Traineeships in the European Union


Are you a recent graduate or young professional looking for a great job experience in the EU? Then the European Union’s traineeship programs are perfect for you!

These traineeships offer an opportunity to gain valuable skills in teamwork and problem-solving, and may even lead to permanent employment. Plus, you’ll learn about the culture and working practices of the EU.

In this article, we will explore what these traineeships are about and how to apply for them. If this sounds great to you, keep reading!

Trainee Programs with the EU

The European Commission offers 2 types of traineeships:

  • Administrative Traineeship;
  • Translation Traineeship with the Directorate-General for Translation (DGT);

The team you work with will define what your job will be. To name a few, you might work in areas such as competition law, human resources, environmental policy, and translation.

Overall, your daily work will consist of: 

  • Participating in and setting up meetings, brainstorming sessions, and community events;
  • Exploring different topics, creating written materials, and revising them – like reports and feedback forms;
  • Helping out with language translations, double-checking for accuracy, and researching technical language;

Now, let’s explore the steps required to apply for the European Union traineeships!

A group of interns from the European Commission

How to apply for the European Union Traineeships

The first thing to consider are the eligibility requirements, which are all of the conditions that define who can participate in these applications. Let’s take a closer look at them!

The traineeship is accessible to all EU citizens of any age. In more detail, the traineeship program is open to graduates who meet the following criteria:

  • Completed a standard 3-year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent;
  • No prior work experience in the EU;
  • Good knowledge of languages:
    • For administrative traineeship, fluency in 2 EU official languages (English, French, or German)
    • For translation traineeship, ability to translate from 2 EU official languages to your main language. Your main language must be an EU official language.

European Union traineeships office


Twice a year, traineeships are offered with start dates in October and March. Applications for the October traineeship open in January of the same year and applications for the March traineeship open between July and August of the previous year. The application process includes the following steps:

  1. Create a EU Login account, or use an existing one.
  2. Fill out and submit the application form along with the required documents.
  3. If you are selected, you will be given access to the vacancies on the VBB portal and able to apply for a traineeship position of your choice.

The application will be assessed automatically by the system, and the highest scored candidates will have the opportunity to apply for up to 3 traineeship positions. For more information on each step of the selection process, you can check the recruitment procedure section of the European Commission website.

Registration for the October 2023 session is open from January 4 to 31, 2023. 


The European Commission offers amazing internship opportunities that could be just what you need to kickstart your career. Not only will you get to work with talented people in your field of interest, but you’ll also have the opportunity to build a professional network that can help you in the future.

The application deadline is January 31, 2023, so you still have time to apply. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!


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