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.

My traineeship in DG AGRI gave me the opportunity to discover a topic I didn't know previously and work on the implementation of current and conception of new policy. I felt like I was a full member of my team from the very first day and feel like I really understand how the EU works from the inside now.