the European Commission Traineeship opens twice a year, and offer around 1800 paid internship positions. the programme is offered for the duration of five (5) months ( March to July or October to February), in administrative or translation traineeships.
The European Commission Paid 5 Months Traineeship starts on 1 March or 1 October. Trainees will work 40 hours a week and gain hands-on experience in EU policymaking in a multicultural environment. The European Commission internship application is done online and is open for EU and non EU citizens.
- Host Institutions: European Commission.
- Area: Competition law, human resources, environmental policy, etc.
- Number of Positions: 1800.
- Duration: 5-month ( March to the end of July or October to the end of February), mostly in Brussels, but also in Luxembourg and elsewhere across the European Union.
- Target group: Open to all.
European Commission Traineeship Benefits
Selected candidates for the European Commission internship will have the following benefits:
- Insight into the processes and policies of the European Institutions;
- An opportunity to contribute to the day-to-day work of the Commission;
- The opportunity to put academic theory into practice;
- A living allowance of €1,220.78 per month for the 2020 sessions.
European Commission Traineeship Eligibility
To qualify for the European Commission Traineeship programme, applicants must:
- Have a degree of at least 3 years of study (minimum a Bachelor);
- Very good knowledge of English, French or German (C1/C2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);
- Very good knowledge of a second EU official language (required for nationals of EU countries).
- Candidate must have completed at least 3-years of study with a degree to apply for a Blue Book traineeship. Only if you have a certificate or an official confirmation from your university that you have at least a 3-year degree will you be eligible to apply.
- candidates can apply once per session but as many times as they want until they are finally selected. If you do not pass the pre-selection, or you are in the Blue Book but not selected for a traineeship, you will have to submit again your application. It will undergo again the pre-selection with no guarantee that you will successfully pass it and be in the Blue Book again.
European Commission Traineeship Selection Criteria
Candidates will be evaluated anonymously using the following criteria and, in the following order of relevance:
- Level of education (minimum – ‘bachelor’ or equivalent);
- Level of knowledge of one of the three European Commission working/procedural languages (EN, FR, DE);
- Level of knowledge of any other of the official/working languages of the EU as well as in any other European or non-EU languages, if any (for non EU nationals only one procedural language is compulsory).
- Relevant work experience, if any;
- International profile (education/work/volunteering abroad, mobility, aptitude to work in an international atmosphere), if any;
- Motivation and quality of reasoning;
- Rare domains of studies;
- Papers and publications, if any.
Note: If you pass the first phase successfully, you will be requested to upload all your supporting documents in a single PDF file. These supporting documents will then be verified.
To apply for the European Commission internship, applicants must follow steps below:
STEP 1: Register
Please click on the apply button below to register on the application platform to begin your application.
STEP 2: Complete your application
Login and fill the application form. You do not have to fill in everything in a single session. You can save and log back in any time to complete your application.
STEP 3: Submit your application
Before submitting your application, the system will show you an overview, as well as any remaining sections that need to be completed before submission. Once your form is fully and correctly completed, you will be able to submit your application. After submission, you cannot make any changes to your application.
A confirmation receipt will appear on-screen, along with your candidate number. This confirms that your application has been correctly submitted. Please do not wait until the very last few days before submitting your application.
Note: You do not need to submit any documents with your application. If you pass the first phase successfully, you will be requested to upload all your supporting documents.
- Copy of a Valid ID card or passport;
- A copy of university qualifications completed before the deadline for applications;
- Proof of ongoing studies, university exchange programmes abroad, participation in EU or international programmes, seminars or workshops;
- All declared language skills (other than the mother tongue/s);
- All declared work experience;
- All declared publications.
The application deadline is . For more detail on the European Commission Traineeship, please visit the official page.