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Twice a year, the Commission offers 5-month paid traineeships in its Directorate-Generals, agencies and bodies, which have signed a Service Level Agreement with DG EAC/the Commission.

Subsequent career opportunities may vary between these different entities.

Who can apply?

Subject to eligibility criteria, the traineeship is open to all EU citizens, regardless of age. A limited number of places are also allocated to non EU nationals.

Eligibility

The traineeship programme is open to university graduates who

  1. have completed a standard 3-year higher education degree (180 credits), corresponding to a complete Bachelor’s cycle, or equivalent. Only if you have a certificate or official confirmation from your university that you have such a degree will you be eligible to apply. We accept the following documents
    • diplomas or certificates with final grades clearly indicated
    • the Europass Diploma Supplement (if available)
    • university transcripts
  2. have no prior work experience of any kind, in excess of 6 weeks in any EU institution, body or agency, delegation, with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), or Advocates General at the Court of Justice of the European Union (EUCJ).
  3. have a very good knowledge of languages
  • For the administrative traineeship – you must have a very good knowledge of two EU official languages, one of which must be a procedural language: English, French or German at C1 or C2 level as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and a second one at B2 level at least as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. For non-EU nationals, only one procedural language is required.
  • For the translation traineeship in the Directorate-General for Translation (DGT) – you must be able to translate into your main/target language (normally your mother tongue), from two other official EU languages (‘source languages’*).
    • your main/target language must be one of the official EU languages
    • your first source language for translation must be a working language of the EU: English, French or German
    • your second source language can be any of the official EU languages with at least B2-level proficiency
At least one of the source languages you offer must be French, English or German. This is because

  • the EU receives a large volume of translations and documents in French, English or German
  • French, English and German are the languages that EU staff members most frequently use in their work

Most documents sent to DGT in languages other than French, English and German come from the Member States. Some documents come from international organisations and national associations that write to the Commission in English.

All candidates must declare one mother tongue. No points are awarded for the mother tongue and, therefore, no evidence of this is required. You can declare up to three mother tongues.

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If you have more than one mother tongue and wish to receive points for them, you can declare these in the ‘Other languages’ section of the application provided you can supply appropriate written evidence of this.

Please note that traineeships carried out as credits contributing to the completion of academic studies will not be taken into account.

Additional points are given for

  • international profile demonstrated through education, work or volunteering experience abroad, and aptitude to work in an international environment
  • motivation for the application and quality of reasoning
  • rare fields of study
  • papers and publications

You can only apply once per session but for as many sessions as you want. If you are not selected you will have to submit your application again. The same process will apply each time but without guarantee that you will make it to the final stage.

Questions about eligibility

How much will my living allowance be?

The living allowance for the traineeship sessions in 2021 will be €1,229.32 per month.

Is there an age limit for applying?

No. There is no age limit for participating in the traineeships programme.

How can I prove ‘very good knowledge’ of a language?

You can prove your proficiency in a language by one of the following means

  • language certificates clearly indicating the level issued by
    • language centres such as the Instituto Cervantes, Alliance française, Goethe Institut, etc.
    • language schools recognised by the State issuing certified certificates
  • language courses at university clearly indicating the level
  • university courses: BA or MA taught entirely in the declared language (this must be clear from the transcripts: the language of instruction must be given and the examination must be taken in said language)
  • proof of bilingual education at secondary school level such as European schools, International schools, etc.

A certificate of attendance at the course is not sufficient.

Recommendation letters from professors/employers are not accepted as proof of the declared language knowledge. Mother tongue is also considered a ‘very good knowledge’, and no proof is required (nor points attributed, though).

All candidates must declare 1 mother tongue; no points are awarded for mother tongue and therefore no proof is required. You can declare up to 3 mother tongues. If you have more than 1 mother tongue and wish to receive points for them, you can declare these under “Other languages” as long as you can provide written documented proof.

What kind of supporting documents are required?

Copy of a valid passport or identity card proving the declared nationality in your application form

Copies of all university diplomas you have declared to hold in your application, together with the corresponding university transcripts (i.e. the list of subjects that you have studied each year with the respective marks/grades per subject) or the Europass Diploma Supplement. Please ensure that the date of the awarded degree and the final mark are specified

Copies of proof of enrolment in ongoing studies, if applicable

Documented written proof of certificates (or equivalent), as indicated in your application form, for short-term studies and/or seminars attended, as well as certificates of university exchange programmes abroad, if applicable

Documented written proof of declared language skills, indicating the level obtained. Accepted written proof includes

Language certificates clearly indicating the level issued by

  • language centres such as the Instituto Cervantes, Alliance Française, Goethe Institut, etc…
  • language schools recognised by the State issuing certified certificates.
  • language courses at university clearly indicating the level.
  • university courses: BA or MA taught entirely in the declared language (this must be clear from the transcripts: the language of instruction must be given and the examination must be taken in said language)
  • proof of bilingual education at secondary school level such as European schools, International schools, etc.

A certificate of attendance at the course is not sufficient.

Please note that a very good knowledge of at least one working language of the Commission – English, French, German – is required; the Commission considers that a C level corresponds to a very good knowledge.

Copies of proof of all declared working experience. This can be provided by means of the following

  • a letter of reference by your employer, with heading, duly signed and dated and clearly mentioning the work period (letters on plain paper are not accepted as proof)
  • copies of contracts clearing mentioning the work period
  • pay slips clearing mentioning the work period

E-mails are not accepted as proof. Grouping education or training with work experience is not admitted. For digital skills and organisational skills, no proof is required.

Can I apply again if my application is not selected?

Yes. You can apply as often as you want.

Can I apply for traineeship schemes in other EU institutions schemes at the same time as I apply for the Blue Book programme?

Yes, you can apply for all of them. But if you then decide to do a traineeship of more than 42 calendar days in any other European institution, European Union (EU) body, EU Agency, EU delegations or working for Members of Parliament (MEPs) or Advocates General at the EU Court of Justice (EUCJ), you will no longer be eligible for the European Commission Blue Book traineeship programme.

OCT 2021

MAR 2022

Applications

FROM 5 January 2021 (12.00, midday, CET)

TO 29 January 2021 (12.00, midday, CET)

Applications

FROM 2 August 2021 (12.00, midday, CET)

TO 31 August 2021 (12.00, midday, CET)

Evaluation

PRESELECTION: February – March

ELIGIBILITY CHECK: April – May

Evaluation

PRESELECTION: September – October

ELIGIBILITY CHECK: November

Selection

RESERVATIONS: June – September

Selection

RESERVATIONS: December – February

Traineeship

1 October 2021 – 28 February 2022

Traineeship

1 March 2022 – 31 July 2022

For more information please open this link

https://traineeships.ec.europa.eu/

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