Registration for paid traineeships in the European Commission is now open! Apply by 31 January

Applications: 04/01/2018 (12:00 noon, Brussels time) – 31/01/2018 (12:00 noon, Brussels time)

Evaluation: March 2018
Pre-identification: April 2018
Eligibility check: April-May 2018
Pre-selections_ May-June 2018
Sending of offers: starts end of June 2018

Once the application period has closed, potential candidates will undergo the first phase of the pre-selection for the Blue Book, i.e. assessment of applications.

Candidates are evaluated anonymously by evaluators and get points on the basis of the following criteria and, in the following order of relevance:

  • Level of education (minimum – ‘bachelor’ or equivalent);
  • Level of skills in one of the three European Commission working/procedural languages (EN, FR, DE);
  • Level of skills in any other of the 21 official European languages as well as in any non-EU languages, if any;
  • Minimum one and up to three languages are accepted as mother tongues; no proof of mother tongue is required (but neither are points awarded). Therefore, should you possess more than one mother tongue, you have the choice to either a) declare all of them under the “Mother tongue” section, knowing that they you will not gain points for any language declared as a mother tongue during the evaluation; or b) declare one of them under the “Mother tongue” section and the other(s) in the “Other languages” section as long as you can prove (by the same means as for non-mother tongues) that your level of proficiency corresponds to at least a C1;
  • Relevant working experience, if any;
  • International profile (education/work/volunteering abroad, mobility, aptitude to work in an international atmosphere), if any;
  • Motivation and quality of reasoning;
  • IT Skills, organisational skills and rare domains of studies
  • Papers and publications, if any.

If they successfully pass the first phase of the pre-selection, candidates are “pre-identified” and admitted to the second phase of the pre-selection, i.e. verification of supporting documents/eligibility check.

For the level of education, candidates can send:

  • the certificate/s with the final grade/s clearly mentioned;
  • the Europass Diploma Supplement, if available;
  • university transcripts.

The latter are accepted as only proof for the level of education if the certificate/s is/are not available, but only if the date of degree and the final mark awarded are clearly mentioned.

We accept diplomas in all 24 official EU languages. If they are written in a non-EU official language, a translation in one of the 24 official EU languages (possibly in English, French or German) must be attached. No certified translations are required but highly appreciated.

Up to three relevant work experiences can be mentioned in the application. Only work experience that is related to the profile that is selected and lasted, uninterruptedly, more than 6 weeks should be declared. Traineeships made during university courses are already assessed as part of the education and shall not be mentioned as work experiences.

Applying to the Blue Book programme does not prevent candidates from applying to other EU traineeship schemes in other institutions at the same time. However, if they decide to do a traineeship of more than 6 weeks (or a period of 42 calendar days) of in-service training or work (paid or unpaid) for any of the European institutions, bodies or agencies, in EU-delegations or for Members of Parliament (MEPs), they will no longer be eligible for the Blue Book.

If the supporting documents match the declarations in the application, candidates successfully pass the eligibility check and are introduced in the Blue Book. If the supporting documents are insufficient, incomplete and/or do not match exactly the declarations in the application, candidates fail the eligibility check and are not included in the Blue Book.

Once in the Blue Book, different EC units can then see the applications of the candidates and, potentially, select them as trainees.