Call for Applications: European Union Traineeships Program 2023 | Fully Funded

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Call for Applications: European Union Traineeships Program 2023 | Fully Funded

European Union Traineeships Program 2023, also known as the Blue Book Traineeship program, provides students with an excellent opportunity to gain high-level job experience in the European Union. The student traineeship in Europe is available twice a year, and students have the opportunity to work in the EU’s directorates, agencies, and organisations. Trainees at the European Union will gain hands-on experience with the services they are assigned to. Services in which they might hone their talents include competition law, human resources, environmental policy, and so on. The students will be interacting with others in the form of meetings, group work, and public hearings, This will give them an insight into how well-reputed organizations work and collaborate with each other for a progressive and better future.

The European Union internship for students wants trainees to be open-minded and to approach European challenges with a solution-oriented mindset. Aside from that, trainees are required to be able to learn the methodologies used by the Commission to administer an organization while serving humanity through its projects. Furthermore, the Blue Book traineeship program serves as a springboard for graduates to begin their careers while learning in an international and multicultural work environment. The European Union Trainees will definitely get valuable experience by attending meetings, responding to citizens’ concerns, and assisting with management tasks.

The best traineeship program at Eu for the graduate students is an opportunity for them to work in a political and economic union of 27 European states. As this integral single market and entity have been established over the years by observing a standardized system of laws, the trainees will become well-versed in the usage and implementation of these laws. European Union is a huge organization that deals not only with political and economic issues but also security and defense. The organization has a lot of departments as bodies such as the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department ECHO in which the trainees under the European Commission traineeships program are being recruited.

The European Commission Traineeship, which lasts around five months, provides learners with a lifetime potential to excel. Trainees create an international network and interact with other international organisations by learning from the European Commission and its agencies. The European Union is working on numerous initiatives, including the next-generation EU, the Conference on the Future of Europe, Coronavirus (COVID-19), and others. Through this fully-funded internship program, EU trainees become a part of a larger cause to promote language and culture, corporate collaboration, and working for the good of people. The text that follows is a comprehensive guide to the European Union internship program 2023.

European Commission Traineeship Benefits

Selected candidates for the European Commission internship will have the following benefits:

  1. Insight into the processes and policies of the European Institutions;
  2. An opportunity to contribute to the day-to-day work of the Commission;
  3. The opportunity to put academic theory into practice;
  4. A living allowance of € 1,300 per month for the 2023 sessions.
  5. Visa costs and related medical fees associated with the traineeship will be reimbursed together with travel expenditures

European Commission Traineeship Eligibility

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. The traineeship program is open to university graduates who:

  1. have completed a standard 3-year higher education degree (minimum EQF 6 level), 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. You will have to provide the following documents
    • diplomas or certificates with final grades clearly indicated
    • and proof of minimum EQF 6 level. Find out more about EQF levels
  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 of two EU official languages, one of which must be a procedural language: English, French, or German at C1 or C2 level as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages 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 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 (At least one of the source languages you offer must be French, English or German).
      • 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.

European Commission Traineeship Selection Criteria

Candidates will be evaluated anonymously using the following criteria and, in the following, order of relevance:

  • Level of education (minimum – ‘bachelor’ or equivalent);
  • Level of knowledge of one of the three European Commission working/procedural languages (EN, FR, DE);
  • Level of knowledge of any other of the official/working languages of the EU as well as in any other European or non-EU languages, if any (for non-EU nationals only one procedural language is compulsory).
  • Relevant work experience, if any;
  • International profile (education/work/volunteering abroad, mobility, aptitude to work in an international atmosphere), if any;
  • Motivation and quality of reasoning;
  • Rare domains of studies;
  • Papers and publications, if any.

How to Apply for the European Commission Traineeship

To apply for this Europe program, applicants must follow steps below:

STEP 1: Register

Please click on the apply button below to register on the application platform to begin your application. For all questions regarding your registration with EU Login (European Commission’s authentication service) see the EU Login FAQ page or contact eu-login-external-support@ec.europa.eu.

STEP 2: Complete your application

Login and fill out the application form. You do not have to fill in everything in a single session. You can save and log back in to complete your application and upload all required documents.

STEP 3: Submit your application

Before submitting your application, the system will show you an overview and any remaining sections that need to be completed before submission. Once your form is fully and correctly completed, you can submit your application. After submission, you cannot make any changes to your application.

A confirmation receipt will appear on-screen, along with your candidate number. This confirms that your application has been correctly submitted. Please do not wait until the very last few days before submitting your application.

Note : Once your application is submitted, you will need to wait for the results of its evaluation. You will be informed about the results via e-mail. In case of acceptance, you will be invited to apply to available traineeship positions.

STEP 4: Apply for Traineeship

Selected applicants will receive instructions to connect to the Virtual Blue Book (VBB) portal where Commission services and agencies propose various traineeship positions. Carefully read the job description and the details of the post. You may mark as many positions as you like as favorites. Candidates may apply for up to three posts. Applications for traineeship positions in VBB will be allowed for one week and there will be a cap of 25 candidates per post. Post openings will be unpublished as soon as the maximum number of applicants has been reached or after one week.

Note : Please do not wait until the very last few days for applying. Once there are enough applications registered for a specific post, the position will disappear from the list.

Supporting Documents

      1. Copy of a valid ID card or passport;
      2. A copy of university qualifications completed before the deadline for applications;
      3. Proof of ongoing studies, university exchange programs abroad, participation in EU or international programs, seminars, or workshops;
      4. All declared language skills (other than the mother tongue/s);
      5. All declared work experience;
      6. All declared publications.

The application deadline for October 2023 session is 

Apply here

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