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 Blue Book Traineeship truely is an excellent programme. You get to know the Commission from the inside out: what does a director do, how does a Commissioner get briefed, where do I - a young professional - fit in. This knowledge will benefit me throughout my career, and I would recommend it to everyone.

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Current position: October 2016 Traineeship