Traineeships in the European Commission 946 views

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The European Commission is inviting university graduates from all over the world to apply for the European Commission Blue Book traineeship programme for the March 2020 to July 2020 period. 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. There are 2 periods of 5-month traineeships each year, from March to end July and from October to end February of the next 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 for living expenses of €1,196.84 (2019 rate) and reimbursement of travel expenses. 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 to €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 2 EU official languages, 1 of which must be a procedural language: English or French or German (C1/C2 level in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). The traineeship is open to all EU citizens regardless of age. A limited number of places are also allocated to non EU nationals. For non EU nationals only 1 procedural language is required.

Applicants must not have prior work experience of any kind, that is more than 6 weeks, in any EU institution, body or agency, EU delegations, with Members of Parliament (MEPs) or Advocates General at the EUCJ.

All applicants should be open to European issues and have an interest in learning about Commission working methods. They have to be willing to work in a multicultural environment, are able to contribute to work with a fresh point of view and possess a proactive attitude.

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 (B2 at least but level C1/C2 is preferred). At least 1 of the source languages the applicant is fluent in must be French, English or German, because the EU receives a large volume of translations and documents in French, English or German, and these are also the languages that EU staff members most frequently use in their work.


Applications are to be done online by 30 August 2019.

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