter as well as the Eurocities newsletter, update the Eurocities internal web pages on EDF issues, and perform other communications-related tasks;
  • monitor policy initiatives, developments and events at the EU level on topics such as strategies of urban and regional development, innovation and entrepreneurship, financing and long-term investments, international economic relations, and public services
  • carry out research, analyse policy documents and draft briefing notes;
  • support the organisation of the EDF annual meeting;
  • support project development work in the area of economic development;
  • maintain the relevant member database;
  • give general support to the EDF team as needed.


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 economic and regional development issues
  • basic knowledge and interest in local and regional economic development trends in the EU
  • 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 are an asset;
  • excellent organisational skills
  • problem-solving approach
  • good interpersonal skills for an international environment;
  • experience with Microsoft Teams
  • good knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite (incl. Teams, SharePoint).

You are:

  • a dynamic team player;
  • able to work independently or with minimal supervision;
  • happy to take the initiative;
  • agile in a changing environment with the ability to juggle competing deadlines.

We offer

  • a 1-year traineeship contract (six months, renewable for another six months), ideally starting in mid-April 2024;
  • a full-time position based at the 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 already live or be willing to move to Belgium for the duration of the contract, as 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;
  • 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 one-page letter of motivation explaining their suitability for the position, together with a CV, by 12.00 CET on 29 February 2024 to: Patricia de Wouters, Head of HR, at Please send the documents in pdf format and mention ‘CIP EDF’ 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 27 and 28 March 2024 (please note that the interviews will be scheduled either in person in Brussels, or remotely on Teams).

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