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Education: 04 January 2023

Launch your EU Career: European Commission Blue Book traineeship scheme

Launch your EU Career: European Commission Blue Book traineeship scheme

Twice a year, the European Commission offers 5–month paid internships in its Directorates, Commissioners’ Cabinets, Services and many EU agencies. 

The training sessions are from 1 March to the end of July and from 1 October to the end of February of the following year.

The application period for the next session has just opened. The deadline for receipt of applications is 12 pm (midday, CET) on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, for traineeships starting in October 2023.

About the Traineeships

The European Commission proposes two types of traineeship: an Administrative Traineeship or a Translation Traineeship with the Directorate–General for Translation (DGT).

The traineeship programme is open to all eligible candidates whatever their citizenship, regardless of their sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, religion or belief, membership of a national minority, disability, age or sexual orientation.

Trainees work all over the European Commission, its services and agencies, mostly in Brussels, but also in Luxembourg and elsewhere across the European Union. 

Subsequent career opportunities may vary between these different entities.

The nature of your work will depend on the service you are assigned to. You may, for example, work in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy, translation, etc.

What does a trainee’s daily work consist of?

  • Attending and organising meetings, working groups, and public hearings
  • Researching, drafting and editing documentation – including reports and consultations
  • Answering citizens’ inquiries
  • Supporting the management of projects
  • Translating, revising translations or researching terminology

How to 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.

Learn more about the traineeships and the application process at

About the European Commission

The Commission helps to shape the EU’s overall strategy, proposes new EU laws and policies, monitors their implementation and manages the EU budget. It also plays a significant role in supporting international development and delivering aid.

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