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Traineeship at the Directorate-General for Translation (DGT)

The Directorate for Translation accepts exclusively candidates from the EU Member States.

The Directorate-General for Translation (DGT) ensures the translation of  texts into and out of the 24 official languages of the European Union. It is organized into language departments dealing  exclusively with written texts.  


Responsibilities of DGT:

  • translate laws, policy papers, reports, correspondence, etc. drafted by or sent to the Commission 
  • help the Commission communicate with the public, thereby helping citizens understand EU policies 
  • edit original documents drafted by Commission authors 
  • advise Commission departments on language and on managing multilingual websites 
  • ensure correct terminology in all official EU languages, as documented in the interinstitutional database IATE 


Translation positions are exclusively offered by the Directorate-General for Translation (DGT), representing 5% of the total posts available across the entire Commission and its agencies.


Key requirements for translators:

  • Language Proficiency: Translators must translate into their target language, typically their mother tongue, from at least two other official EU languages. Given that most documents are to be translated from English (75%), French (3.7%), and German (2.8%), at least one of these source languages is required. The remaining EU languages account for 12.5% of the documents.
  • Predominance of English: English is the principal drafting language at the Commission, explaining its high proportion among source documents.


Application and selection process:

  • Quick Turnaround: Due to the limited combination of languages and the specific nature of translation positions, vacancies often fill quickly. Candidates may not have the opportunity to apply for multiple positions.
  • Single Application Rule: Candidates can only apply once per session and per type of traineeship, administrative (ADMIN) or translation (DGT). Therefore DGT candidates cannot apply for administrative (ADMIN) positions, even if there are no suitable translation positions available.