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Traineeship

The first step in seeking a career in European affairs starts with the traineeship.  Traineeship in an EU institution provides valuable experience and insight. Traineeship at the European Commission may last for five months only but for other institutions such as the European Parliament or the Court of Justice, traineeship is more flexible.

The most well-known traineeship is the “blue book”.  This term got its name from the blue book where the candidates of the pre-selection were listed before placing it online. During the “blue book” traineeship, trainees welcome some 600 people twice in a year at the European Commission.

Becoming a trainee is a privilege because they are paid approximately 1000 euros a month if based in Brussels.  In other countries with EU institutions, the compensation may vary.

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