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Blue Book traineeship programme.

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Application procedure

The application procedure consists of three steps:   

1) Create a EU Login account or login with an existing one 
2) Complete and submit the application form along with your supporting documents  
3) If successful, you will be invited to check the openings published on VBB portal and apply for a chosen traineeship post.

[Attention, this text is valid as from the March 2023 session.]

Step 1: Create an EU Login or connect with an existing account

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 for EC traineeships 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 and submit the application form

a) Go to your account, click on Send an application and choose the traineeship type to access the application form. Fill in the form section by section or jump from one section to another using the menu on the left-hand side of the page. Read and follow carefully the instructions provided for each section.  

You do not have to fill in everything in a single session. Save your entries and log back in at any time to continue and submit your application. You can preview your application form at any time, before or after submitting it.  

You cannot make changes to the application once it has been submitted.    

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. 

b) Upload your supporting documents. 

You must attach the following supporting documents to your application form: 

  1. a copy of your:
    • valid ID card or passport 
    • university qualifications of studies completed before the deadline for applications 
  2. proof of 
    • ongoing) studies (incl. proof of EQF level), university exchange programmes abroad, participation in EU or international programmes, seminars or workshops 
    • all declared language skills (other than mother tongue/s) 
    • all declared work experience 

Please ensure that you upload all the justification documents to support every item declared on your application form, before submitting it. The pre-selection committee will reject your application if you do not provide adequate evidence of your declared studies, language knowledge, experience and other information stated on the form. Document only the items you have declared. 

It is highly recommended to prepare your supporting documents well in advance to avoid missing the deadline. No additional documents or justifications will be admitted after the reception of the application. 

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

c) Once your application is submitted, you will need to wait for the results of its evaluation. You will be informed about the results via e-mail. In case of acceptance, you will be invited to apply to available traineeship positions.  

Have you already submitted your application? Wait for the result of the evaluation phase! We will send the results via e-mail and publish them in your account. Make sure you check your account regularly.  

If successful, we will invite you to apply to available traineeship positions. 

Step 3: Apply for up to 3 traineeship posts in VBB

You will receive instructions to connect to Virtual Blue Book portal where Commission services and agencies propose various traineeship positions. The number of proposed positions matches the number of trainees per session. Carefully read the job description and the details of the post. You may mark as many positions as you like as favourites.  

Candidates may apply for up to three posts. Applications for traineeship positions in VBB will be allowed for one week and there will be a cap of 25 candidates per post. Post openings will be unpublished as soon as the maximum number of applicants has been reached or after one week.  

Please do not wait until the very last few days for applying.  

Once there are enough applications registered for a specific post, the position will disappear from the list.  

Questions related to the application procedure

You can prove your proficiency in a language by one of the following means:

  • language certificates clearly indicating the level issued by
    • language centres such as the Instituto Cervantes, Alliance française, Goethe Institut, etc.
    • language schools recognised by the State issuing certified certificates
  • language courses at university clearly indicating the level
  • university courses: BA or MA taught entirely in the declared language (this must be clear from the transcripts: the language of instruction must be given and the examination must be taken in said language)
  • proof of bilingual education at secondary school level such as European schools, International schools, etc.

A certificate of attendance at the course is not sufficient. 

Recommendation letters from professors/employers are not accepted as proof of the declared language knowledge. Mother tongue is also considered a 'very good knowledge', and no proof is required (nor points attributed, though).       

No points are awarded for mother tongue and therefore no proof is required. If you have more than 1 mother tongue and wish to receive points for them, you can declare these under "Other languages" as long as you can provide written documented proof.

  • Copy of a valid passport or identity card proving the declared nationality on your application form.
  • Copies of all university diplomas you have declared to hold on your application, together with the corresponding university transcripts (i.e. the list of subjects that you have studied each year) and a proof of minimum EQF 6 level. For more info on EQF levels, please consult https://europa.eu/europass/en/european-qualifications-framework-eq. An EQF level certificate can be obtained through your national ENIC-NARIC network (https://www.enic-naric.net/welcome-to-the-enic-naric-website.aspx). Please ensure that the date of the awarded degree and the final mark are specified.  
  • Copies of proof of enrolment in ongoing studies, if applicable.
  • Documented written proof of certificates (or equivalent), as indicated on your application form, for short-term studies and/or seminars attended, as well as certificates for university exchange programmes abroad, if applicable.
  • Documented written proof of declared language skills, indicating the level obtained. Accepted written proof includes:
    • language certificates clearly indicating the level issued by:
      • language centres such as the Instituto Cervantes, Alliance Française, Goethe Institute, etc.
      • language schools recognised by the state issuing certified certificates
    • university language courses clearly indicating the level
    • university courses: BA or MA taught entirely in the declared language (this must be clear from the transcripts: the language of instruction must be given and the examination must be taken in said language)
    • proof of bilingual education at secondary school level such as European schools, International schools, etc.

A certificate of attendance on the course is not sufficient. 

Please note that a very good knowledge of at least one working language of the Commission – English, French, German – is required. The Commission considers that a C level corresponds to very good knowledge.

  • Copies of proof of all declared working experience. This can be provided by means of the following:
    • a letter of reference from your employer with heading, duly signed, dated and clearly mentioning the work period (letters on plain paper are not accepted as proof)
    • copies of contracts clearly mentioning the work period
    • pay slips clearly mentioning the work period

E-mails are not accepted as proof.

Grouping education or training with work experience is not accepted.

For digital skills and organisational skills, no proof is required.

Yes. You can apply for as many sessions as you want.

You can declare all types of work experience, also holiday or student jobs, as well as jobs carried out on a casual basis only (e.g. in the evening, over the week-end, etc.).

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

Start with the longest one and put the following ones in the descending order of their duration.

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

Yes, but at the stage of your application you should be able to provide a formal statement from your university confirming that you have obtained your degree.

Date of the award and final mark awarded must be clearly indicated and match your declaration on the application form.