European Commission Blue Book Traineeship Program 2021

Deadline: 31 August 2021
Open to: university graduates that are EU citizens
Benefits: a grant each month to cover your living expenses


Applications are invited for the European Commission Blue Book Traineeship Program 2021. Twice a year, the Commission offers 5-month paid traineeships in its Directorate-Generals, agencies and bodies, which have signed a Service Level Agreement with DG EAC/the Commission.

Trainees work all over the European Commission, its services and agencies, mostly in Brussels, but also in Luxembourg and elsewhere across the European Union. The nature of your work will depend on the service you are assigned to. You may, for example, work in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy, etc.

Trainee’s daily work consist of:

  • Attending and organising meetings, working groups, and public hearings.
  • Researching, drafting end editing documentation – including reports and consultations.
  • Answering citizens’ inquiries.
  • Supporting the management of projects.



The traineeship program is open to university graduates who:

  • are EU citizens, regardless of age. A limited number of places are also allocated to non EU nationals.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • have a very good knowledge of languages.


As a trainee, you will receive a grant each month to cover your living expenses. The grant/living allowance is paid at the end of each month. However the first one will be paid only after 4 effective weeks of traineeship. The living allowance for the traineeship sessions in 2021 will be €1,229.32 per month.

How to apply?

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

For more information, see FAQ and visit official website.