Rules governing the official traineeship

Please make sure you have read and fully understood these rules before applying for a traineeship.

Due to popular demand and feedback received from former candidates, the interpretation of Article 2.2.2 of the rules governing the official traineeships scheme of the European Commission has been modified: the mother tongue/s, although not assessed through points in the pre-selection exercise, is considered as proof of "very good knowledge" of a language.

As an EU citizen, you must have a very good and certified knowledge of at least two official languages of the EU, one of which should be a working language of the European Commission (English, French or German).

As a non-EU citizen, you must have a very good and certified knowledge of at least one of working languages of the European Commission (English, French or German).

The level of linguistic knowledge must qualify as "very good knowledge" and be accompanied by duly certified proof and correspond to a C1/C2 level in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


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Basic diplomas required for the traineeship - Annex I

University reforms are under way in many countries. It is not therefore possible at present to give a complete list of basic diplomas. Please note that you can only apply once you have been awarded a university level diploma requiring at least 3 years study (see point 2.2 of the rules).

ECTS points are not accepted as degree equivalent.

European Institutions and Bodies - Annex II

EU institutions and other bodies

Important! Motivation and exclusion criteria:

If you have already worked (paid or unpaid) for more than six weeks for in any other European institution, EU body, EU Executive Agency, EU delegations, for Members of Parliament (MEPs) or Advocates General at the EUCJ, you are not eligible for Blue Book traineeships.

If you volunteered for activities supporting the European Union and its institutions (such as EPSO's EU Career Ambassadors, DG Education and Culture's Erasmus Ambassadors, Youth Ambassadors or similar initiatives), please mention this in the 'Motivation' section, not in the 'Professional experience' section!

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Being a Blue Book Trainee at the European Commission was the best thing that ever happened to me. I will cherish this experience for the rest of my life. I got to meet wonderful people, I developed useful skills, and I really grew a lot as a person.

Nea Lulik
Current position: October 2016 Traineeship