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Traineeships at the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC)


Traineeships at the European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (ETC) provide undergraduates for the opportunity to gain experience and insight into the work of a Human Rights Institute.

With this in mind, the ETC from time to time announces project-related traineeships. Unsolicited applications for general/non-project-related traineeships will be considered subject to contents and room-based capabilities.



Trainees will be given the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and increase their practical skills. Trainees are entitled to attend the ETC and be involved in all its activities, without any duties or remuneration. Purpose of the traineeship is giving interested persons a general understanding of the daily work of the ETC as well as providing the possibility to deepen their knowledge in the fields of human rights and democracy and gather practical experiences. Considering their personal interests and qualifications, trainees can get in touch with all aspects of the daily work of the ETC such as research projects, human rights education, documentation, publications, and technical and administrational issues.



A very good level of written and spoken English is required for applicants. Additional language skills are beneficial; especially German language skills are also beneficial. Very good PC-user skills, reliability and accuracy are requirements for acceptance as well. A special degree or field of study or education are not necessary, but applicants need an adequate background with regard to the ETC’s field of activities and projects. Knowledge of human rights issues and/or practical experience in the field of human rights, as well as experience in project management are considered to be beneficial.



Traineeships at the ETC run for a period of three months. The weekly hours of project-related traineeships are dependent on the respective project and will be announced separately. For non- project-related traineeships the weekly hours usually are twelve (4 hours on 3 days). Trainees will receive a certificate upon completion of the traineeship.


Application and selection procedure:

Applications must include a CV and a letter of motivation. Additionally, a paper, written by one-self, preferably composed in English language and in word-format, has to be attached (a human rights related topic would be interesting).

If all requirements are met the applicant will be invited to an interview. The decision on acceptance will be made by the executive board.



Traineeships are unpaid. For their attendance and activities at the ETC trainees do not receive any payment. Social insurance for occupational risks at the “Allgemeine Unfallversicherungsanstalt” (AUVA, Austrian Worker’s Compensation Board) will be covered by the ETC. Other insurance, travel expenses, visa, accommodation and living expenses are under the applicant’s responsibility.



To apply for a traineeship at the ETC please send your application documents by e-mail to Isabella Meier.