Advice for applicants

Once the application period has closed, potential candidates will undergo the first phase of the pre-selection for the Blue Book, i.e. assessment of applications.

Candidates are anonymously evaluated in the assessment phase by two different evaluators, on the basis of following criteria:

  • Level of education (a full university degree of at least three years of studies is mandatory);
  • Language level in one of the three European Commission working/procedural languages (English, French, German) other than your mother tongue/s (mandatory);
  • Language level in the remaining European official languages and/or non EU-languages, if applicable;
  • Relevance of work experience, if applicable;
  • International profile - experience of living/working abroad (mobility);
  • Motivation and quality of reasoning;
  • IT Skills, organisational skills, publications and rare domains of study.

If they successfully pass the first phase of the pre-selection, candidates are "pre-identified" and admitted to the second phase of the pre-selection, i.e. verification of supporting documents/eligibility check.

For the level of education, candidates can send:

  • the certificate/s with the final grade/s clearly mentioned;
  • the Europass Diploma Supplement, if available;
  • university transcripts.

The latter are accepted as only proof for the level of education if the certificate/s is/are not available, but only if the date of degree and the final mark awarded are clearly mentioned.

We accept diplomas in all 24 official EU languages. If they are written in a non-EU official language, a translation in one of the 24 official EU languages (possibly in English, French or German) must be attached. No certified translations are required but highly appreciated.

Up to three relevant work experiences can be mentioned in the application. Only work experience that is related to the profile that is selected and lasted, uninterruptedly, more than 6 weeks should be declared. Traineeships made during university courses are already assessed as part of the education and shall not be mentioned as work experiences.

Applying to the Blue Book programme does not prevent candidates from applying to other EU traineeship schemes in other institutions at the same time. However, if they decide to do a traineeship of more than 6 weeks (or a period of 42 calendar days) of in-service training or work (paid or unpaid) for any of the European institutions, bodies or agencies, in EU-delegations or for Members of Parliament (MEPs), they will no longer be eligible for the Blue Book.

If the supporting documents match the declarations in the application, candidates successfully pass the eligibility check and are introduced in the Blue Book. If the supporting documents are insufficient, incomplete and/or do not match exactly the declarations in the application, candidates fail the eligibility check and are not included in the Blue Book.

Once in the Blue Book, different EC units can then see the applications of the candidates and, potentially, select them as trainees.

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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