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Work for the EU
Permanent & non-permanent positions
As a national of an EU country, you are eligible for employment with the EU institutions which employ over 40,000 people – mainly in Europe, but also in offices around the world. To find out more what it is like to work for the European Commission, you visit the European Commission Civil Service Portal or watch this video:
To apply, you usually have to enter an 'open competition'. These are managed centrally by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO.) We also offer presentations and workshops on EU careers, to find out the latest on these, please check our "Events"
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Internships are available with the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Central Bank, the Court of Justice of the EU and many other Institutions.
European Commission paid internship – Brussels and other locations
We offer a 5 month internship with a monthly grant of cca €1,120 starting 1 March and 1 October each year. This is an excellent opportunity to get a hands on experience with working in the EU. Interns will have the opportunity to work in the European Commission, in some of the executive bodies and agencies of the European Institutions. You can find more information on our paid traineeships website here.
European Commission volunteer internships in the UK
While you can apply to be a paid intern (see above) and look for a placement in our UK offices, such opportunities are very limited. If you are looking for a shorter and more flexible unpaid arrangement as part of your ongoing studies, you can check our latest call for applications in one of our offices below. Please note that volunteering for than more than six weeks' in our local offices will preclude you from applying for a place on the paid traineeship programme of the European Commission (see above).
Volunteer placements are available in our London office to university students who are required to complete work experience as part of their studies.
Volunteers must be covered by a medical insurance policy, or alternatively provide their own equivalent. Membership of the NHS or the holding of an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) are acceptable forms of medical insurance.
The placements are based in our Political, Media, Communications or Administration sections. Excellent spoken and written English together with an interest in the work of the Representation are essential. Knowledge of a second European language would also be an advantage.
Interested volunteers should send their CV and a supporting letter stating clearly which period they are available and for how many days per week to COMM-LON-TRAINEES@ec.europa.eu.
To be of value to the trainee we suggest a period of not less than a month although we usually find that longer placements are more beneficial. Please be aware that the Political Sector requests interns who would be available for at least 3 months. We are also willing to consider part-time trainees (eg. 1 or 2 days/week) whose placement would then be of a longer duration within the allocated period.
Although applications are welcome from all nationalities, for practical reasons priority will be given to EU nationals.
No requests can be accepted after the deadlines for the respective trainee periods, as follows:
May to Mid-August: 16 March
September to Mid-December: 16 June
January to April: 16 November
Volunteers should be aware that completion of work experience of more than six weeks' duration will preclude them from applying for a place on the European Commission's official paid "Blue Book" scheme for graduates.