Registration is open for the Blue Book traineeship program October 2022 session.
Twice a year, the Commission offers 5-month paid traineeships in its Directorate-Generals, agencies and bodies.
Trainees work all over the European Commission, its services and agencies, mostly in Brussels, but also in Luxembourg and elsewhere across the European Union.
The nature of your work will depend on the service you are assigned to.
You may, for example, work in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy, etc.
What does a trainee’s daily work consist of?
- Attending and organising meetings, working groups, and public hearings
- Researching, drafting end editing documentation – including reports and consultations
- Answering citizens’ inquiries
- Supporting the management of projects
- Translating, revising translations or researching terminology
What do they expect from you?
- An open-minded approach to European issues
- An interest in learning about the Commission’s working methods
- Willingness to work in a multicultural environment
- To contribute to the Commission’s daily work from a fresh perspective
- A proactive attitude
What is the duration of the traineeship?
- March to the end of July
- October to the end of February the following year.
- Paid Traineeship Programme
- Living allowance of €1,229.32 per month
- Visa Costs
- Medical Fees
- Travel Allowance
- Career Opportunities
The traineeship programme is open to university graduates who
- have completed a standard 3-year higher education degree (minimum EQF 6 level), corresponding to a complete Bachelor’s cycle, or equivalent. Only if you have a certificate or official confirmation from your university that you have such a degree will you be eligible to apply. You will have to provide the following documents
- diplomas or certificates with final grades clearly indicated
- and proof of minimum EQF 6 level.
- have no prior work experience of any kind, in excess of 6 weeks in any EU institution, body or agency, delegation, with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), or Advocates General at the Court of Justice of the European Union (EUCJ)
- have a very good knowledge of languages
- For the administrative traineeship – you must have a very good knowledge of two EU official languages, one of which must be a procedural language: English, French or German at C1 or C2 level as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and a second one at B2 level at least as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. For non-EU nationals, only one procedural language is required at C1 or C2 level.
- For the translation traineeship in the Directorate-General for Translation (DGT) – you must be able to translate into your main/target language (normally your mother tongue), from two other official EU languages (‘source languages’*).
- your main/target language must be one of the official EU languages
- your first source language for translation must be a working language of the EU: English, French or German
- your second source language can be any of the official EU languages with at least B2-level proficiency
* At least one of the source languages you offer must be French, English or German. This is because
- the EU receives a large volume of translations and documents in French, English or German
- French, English and German are the languages that EU staff members most frequently use in their work
Most documents sent to DGT in languages other than French, English and German come from the Member States. Some documents come from international organisations and national associations that write to the Commission in English.Eligible Regions: Countries of European
- First, create an account and then log in to it.
- Then, complete the online application form providing answer to all the questions.
- Application Language: English, French, German
- Apply online using the Apply Now link.
Application Deadline: January 31, 2022Application ClosedOfficial link