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Traineeships at the European Commission

Always wanted to know how the European Commission really works? If you apply for a traineeship you can find out from the inside.

The European Commission organises administrative or translation traineeships twice a year. The traineeships are addressed to all university graduates and last 5 months.


How to apply


To apply you must have completed a full university degree (or its equivalent) and have a very good knowledge of English, French or German. If you are a national of an EU country, you should also have a very good knowledge of a second EU language.

If you have completed a traineeship in another EU institution or body for more than six weeks, you can’t apply for a Commission traineeship.

For your application to be valid you must complete and submit the application form online before the deadline for application.

Please note that no paper application will be accepted.



The traineeship period usually starts on 1 October and 1 March, but for translation trainees they may start on other dates.


For the October traineeships. the call for applications will open on 4 January 2016 (12:00 noon, Brussels time) with deadline 29 January 2016, 12:00 noon, Brussels time.


For the March traineeships the application deadline is 31 August of the preceding year.


Launched in 1960, this is the longest running traineeship programme of its kind. The traineeships at the European Commission will provide you with practical knowledge of the working of Commission departments and enable you to acquire personal experience through the contacts you will make in the course of your everyday work. You will also be able to further and put into practice the knowledge you have acquired during your studies. Usually, trainees are awarded a training grant, while disabled trainees may receive a supplementary grant.