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Paid 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

The traineeship programme is open to university graduates, from all over the world who have:

  • a degree of at least 3 years of study (minimum a Bachelor)
  • a very good knowledge of English, French or German (C1/C2 level in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
  • a very good knowledge of a second EU official language (required for nationals of EU countries)


If you have completed a traineeship in another European Union institution or body or have worked for more than 6 weeks, or 42 calendar days (week-ends included) in any European institution, EU Body, EU Executive Agency, EU delegations or for Members of Parliament (MEPs), you can’t apply for a Commission traineeship.

You must submit the application before the deadline. Please note that no paper application will be accepted.

Selected trainees will receive a grant of approximately EUR 1,159.40 per month and reimbursement of travel expenses. Accident and health insurance are also provided. Disabled trainees may receive a supplement to their grant.



For the March 2018 – July 2018 traineeships the deadline is 31 August 2017, 12:00 noon, Brussels time.


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.

Published: Mon, 07/08/2017 - 15:53

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