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.

I learned a lot during my Traineeship at the EC. After my MA in European Studies, it was interesting to see how the Commission really works from the inside. Brussels is often in the news, and it was exciting to feel right at the heart of it all. My colleagues were friendly and I integrated quickly into my Unit. And best of all, at the end of it I was delighted to be offered the chance to stay and work for the Commission!

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Current position: October 2016 Traineeship