Outside the office

A traineeship at the European Commission is much more than just a professional experience. Each batch of trainees organises a huge range of non-formal learning, social activities, from football to wine-tasting and much in between - in true bureaucratic fashion, each with its own organising committee. There are usually 40-50 of such activities to choose from.

The main social committee is the Trainees' Committee, which organises parties and social events in Brussels and Luxembourg. Among the most popular events are the Job Fair, which is meant to help you work out your next steps in your professional life, and the prestigious Euroball.

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