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Traineeships in the European Commission

Belgium,Luxembourg, 13 January 2016


A paid traineeship of 5 months with the European Commission (or some executive bodies and agencies of the European Institutions like, for instance, the European External Action Service or Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation), starting on either 1st March or 1st October. Within these two periods, the traineeship may last a minimum of three and a maximum of five months.

You will receive a monthly grant of some €1,120 and reimbursement of travel expenses. Accident and health insurance can also be provided.

Every year, there are about 1.300 places available. 

If you are one of the selected candidates you get hands-on experience in the international and multicultural environment. This can be an important enrichment for your further career.

What's the work like?

Trainees work all over the European Commission. The content of the job largely depends on the service you are assigned to. You may, for example, work in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy … A typical trainee's daily work mainly consists of:

  • attending and organising meetings, working groups, forums, public hearings,

  • researching and compiling documentation, reports, consultations; answering queries,

  • running projects.

The aims of the official in-service training with the Commission of the European Union are:

  • To provide young university graduates with a unique and first hand experience of the workings of the European Commission, in particular, and of the EU institutions in general. In addition, it aims to provide an understanding of the objectives and goals of the EU integration processes and policies.

  • To enable such trainees to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the dayto-day work of the Commission departments and services. To provide the opportunity to work in a multi-cultural, multi-linguistic and multi-ethnic environment, contributing to the development of mutual understanding, trust and tolerance. To promote European integration within the spirit of new governance and through active participation to create awareness of true European citizenship.

  • To provide the opportunity to young university graduates to put into practice knowledge acquired during their studies, and in particular in their specific areas of competence. To introduce these graduates to the professional world and the constraints, duties and opportunities therein.


Deadline: 29 January 2016

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