Traineeships in the European Commission 805 views

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The European Commission is inviting university graduates from all over the world to apply for Traineeships in the European Commission (EC) for the March 2019 to July 2019 Traineeship Programme. The European Commission Traineeships are paid, 5-month traineeships with the EC or services or agencies, mostly in Brussels, but also in Luxembourg and across the European Union. The traineeships start on either 1st March or 1st October of each year. Every year, there are about 1,300 places available.

Trainees may work for example, in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy, etc and a typical trainee’s daily work consists primarily of: attending and organising meetings, working groups, forums and public hearings; researching and compiling documentation, reports, consultations and answering queries; and running projects.

There are 2 types of traineeship – administrative and translation; and candidates can only apply for 1 type at a time.


Trainees will receive a monthly stipend of €1,176.83 and reimbursement of travel expenses. Accident and health insurance can also be provided. Visa costs and related medical fees may be reimbursed together with the travel expenditures.

Selected candidates will receive hands-on experience in the international and multicultural environment, invaluable for furthering careers.

The Commission does not cover accommodation expenses. Trainees can expect to pay on average between €350 – €550 per month for accommodation


Applicants have to be university graduates with at least a Bachelors degree of minimum 3 years of study, with very good knowledge of English or French or German (C1/C2 level in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Nationals of EU countries must also have very good proficiency of a second EU official language.

If English, French or German is the mother tongue, the applicant must have a very good and certified knowledge of at least 1 of the other 2 working/procedural languages of the Commission. Those who are EU citizens but are not English, French or German native speakers, need to have a very good knowledge of English, French or German in addition to their mother tongue.

Applicants for translation traineeships (in the Directorate General for Translation) must be able to translate into their main language (normally their native language) from 2 other official EU languages (source languages), provided that their main language must be 1 of the official EU languages. Their 1st source language must be English, French or German, but the 2nd source language can be any of the official EU languages.

People who have previously done more than 6 weeks (or a period of 42 calendar days) of in-service training or work (paid or unpaid) for any of the European institutions, bodies or agencies, in EU-delegations or for Members of Parliament (MEPs) are not eligible.

Applicants must be open to European issues and interested in learning about Commission working methods. They have to be willing to work in a multicultural environment and contribute to everyday work with a fresh point of view. They need to have  proactive attitude.


Applications are to be done online between 16 July 2018 and 31 August 2018.

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