Applications are invited for the full paid European Union Traineeships October 2018.  A paid traineeship of 5 months with the European Commission (or some executive bodies and agencies of the European Institutions like, for instance, the European External Action Service or Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises).
Tranieeship Duration:

  • Five Months

Traineeship Dates:

  • Starting on either 1st March or 1st October

No. of Traineeships:

  • Every year, there are about 1,300 places available

Traineeship Benefits:

  • If you are one of the selected candidates you get hands-on experience in an international and multicultural environment. This can be an important enrichment for your further career.
  • EU knowledge – insight into the processes and policies of the European Institutions
  • Practical experience – an opportunity to play a part in the Commission’s day-to-day business
  • Opportunity to put academic theory into practice

Financial Support:

  • You will receive a monthly grant of 1,176.83 € as of 1st March 2018
  • Reimbursement of travel expenses
  • Accident and health insurance can also be provided.

Traineeship Activities:

  • Attending and organising meetings, working groups, forums, public hearings
  • Researching and compiling documentation, reports, consultations, answering queries
  • Running projects

Eligibility Criteria:
The traineeship programme is open to university graduates, from all over the world who have a:

  1. Degree of at least 3 years of study (a Bachelor or equivalent);
  2. Very good knowledge of English or French or German (C1/C2 level in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);
  3. Very good knowledge of a second EU official language (required for nationals of EU countries).
  • You must have completed at least 3-years of study with a degree to apply for a Blue Book traineeship. Only if you have a certificate or official confirmation from your university that you have at least a 3-year degree will you be eligible to apply.
  • You can apply once per session but as many times as you want until you are finally selected. If you do not pass the pre-selection, or you are in the Blue Book but not selected for a traineeship, you will have to submit again your application. The same pre-selection process will apply without guarantee that you will make it to the final stage: Blue Book, next time round.
  • Due to popular demand and feedback received from former candidates, the interpretation of Article 2.2.2 of the rules governing the official traineeships scheme of the European Commission has been modified: the mother tongue/s, although not assessed through points in the pre-selection exercise, is considered as proof of “very good knowledge” of a language.
  • As an EU citizen, you must have a very good and certified knowledge of at least two official languages of the EU, one of which should be a working language of the European Commission (English, French or German).
  • As a non-EU citizen, you must have a very good and certified knowledge of at least one of working languages of the European Commission (English, French or German).
  • The level of linguistic knowledge must qualify as “very good knowledge” and be accompanied by duly certified proof and correspond to a C1/C2 level in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

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Application Deadline:

  • 04/01/2018 (12:00 noon, Brussels time) – 31/01/2018 (12:00 noon, Brussels time)


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