Work with us

The team of the European Audiovisual Observatory is characterised by a passion for the audiovisual sector and dedicated work in a multi-cultural environment. If you would like to work with us, we invite you to periodically check our website for permanent or temporary positions. The Observatory also takes in graduates as trainees.

Permanent employment

Vacancies for permanent posts with the European Audiovisual Observatory are announced below and on the Council of Europe jobs website. Please note that all applications must be submitted via the Council of Europe online application system.

We currently have no vacancies. Thank you for your interest in the European Audiovisual Observatory. We invite you to come back and visit the site at a later date.

Temporary employment

The European Audiovisual Observatory occasionally has temporary employment opportunities for a maximum duration of nine months. Depending on the requested profiles, these positions may be published on the Observatory website and are open for direct applications.
Alternatively, the Observatory may also resort to the Council of Europe pool of applications; you may, therefore, send a speculative application for temporary employment to the Council of Europe via its online application system.


Given the current sanitary situation in Europe and the probability that this will not return to normal in the near future, the Observatory will not be accepting trainees until at least the end of July 2021.

The European Audiovisual Observatory hopes to be in a position to offer the following two traineeship opportunities in 2021.

  • Legal research traineeship in the field of media law;
  • Communication traineeship involving presswork, PR and social media.

If you are currently studying law or communication, and are looking to apply your knowledge in an international environment, then this opportunity might be for you.

If you are interested in either of these traineeships, please send your CV and a motivation letter stating which dates from August onwards would suit you to: applications.obs[at] Please specify in your application which of the two opportunities interest you. 

The European Audiovisual Observatory welcomes graduates with a background in audiovisual media as trainees. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have the nationality of one of the Council of Europe member states;
  • Have a bachelor's degree or equivalent in one of the areas corresponding to the Observatory‚Äôs activities;
  • Have a very good knowledge of one of the three Observatory official languages (English, French or German) and good knowledge in one of the other official languages.

If neither of the current opportunities interest you, but you wish to be considered for traineeships in other fields please follow the general guidance below.

In order to apply, you can either send a spontaneous application to the above email address (flexible dates) or participate in the Council of Europe traineeship scheme,which comprises of two official traineeship sessions each year (beginning in March and September). For your online application with the Council of Europe, please specify your wish to work with the Observatory by selecting the following department:

  • Directorate General Human Rights and rule of Law (DGI)
    • Directorate of Information Society and Action against Crime
      • European Audiovisual Observatory

Council of Europe traineeships last from eight weeks to five months. Irrespective of the way you apply, please note that traineeships are not remunerated.