Apply now for the European Commission Blue Book Traineeship 2024 (non-EU citizens)

Opportunity summary

If you are passionate about the European Union project and want to get a taste of the EU-level opportunities, consider the European Commission Blue Book Traineeship!

Application period: Register for the October 2024 session from 19 February 2024 (10:00 a.m. CET) to 15 March 2024 (10:00 a.m. CET).

  • +/- 1,000 traineeship positions available
  • 1,376.89€ internship grant

About the European Commission Blue Book Traineeship

The EC is currently open for applications for the first intake of 2024 and provides several exciting opportunities across several fields for both EU and non-EU citizens.

The European Commission proposes 2 types of traineeship: an Administrative Traineeship or a Translation Traineeship with the Directorate-General for Translation (DGT).

The traineeship programme is open to all eligible candidates whatever their citizenship, regardless of their sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, religion or belief, membership of a national minority, disability, age or sexual orientation. 


● have completed a standard 3-year higher education degree (minimum EQF 6 level), 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.
● 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)

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● For the administrative traineeship – you must have a very good knowledge of two EU official languages, one of which must be a working language: English, French or German at C1 or C2 level as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and a second one at B2 level at least as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

● For non-EU nationals, only one procedural language is required at C1 or C2 level.
● 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’*).


  • An open-minded approach to European issues
  • An interest in learning about the Commission’s working methods
  • Willingness to work in a multicultural environment
  • To contribute to the Commission’s daily work from a fresh perspective
  • A proactive attitude

Scientific traineeships are also available at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC).

How to Apply

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  • Itumeleng Tladi

    Itumeleng teaches high school Mathematics in Groote Schuur. In addition to curating career opportunities on, Itumeleng mentors a community group of youth in STEAM. At chess, he's Western Cape's best.

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