The European Commission is the EU's executive arm. It is alone responsible for drawing up proposals for new European legislation, and it implements the decisions of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.
Most European Commission offices are based in Brussels (Belgium) and Luxembourg. The Commission is by far the largest employer among the EU institutions, with staff in Europe and offices around the world. A number of specialised posts are available, for example, for people with a background in science, languages or statistics/economics.
The European Commission traineeship programme is open to university graduates, from all over the world.
Traineeships are available in a wide range of fields and offer a great insight into the work of the EU. The content of the job largely depends on the service in which each trainee carries out his/her traineeship. Services may operate for instance in the fields of competition law, human resources, environmental policy, communication and many more.
Trainees are given the same sort of tasks as newly-recruited graduates. In practice, that can include for instance organising working groups and meetings, compiling information and documentation, preparing reports and answering queries, as well as participating in unit meetings and other events.
Who can apply: Graduates of any discipline can apply as long as their degree has already been awarded (a transcript can normally be provided if the certificate has not yet been awarded). EU citizenship is not obligatory (a small number of places are reserved for non-EU citizens), but knowledge of two EU languages is required. Work experience and postgraduate education is a plus, but not an eligibility criterion.
Duration: 5 months
Paid: Yes. €1,220.78 and travel allowance.
Starting Dates: 1 March and 1 October.