Communication - Public Affairs Traineeship

Community Plant Variety Office

The Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) in Angers invites applications for a traineeship of 12 months.

Detailed information about the CPVO can be found at http://www.cpvo.europa.eu/


Profile / Duties

Under the supervision of the Communication Officer, the trainee will be involved in a wide range of communication projects aimed at promoting the CPVO activities to relevant stakeholders, the public and the media.

In particular, the trainee will be requested to produce content for CPVO’s online communication channels such as the website, social media and the newsletter.

Key strengths include:

Content Creation and Management: Expertise in producing high-quality digital content, including social media posts, articles, interviews. 

Social Media Savvy: Proven experience in managing and developing social media accounts, ensuring consistent, impactful online presence. 

Skilled in drafting public messages in collaboration with technical and legal experts. 

Stakeholder Engagement: Adept at identifying and mapping relevant stakeholders, assessing database relevance, and tailoring communications to different audiences. 

Event Planning and Coordination: Experience in planning, organising, and executing events. 

Networking and Relationship Building: Ability to build and maintain relationships with a range of stakeholders. 

Language Proficiency: Excellent command of English and satisfactory knowledge of another EU official language. Knowledge of French is an advantage. 

Adaptability and Teamwork: Thrives in international environments, demonstrating strong interpersonal skills and a keen interest in EU policies. A sociable team player who is dynamic, proactive, and eager to learn. 

The CPVO is a dynamic and multicultural working environment where the communication trainee will receive support and guidance from experienced professionals and where she/he will be able to use her/his creativity and make his/her contribution visible. This traineeship is a unique opportunity to gain experience with a European Union agency and be directly involved on pan-European communication projects.

General Conditions

To be considered eligible, applicants must satisfy the following requirements on the closing date for the submission of applications:

Candidates who fulfilled a traineeship in another EU institution can apply.



  • Experience in producing editorial content - e.g. articles, blog posts; 

  • Capacity to translate complex technical matters in simple language; 

  • Strong interest to work in an international environment and to learn about EU policies; 

  • Creative thinking and ability to work autonomously and to pay attention to details; 

  • Be sociable team player, dynamic, proactive, keen to learn and flexible; 

  • Experience with a web CMS;

  • Interest in the European Union project.

Professional Experience

None required

Additional Requirements


Contractual Conditions

The successful candidate will be offered a traineeship of 12 months, not renewable.

Grant: trainees will be awarded a monthly traineeship grant, equal to 25% of basic salary for EU officials in grade AD5 step 1 as of 31.12.2023, plus the correction coefficient for France (for information: 1.645,38 € in 2024).

The place of traineeship is Angers, France. 

Start date:  1st October 2024

Recruitment procedure

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an online interview via MS-Teams.

For applications to be valid, candidates must be made through the CPVO electronic recruitment portal which can be found on the CPVO web site: Recruitment | CPVO (europa.eu) 

Incomplete applications, and applications not sent via this tool, will automatically be excluded from the selection procedure. 





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