The Blue Book Traineeship

Deadline: 31 January 2020
Open to: all EU citizens, regardless of age
Benefits: living allowance, travel fees, visa costs


Twice a year, the European Commission offers 1800 paid5-month administrative or translation traineeships. Starting on 1 March or 1 October, trainees gain hands-on experience in EU policy making in a multicultural environment. Trainees work all over the European Commission, its services and agencies, mostly in Brussels, but also in Luxembourg and elsewhere across the European Union.

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, etc.


  1. Have completed a standard 3-year higher education degree (180 credits), corresponding to a complete Bachelor’s cycle, or equivalent. Only if you have a certificate or official confirmation from your university that you have such a degree will you be eligible to apply.
    The following documents are accepted:

    • diplomas or certificates with final grades clearly indicated;
    • the Europass Diploma Supplement (if available);
    • university transcripts.
  2. Have no prior work experience of any kind, in excess of 6 weeks in any EU institution, body or agency, delegation, with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), or Advocates General at the Court of Justice of the European Union (EUCJ).
  3. Have a very good knowledge of languages:
    • For the ADMINISTRATIVE TRAINEESHIP – you must have a very good knowledge (C1/2 level as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) of two EU official languages, one of which must be a procedural language: English or French or German. For non-EU nationals, only one procedural language is required.
    • For the TRANSLATION TRAINEESHIP in the Directorate-General for Translation (DGT) – you must be able to translate into your main/target language (normally your mother tongue), from two other official EU languages (‘source languages’ *):
      • Your main/target language must be one of the official EU languages;
      • Your first source language for translation must be a working language of the EU: English, French or German;
      • Your second source language can be any of the official EU languages with at least B2-level proficiency.


  • Visa costs and related medical fees may be reimbursed together with travel expenditures;
  • A monthly living allowance will be given.

How to Apply?

The application procedure consists of three steps: register on EU Login, complete the application form, and submit.

For more information, please visit the official web page.