Who can apply?

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 (minimum a Bachelor);
  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 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 not selected for a traineeship, you will have to submit again your application. It will undergo again the pre-selection with no guarantee that you will successfully pass it and be in the Blue Book again.

Article 2.2.2 of the rules governing the official traineeships scheme of the European Commission must be interpreted as excluding the mother tongue/s, which is/are not assessed with points in the first phase of the pre-selection exercise. Points are awarded on the basis of merits.

Therefore, if English, French or German is your mother tongue (also as a non-EU citizen), you must have a very good and certified knowledge of at least one of the other two working/procedural languages of the Commission.

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.

The level of linguistic knowledge must qualify as "very good knowledge", be accompanied by duly certified proof and correspond to a C1/C2 level in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

 Translation traineeships

If you apply for translation traineeships (in the Translation Directorate General) 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.
 

You can only apply for one type of traineeship at a time – administrative or translation.

People who have previously done more than 6 weeks (or a period of 42 calendar days) of in-service training or work (paid or unpaid) for any of the European institutions, bodies or agencies, in EU-delegations or for Members of Parliament (MEPs) are excluded.