European Commission Paid Internship/Traineeships

European Commission Paid Internship/Traineeships

This paid internship may be good for what you are asking about European Commission Paid Traineeships
Applications are opening soon for the traineeship session at the European Commission.

Every year, the European Commission offers paid traineeships starting on 1 March or 1 October, for a period of 5 months to university graduates from around the world to learn about the European Commission’s activities and to acquire professional experience in a multicultural environment.

The traineeship offers

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

Trainees work all over the European Commission

The content of the job largely depends on the service you are assigned to.

You may, for example, work in the field of competition law, human resources, and environmental policy.

A typical trainee’s daily work mainly consists of:

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

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)
You will receive a monthly grant of 1,176.83 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 an international and multicultural environment.
This can be an important enrichment for your further career.


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

Degree of at least 3 years of study (minimum a Bachelor);
Very good knowledge of English or French or German (C1/C2 level in accordance with the
Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);
Very good knowledge of a second EU official language (required for nationals of EU countries).
If you are not an English, French, or German native speaker as an EU citizen, then you need to have a very good knowledge of English, French, or German in addition to your mother tongue.
You must have completed at least years of study with a degree to apply for a Blue Book traineeship.
Only if you have a certificate or an 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 have not been selected for a traineeship, you will have to submit again your application.

It will undergo the pre-selection with no guarantee that you will successfully pass it and be in the Blue Book again.

– If you apply for translation traineeships (in the Directorate-General for Translation) you must be able to translate into your main language (normally your native language) from 2 other official EU languages (source languages):

Your main language must be one of the official EU languages.
Your 1st source language must be English, French, or German.
Your 2nd source language can be any of the official EU languages.

Openness to European matters
Willingness to learn about the Commission’s working methods
Contribution to our everyday work with a fresh point of view
Proactive attitude

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