Skip to main content
Traineeships home page Traineeships home page
Menu

Traineeships

Blue Book traineeship programme.

This site is available in English, French and German – the three working languages of the European Commission.

Recruitment procedure

The steps from submitting your application to hopefully being able to accept your traineeship.
APPLICATIONS

Twice a year:

  • Traineeships beginning in Octoberapplications open in January of the same year.
  • Traineeships beginning in Marchapplications open July-August of the previous year.
EVALUATION

Your application is evaluated 

anonymously

by two independent evaluators.

PRE-SELECTION

Quotas by nationality are applied for EU candidates to ensure a spread of nationalities.

A weighting system is applied to determine the number of preselected applicants for a given EU nationality.

Population size and number of applications from a given country are taken into account, with safeguards to ensure that smaller countries are adequately represented. Third countries are grouped together in a single quota.

National thresholds vary for each session, based on number and quality of applications.

ELIGIBILITY CHECK

You have submitted all requested documents and received confirmation of a successful upload.

The eligibility of your file will be checked against information provided in your application.

VIRTUAL BLUE BOOK

Around 2,000 pre-selected candidatesget into the Blue Book data base.

There are 3 times more candidates than places available (around 650 per session).

SELECTION

Interviews may be conducted by phone at the initiative of the recruiting entity.

Candidates may contact DG's using the email address(es) listed in the notification message.

PLACEMENT OFFER

If selected

you will receive an official placement offer from the Traineeships Office, which you can accept or refuse.

Any unofficial communication between applicants and DGs/Agencies/Bodies does not constitute an offer.

CANDIDATE DECISION

YES = Traineeship

NO = No traineeship for this session

Candidates can submit a new application for the next session(s).