European Commission BlueBook Traineeship Application 2020-2021

European commission BlueBook Traineeship Application 2020-2021

Deadline: 31 August 2020 (12:00, midday, Brussels time)

European Commission BlueBook Traineeship Application 2020-2021

Applications are open for European commission Bluebook Traineeship 2020-2021, starting March 2021.E.U commission is looking for diverse candidates from different fields of study. If you want to gain experience in a dynamic and multilingual workplace, this is the programme for you!

Twice a year, the Commission offers five-month paid, administrative or translation internships. For each period, the Commission’s Traineeships Office determines the exact number of trainees to be attributed to each Directorate General, Service and Agency, depending on the budget availability and the existing conditions (size, absorption capacity, results of the evaluations carried out, etc.).

Who can apply?

Subject to eligibility criteria, the traineeship is open to all EU citizens, regardless of age. A limited number of places are also allocated to non EU nationals.

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The traineeship programme is open to university graduates who:

  1. Have completed a standard 3-year higher education degree (180 credits), corresponding to a complete Bachelor’s cycle, or equivalent. Only if you have a certificate or official confirmation from your university that you have such a degree will you be eligible to apply.
    We accept the following documents:

    • diplomas or certificates with final grades clearly indicated;
    • the Europass Diploma Supplement (if available);
    • university transcripts.
  2. Have no prior work experience of any kind, in excess of 6 weeks in any EU institution, body or agency, delegation, with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), or Advocates General at the Court of Justice of the European Union (EUCJ).
  3. Have a very good knowledge of languages:
    • For the ADMINISTRATIVE TRAINEESHIP – you must have a very good knowledge (C1/2 level as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) of two EU official languages, one of which must be a procedural language: English or French or German. For non-EU nationals, only one procedural language is required.
    • For the TRANSLATION TRAINEESHIP in the Directorate-General for Translation (DGT) – you must be able to translate into your main/target language (normally your mother tongue), from two other official EU languages (‘source languages’ *):
      • Your main/target language must be one of the official EU languages;
      • Your first source language for translation must be a working language of the EU: English, French or German;
      • Your second source language can be any of the official EU languages with at least B2-level proficiency.

* At least one of the source languages you offer must be French, English or German. This is because:

  • the EU receives a large volume of translations and documents in French, English or German;
  • French, English and German are the languages that EU staff members most frequently use in their work.

Most documents sent to DGT in languages other than French, English and German come from the Member States. Some documents come from international organisations and national associations that write to the Commission in English.

All candidates must declare one mother tongue. No points are awarded for the mother tongue and, therefore, no evidence of this is required. You can declare up to three mother tongues. If you have more than one mother tongue and wish to receive points for them, you can declare these in the ‘Other languages’ section of the application provided you can supply appropriate written evidence of this.

Please note that traineeships carried out as credits contributing to the completion of academic studies will not be taken into account.

Additional points are given for:

  • International profile demonstrated through education, work or volunteering experience abroad, and aptitude to work in an international environment;
  • Motivation for the application and quality of reasoning;
  • Rare fields of study;
  • Papers and publications.

You can only apply once per session but for as many sessions as you want. If you are not selected you will have to submit your application again. The same process will apply each time but without guarantee that you will make it to the final stage.

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

Estimate your chances to successfully pass pre-selection and enter the Blue Book – the list of potential candidates for the upcoming traineeship session.


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, click ‘create your password
  • Click ‘proceed‘ to the application form.

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.

STEP 3: Submit your application

Please do not wait until the very last few days before submitting your application.
Allow up to three 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 applicaion.

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 applicaion has been correctly submitted. Please view the frequently asked questions and contact us if you experience any issues.

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:

    • Valid ID card or passport;
    • University qualifications completed before the deadline for applications;
  2. 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).


For more Information: Visit the webpage for European commission BlueBook Traineeship