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Rules governing the official traineeships scheme

Please make sure you have read and fully understood these rules before applying for a traineeship.

Rules governing the official traineeships scheme
of the European Commission

(Commission Decision of 2.03.2005 - C(2005)458)


1.1. General

These rules govern the official traineeships scheme of the Commission of the European Union. This scheme is addressed mainly to young university graduates, without excluding those who – in the framework of lifelong learning – have recently obtained a university diploma and are at the beginning of a new professional career.

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Annex I - Basic diplomas required for the traineeship:

In many countries university reforms are under way. Therefore it is not possible at present to give a complete list of basic diplomas. Please note that you can only apply once you have been awarded a University level diploma requiring at least 3 years study (see point 2.2 of the rules).

ECTS points are not accepted as degree equivalent.

Last update: May 2008


Annex II - European Institutions and Bodies

EU institutions and other bodies Choose translations of the previous link 

Important! Motivation and exclusion criteria: 

If you have already had a working experience, paid or unpaid, lasting more than six weeks for EU institutions and bodies Choose translations of the previous link  you are no more eligible for Blue Book traineeships.

If you volunteered for activities supporting the European Union and its institutions (such as EPSO's EU Career Ambassadors Choose translations of the previous link , DG Education and Culture's Erasmus Ambassadorspdf Choose translations of the previous link , Youth Ambassadors  or similar initiatives), please mention this in the 'Motivation' section, not in the 'Professional experience' section!



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