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Blue Book traineeship programme.

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Application procedure

The application procedure consists of three steps: register on EU Login, complete the application form and submit.

Step 1: Register

Register on European Commission Authentication Service (EU Login) to begin your application.

If you are a new user

EU Login

  • click here to create an account
  • fill in the sign up form
  • click 'submit'
  • check your email account (including your spam folder) for confirmation
  • in the email, follow the link to 'create your password'
  • choose your password and submit it
  • click 'proceed' to the application form
  • use either the email or your ECAS username to login afterwards. Candidates to EC traineeships and trainees cannot login using electronic IDs.

Issues? Check 'Help for external users'.

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

You do not have to fill in everything in a single session.

You can save and log back in any time to complete your application.

Please note: DG DEVCO is now DG INTPA!

Attention! In the 'Motivation' section you will be asked to indicate your choice of DG(s), Services or Agencies for a possible traineeship. Be aware that the Commission Junior Professionals Programme (JPP) is open exclusively to Blue Book trainees posted in the Commission DGs. (Others post-traineeship career opportunities are explained in the FAQ.)

Step 3: Submit your application

Please do not wait until the very last few days before submitting your application.

Allow up to 3 working days for a response if you require (technical) assistance.

Log in and complete each section of the application form following carefully the instructions provided.

You do not have to fill in the entire form in a single session. You can save your entries and log in later to make changes and submit your application using your username and password. You can also preview your application form in a printer-friendly pdf format at any time during the application period.

Before submitting your application, the system will show you an overview, as well as any remaining sections that need to be completed before submission. Once your form is fully and correctly completed, you will be able to 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 view the frequently asked questions and contact us if you experience any issues.

Should you not receive a candidate number, return to your application homepage and try to resubmit. Applications without a candidate number will not be considered.

You do not need to submit any documents with your application. Only once you have passed the first stage of the application will you have to provide evidence of your stated skills and experience. You will need to provide the following

  • a copy of your
    • valid ID card or passport
    • university qualifications completed before the deadline for applications
  • proof of
    • ongoing studies, university exchange programmes abroad, participation in EU or international programmes, seminars or workshops
    • All declared language skills (other than the mother tongue/s)
    • all declared work experience
    • all declared publications (publications which are part of education will not be considered)

Please ensure that you submit all proof necessary to support only your declared experience. Your application will be rejected if you do not provide adequate evidence of your declared experience. Please ensure you can evidence any experience before declaring it and prepare your supporting evidence in advance to avoid missing the deadline.

Questions related to the application procedure

You should declare only work experience that is related to the profile that you have selected.

Holiday or student jobs like pizza delivery, as well as jobs carried out on a casual basis only (i.e. in the evening, over the week-end, etc.) are not considered relevant. You should only declare work experience of more than 42 calendar days.

Should you have work experience that you judge relevant but lasted less than or exactly 42 calendar days, you could mention it in the "Motivation" or "Quality of reasoning" section, not in the section "Work experience".

The system allows you to indicate up to three work experiences.

If you have more, select the most relevant ones. Full-time volunteering activities or a civic service may count as work experience and shall be supported by the same kind of proof as latter.

You should first fill in and save the "Personal details" section.

The other sections can be completed in whatever order you choose. You may input data in several sessions as long as you do not click on the button "Submit".

Please re-read your application before doing the final "Submit" and check that you indeed have all supporting documents to prove what you have declared in your application, failing which you risk being eliminated at the eligibility checks.

For translation trainees, your statement of motivation must be written in your target language, i.e. the language you translate into.

In this section you can mention studies that you have not completed yet, programmes and/or seminars and/or workshops that you attended and for which you insert the specific title.

Please ensure that you can obtain all related supporting documents before you start filling in your application in order to have them to hand when you need them, given the short notice between notification of success in pre-selection and the deadline to submit supporting documents.

If you have a double bachelor/master (for example, 2 years in Spain and 2 years in Germany), please indicate a single bachelor/master (any of them) and the University that delivered the diploma. In terms of proof, one certificate from the university that delivered the diploma shall be sufficient, provided that the contribution of the other university is mentioned there.

You can use the comments field for any additional information that you deem relevant.