What is in it for you?

  • A paid traineeship of 5 months with the European Commission (or some executive bodies and agencies of the European Institutions like, for instance, the European External Action Service or Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises), starting on either 1st March or 1st October.
  • You will receive a monthly grant of 1,176.83 € as of 1st March 2018 and reimbursement of travel expenses. Accident and health insurance can also be provided.
  • Every year, there are about 1,300 places available.
  • If you are one of the selected candidates you get hands-on experience in an international and multicultural environment. This can be an important enrichment for your further career.


OCTOBER 2017-FEBRUARY 2018 Traineeship


MARCH 2018-JULY 2018 Traineeship


EVALUATION: October-November 2017
Pre-identification: November 2017
Results of eligibility check and pre-selection: December 2017

SELECTION BY DG: December 2017-January 2018
Results of selection: end of January 2018
Sending of offers: end of January 2018

OCTOBER 2018-FEBRUARY 2019 Traineeship

APPLICATIONS: 4/01/2018 (12:00 noon, Brussels time) - 31/01/2018 (12:00 noon, Brussels time)

EVALUATION: March 2018
Pre-identification: April
Eligibility check: April-May

PRE-SELECTION: May-June 2018
Sending of offers: end of June

The traineeship provided me with the perfect opportunity to transition from academia to work. I was lucky enough to work in a unit with whom my knowledge and skills matched and could be put to practice. I have learnt much more on what the EU is, and understood more concretely on where and how I can contribute. Indeed, a major lesson learnt from doing this traineeship is that the EU is not some big brother watching over its Member States and citizens, but rather we are the EU and it is up to us to determine its future and impact beyond its borders.

Francesca Xerri
Current position: October 2016 Traineeship