Apply for Paid Traineeships With the European Commission (Up to 1300 Openings Available for University Graduates from Across the Globe)

07 Jan, 2018


The European Commision is calling for applicants for its paid traineeship of 5 months, starting on either 1st March or 1st October. Successful candidates will receive a monthly grant of 1,176.83 € as of 1st March 2018 and reimbursement of travel expenses. Accident and health insurance can also be provided.

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

If you are one of the selected candidates you get hands-on experience in the international and multicultural environment. This can be an important enrichment for your further career.


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.

Candidates are evaluated anonymously by evaluators and get points on the basis of the following criteria and, in the following order of relevance:

  • Level of education (minimum – ‘bachelor’ or equivalent);
  • Level of skills in one of the three European Commission working/procedural languages (EN, FR, DE);
  • Level of skills in any other of the 21 official European languages as well as in any non-EU languages, if any;
  • Minimum one and up to three languages are accepted as mother tongues; no proof of mother tongue is required (but neither are points awarded). Therefore, should you possess more than one mother tongue, you have the choice to either a) declare all of them under the “Mother tongue” section, knowing that they you will not gain points for any language declared as a mother tongue during the evaluation; or b) declare one of them under the “Mother tongue” section and the other(s) in the “Other languages” section as long as you can prove (by the same means as for non-mother tongues) that your level of proficiency corresponds to at least a C1;
  • Relevant working experience, if any;
  • International profile (education/work/volunteering abroad, mobility, aptitude to work in an international atmosphere), if any;
  • Motivation and quality of reasoning;
  • IT Skills, organisational skills and rare domains of studies
  • Papers and publications, if any.

How to Apply

For more information about this opportunity and to apply, follow the link below:

Application Deadline: 31/01/2018 (12:00 noon, Brussels time)

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