Application Procedure To European Union Traineeships Program

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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 [email protected].

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Step 2: Complete your application

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

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

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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.)

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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.

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What kind of work experience should I declare in the form?

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.

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How should I fill in the registration form?

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 a translation traineeship, in which language should I write my statement of motivation?

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

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Selection process

From application to selection: how does the process work?

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Application Procedure To European Union Traineeships Program

1. Receipt of applications

Register, complete and submit your application.

For traineeships beginning in October, applications open in January.

Applications for traineeships beginning in March open in July.

2. Assessment and eligibility check

Once the application period has closed, candidates are evaluated on basis of academic profile, language skills and additional qualities, such as having an international profile, relevant work experience, publications and the motivation for the application.

If you successfully pass this assessment step, you will be requested to upload all your supporting documents in a single pdf file. The Traineeships Office will then verify them.

Applications which do not follow the formal requirements are rejected.

A ranking is then established and around 3,000 candidates with the highest scores are pre-selected for the Virtual Blue Book (VBB).

The Virtual Blue Book is a database containing the CVs of all candidates who successfully pass both phases of the pre-selection: the initial assessment and eligibility check.

The Blue Book is available for all Commission services and agencies which can offer a trainee position to consult.

3. Selection

Directorates-General (DG) and Commission agencies consult the Blue Book to find the best candidates based on their specific needs and criteria (language skills, relevant studies and experience, etc.).

Some of them prefer to contact candidates directly, while others rely on the applications and choose not to make direct contact. All DGs select a list of preferred candidates. 

The Blue Book is then opened for all services to start reservations.

Receiving a traineeship offer in a particular DG or service will depend on the number of positions available.

There is a code of conduct among DGs for the selection of trainees. If two DGs, services or agencies would like to recruit the same candidate, the DG ranked highest in the candidate’s preferences upon application automatically takes priority.

About The European Union

The European Union is a unique economic and political union between 27 EU countries that together cover much of the continent.

The predecessor of the EU was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. The first steps were to foster economic cooperation: the idea being that countries that trade with one another become economically interdependent and so more likely to avoid conflict.

The result was the European Economic Community (EEC), created in 1958, and initially increasing economic cooperation between six countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Since then, 22 other members joined and a huge single market (also known as the ‘internal’ market) has been created and continues to develop towards its full potential.

On 31 January 2020 the United Kingdom left the European Union.

What began as a purely economic union has evolved into an organization spanning policy areas, from climate, environment and health to external relations and security, justice and migration. A name change from the European Economic Community (EEC) to the European Union (EU) in 1993 reflected this.

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