Traineeships at the European Commission


Traineeships at the European Commission – Administrative in- service training periods 

Next deadline: 2011-01-31 

The Commission organises twice a year in-service training periods lasting between three and five months for young university graduates. 

This does not exclude those who -in the framework of lifelong learning – have recently obtained a university diploma and are at the beginning of a new professional career. 

The training periods start on 1 March and 1 October each year. 

The purpose of in-service training is in particular: 

  • to provide them with practical knowledge of the working of Commission departments;
  • to enable them to acquire personal experience by means of the contacts made in the course of their everyday work;
  • Trainees are in principle selected amongst nationals of the Member States of the European Communities and of the candidate countries benefiting from a pre-accession strategy. However a limited number of nationals of non-member countries may be accepted.

In order to apply you must: 

  • enable them to further and put into practice the knowledge they have acquired during their studies and in particular in their specific areas of competence.
  • have completed the first cycle of a higher education course (university education) and obtained a full degree or its equivalent by closing date for applications;
  • not have completed a traineeship in another European Union institution or body;
  • have a very good knowledge of English or French or German;

A training grant may be awarded to the trainee. The grant is currently EUR 1047,55 per month. Disabled trainees may receive a supplement to their grant. 

To submit your application, you must:

  • if you are a National of an EU Member State, have a very good knowledge of a second Community language.
  • Complete and submit on-line the application form.

For more information, read the full application procedure<>. 

Deadlines: 31 January of the same year (October traineeships) 

Read here more about when the traineeships take place here: 

Administrative Traineeship at the European Commission – Application forms, rules and general information:


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