DG Translation offers a small number of traineeships each year. These last five months and are open to graduates looking to gain some professional translation experience within the European institutions. The linguistic and academic requirements are the same as for permanent translators. Regrettably, because of the limited number of places, we cannot take all applicants.
Trainees are usually assigned to a translation unit made up of translators with the same mother tongue or main language. As a trainee you do the same work as staff colleagues — translating into your mother tongue* from at least two official EU languages. Your work is revised by experienced senior staff. In some cases you may be assigned to terminology work or to one of DG Translation's administrative units.
Trainees receive a grant of some € 1,000 per month. [Updated August 2013]
Commission traineeships run for five months from 1 March and 1 October every year.
You are not eligible to apply if you have already completed an EU traineeship lasting more than six weeks elsewhere.
If you meet the requirements above, fill out the online trainee application on the Traineeships Office website. The various stages of the procedure are clearly set out there.
The deadlines for applications are:
The online application form is available for filling out only:
No paper documents are needed at this stage. Only preselected candidates will be invited later to:
How to apply for a traineeship
— summary of the above, in all EU languages
Where to find translation traineeships — EU institutions (leaflet)
*Must be an official EU language