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Trainee for social affairs


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.

We are recruiting a trainee to work on topics linked to social affairs, to become a member of the social affairs team for six months initially, renewable for another 6 months, starting beginning of May 2023.

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.


As trainee, you will play an important role in Eurocities’ daily work, with a focus on topics linked to social affairs. You will work with the Head of Social Affairs, covering topics related to social inclusion and integration of vulnerable groups (homeless, young people, migrants and refugees, elderly or children)- at the local level. In this role, you will:

  • monitor policy initiatives and developments at EU level on topics such as employment and skills, integration of migrants, housing and homelessness, and on relevant processes such as the European Pillar of Social Rights, European Semester and European Social Fund+
  • support with research, gathering and analysing data and good practice examples on policy and projects in cities in areas related to social services
  • analyse policy documents and draft briefing notes, as well as contributing to writing of policy statements and reports
  • provide logistical support to the Social affairs team, including contributing to organising of Social affairs forum, mutual learning events, and working groups
  • provide project administrative support, drafting reports, tracking, and filing of documents update members database
  • give general support to the social affairs forum 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 social affairs
  • previous engagement in social affairs
  • basic knowledge about social policies in the EU, the EU institutions and the role of local authorities
  • a keen interest in local social policies
  • excellent oral and written communications skills in English, other languages are an asset
  • advanced writing skills
  • excellent organisational skills
  • problem-solving approach
  • attention to detail
  • 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, starting beginning of May 2023 (six-month renewable for another 6 months);
  • a full-time position that will be carried out at Eurocities office in Brussels;
  • a remuneration of approximately €1,000 per month.
  • a dynamic international team
  • a pleasant working environment
  • flexible working hours
  • part-time teleworking

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, public transport costs, 13th month, 90€ net per month of teleworking allowance, training opportunities.

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, together with a CV by 12.00 on 31 March 2023 to: Patricia de Wouters, Head of HR, at

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

Interviews will be held in person on Tuesday 1April 2023.

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