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 to which you are assigned. Opportunities are available 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 mean organising working groups and meetings, compiling information and documentation, preparing reports and answering queries, as well as participating in unit meetings and other events. There will also be tasks more specific to the particular department – lawyers in the Commission will be doing quite different things to economists at the Court of Auditors or generalists in the Parliament.
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 mandatory (a small number of places are reserved for non-EU citizens), but generally knowledge of two EU languages will be required. Work experience and postgraduate education is a plus, but not usually a necessity.
Duration: 5 months
Paid: Yes. 1,176.83 € as of 1st March 2018 and reimbursement of travel expenses.
Starting Dates: 1 March and 1 October