Blue Book Traineeship Programme 2024/ 2025 (Funded)

An excellent opportunity for graduates with higher education degree from recognised university to get the Blue Book Traineeship, an Administrative Traineeship or a Translation Traineeship with the Directorate-General for Translation (DGT) at the European Commission.

Blue Book Traineeship Programme 2024/ 2025 (Funded)

About Blue Book Traineeship

The European Commission offers paid administrative or translation traineeships for university graduates, providing valuable work experience within the EU institutions. These traineeships last for a total of five months and are offered twice a year, with start dates on either the beginning of March or the the beginning of October. Trainees have the opportunity to work in various departments and services of the European Commission, as well as its agencies, primarily in Brussels but also in Luxembourg and other parts of the European Union.

These traineeships are highly competitive and attract applicants from diverse academic backgrounds who are passionate about European affairs and eager to gain practical experience in EU policymaking and administration. The traineeships offer a unique opportunity for young professionals to develop their skills, expand their networks, and contribute to the work of the European institutions.Your work's nature will rely on the service you are given. You may, for example, work in the areas of environmental policy, human resources, translation, etc.

Note: Commission workers work 40 hours per week, or eight hours per day. The official business hours are 8:00–19:00. Lunch breaks must last at least 20 minutes.

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


Blue Book traineeship offers 1000 traineeships positions available per each session 

The traineeship is open to all EU citizens. A limited number of places are also available to non-EU nationals.

- Applicant must have a standard 3-year higher education degree, corresponding to a complete Bachelor’s cycle, or equivalent.

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

Have no prior work experience of any kind, in excess of 6 weeks in any EU institution, body or agency.

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 working language: English, French or German at C1 or C2 level. 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 at C1 or C2 level.

For the translation traineeship - you must be able to translate into your mother language from two other official EU languages (French, English or German)

 - Additional points will be given for graduates with

  • An open-minded approach to the European issues
  • An interest in learning about the Commission's working methods 
  • willing to work in a multicultural environment
  • A proactive attitude

Finance and Benefits

- A monthly grant around 1,377 EUR for each participant to help the trainees in the accommodation and their personal expenses. 

- Visa costs if needed and medical fees will be reimbursed together with the travel expenses.

Certificate from European Commission after the traineeship. 

Supporting documents

You should provide the following documents, preceded by a table of contents showing the list of documents in the PDF, point by point, in the following order: 

1. A copy of a current passport or ID card proving the applicant's nationality as stated on the application.

2. Copies of all university degrees from universities listed on the application form, as well as transcripts of grades from the relevant universities (listing the subjects taken each year). 

3. Copies of any certifications or licenses as indicated in the application form, if applicable (for example, IT certifications, TOGAF, ITIL, bar exams, CPA, CFA, etc.). 

4. Copies of all documents supporting any declared work experience in the applicant's home country, as stated in the application form, if applicable.

5. Copies of all supporting documentation for any international experience listed on the application form, if any.

6. Copies of evidence of language skills declared in the application form.


Application deadline: Registration is open from 19th of February until  15th of March, 2024, at 10:00 CET.

Preselection: March- April 2024

Selection: May- September 2024

Traineeship period: 1 October 2024 to 28 February 2025

How to apply

Step 1: Create an EU account or connect with an existing account from HERE

Step 2: Fill out and send the application by following these steps:

a) Go to your candidate account, click on Send an application and choose the traineeship type to access the application form. 

b) Upload your supporting documents before the deadline. No additional documents or justifications will be admitted after the reception of the application. 

c) You will need to wait for the application evaluation results after your application has been submitted. The results will be sent to you via email. If accepted, you will be given the opportunity to apply for open traineeship positions. 

NOTE: check well the application procedure from the European Commission website before applying 

More Details

for more details about the Blue Book traineeship, check the FAQ section on the European Commission part from HERE

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