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Traineeships at the European Commission

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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 primarily for young university graduates and last 3-5 months.

Most of the trainees are nationals of an EU member country or candidate country. However, there are also a limited number of vacancies for nationals of non-member countries.


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, you can’t apply for a Commission traineeship.

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



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

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

For the October traineeships it is 31 January of the same 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.