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A job with the European Commission, the largest of the institutions of the European Union, is a sought-after career for a growing number of Europe's brightest young people. Competition for jobs is therefore extremely keen, but rewards in terms of responsibility and salary are commensurate.

Recruitment is open to women and men, who are nationals of an EU Member State. Entry is mainly by open competition, involving written examinations and an interview. There are two categories: Category AD for graduate posts and Category AST for non-graduate posts.  Each category is divided into grades.

A centralised recruitment office for all the European Union Institutions was officially launched on 30th January 2003. The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) pools the resources of the different European institutions in order to ensure improved planning and organisation of the recruitment of EU officials. Candidates for EU careers will now have one focal point, which will in turn facilitate coherent planning of recruitment competitions and ensure common standards.

To find out more about the above posts and fixed-term ‘Contract Agent’ posts visit the main Recruitment website , where you will find our brochure and news about competitions.

Further information

UK nationals who are interested in working for one of the EU institutions or agencies can obtain assistance and advice by contacting the UK Representation to the EU ( or They can also obtain specific information and advice on the Civil Service's European Fast Stream scheme by checking the EFS pages or by emailing

The Stage: training opportunities for graduates

The European Commission offers two five-month periods of in-service training (stages) for university graduates from the member states of the European Union and to a limited number of nationals from non-member countries. These training periods entail work experience in one of the Commission's departments and run from 1 March and 1 October each year.

For full details

Volunteer Trainee Requests 

The European Commission Representation in the UK receives a large number of volunteer trainee requests. However, for logistical reasons we can only accommodate a fixed number of volunteer trainees per year.

Volunteer placements are available in our London office to university students who are required to complete work experience as part of their studies. Volunteers must be covered by a medical insurance policy, or alternatively provide their own equivalent.  Membership of the NHS or the holding of an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) are acceptable forms of medical insurance. 

The placements are based in our Political, Media or Communications/Partnerships & Networks sections.  One of the February placements will be specifically to prepare a High-Level Annual Event. Excellent spoken and written English together with an interest in the work of the Representation are essential.

Volunteers should be aware that completion of work experience of this type of more than six weeks' duration will preclude them from applying for a place on the official traineeship programme of the European Commission ("blue book internships").[1]

Interested volunteers should send their CV and a supporting letter stating clearly which of the dates below and how many days per week they are available to

Although applications are welcome from all nationalities, for practical reasons priority will be given to EU nationals.

No requests can be accepted after the deadlines for the respective dates, as follows:

18 May to 17 July 2015 – deadline for requests 18 March 2015 

14 September to 27 November 2015 – deadline for requests 10 July 2015


[ 1] For further information

Europe Direct




If you are interested in working not for the European Commission but in another country of the European Union then please either visit the Europe Direct web site or call freephone number: 00800 6 7 8 9 10 11


Last update: 12/12/2014  |Top