Youth and Europe - The Stagiaire Scheme of The European Commission

The purpose of in-service training with the European Commission is to:

- Give trainees a general idea of the objectives and problems of European integration;
- Provide them with practical knowledge of the working of Commission departments;
- Enable them to acquire personal experience by means of the contacts made in the course of their everyday work;
- Enable them to further and put into practice the knowledge they have acquired during their studies or professional careers.

The training period begins with a general introduction to Community matters, which lasts a week. Following this, trainees are attached to Commission directorates. In post they are guided by their programme advisers who supervise their training and advise them on their work.

Trainees attend meetings on subjects of interest to them, unless these meetings are confidential, receive documentation and participate in the work of the department to which they are attached at a level corresponding to their educational and working background.

Trainees are selected from among nationals of the 15 Member States of the European Union. However, a limited number of nationals of non-member countries may be accepted. Training periods last at least three and at most five months.

Applicants should have a thorough knowledge of one language of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of one other.

For further information, please contact

European Commission
Directorate-general for Education and Culture
Citizens' Centre - Traineeships Office
Rue de la Loi/Wetstraat, 200
B-1049 Brussels

Or Traineeships Office Web-site :
http://ec.europa.eu/stages