What’s in it for you?

A paid traineeship of 5 months with the European Commission, 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 the international and multicultural environment. This can be an important enrichment for your further career.

Facts and figures: LEAFLET

 General questions

What's the work like?

Trainees work all over the European Commission. The content of the job largely depends on the service you are assigned to. You may, for example, work in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy …

A typical trainee's daily work mainly consists of:

  • Attending and organising meetings, working groups, forums, public hearings

  • Researching and compiling documentation, reports, consultations, answering queries

  • Running projects

What does the traineeship offer?

  • EU knowledge - insight into the processes and policies of the European Institutions

  • Practical experience - an opportunity to play a part in the Commission's day-to-day business

  • Opportunity to put academic theory into practice

What do we expect from you?

  • Openness to European matters

  • Willingness to learn about the Commission's working methods

  • Contribution to our everyday work with a fresh point of view

  • Proactive attitude

Scientific traineeships are also available at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

 Interested in a traineeship in another institution?

Being a Blue Book trainee showed me how the Commission works, and how young people can contribute towards making it work better. These 5 months were an incredible learning moment, with plenty of first-hand experiences into the everyday policy making of the European Union.

I came here wanting to contribute to making Europe better, and I did - but Europe has also made me better in many ways. Because in the Commission I felt like everyone was a meaningful part of a team, and my voice was heard. Even if you are young, even if you are not so experienced, even if you have a lot of questions for your supervisor, and even if you call the IT department multiple times because you keep forgetting your password in your first day. This is a place where you can get your message across, regardless of who you are.

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