Traineeships at EU institutions

A traineeship provides better knowledge of the EU and its institutions and the opportunity to put theoretical skills into practice. You may apply for a traineeship at an EU institution if you have at least a Bachelor’s (first cycle) degree.

What it entails

Traineeships are available at EU institutions, including the European External Action Service (EEAS) during different periods. During a traineeship you may participate in and organise meetings, workshops and other forums. You will also search for and write documents and reports, answer questions and participate in various projects.

What is expected of you

For a paid traineeship you must have at least a Bachelor’s degree, good skills in French, English or German, and good skills in another EU language.

You must be open and interested in EU issues, and want to learn more about the Commission and its working methods. You must do your work with an open mind and a positive attitude.

For traineeship as a translator, your mother tongue must be an EU language and you must translate from your mother tongue to two other official EU languages. Your first translation language should be either English, French or German, and the second one should be a different official EU language.

You may not apply for a traineeship if you have previously done some form of traineeship or work for six months, at the institutions or other related authorities (paid or voluntary).


Paid traineeships have fixed applications rounds and traineeship periods, in the spring and autumn.

Last updated: 8 September 2020