Traineeships for translation interns at the European Commission (starting 1 October)


DG Translation offers a small number of traineeships each year. These last five months and are open to graduates looking to gain some professional translation experience within the European institutions. The linguistic and academic requirements are the same as for permanent translators. Regrettably, because of the limited number of places, we cannot take all applicants.

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Trainees are usually assigned to a translation unit made up of translators with the same mother tongue or main language. As a trainee you do the same work as staff colleagues — translating into your mother tongue* from at least two official EU languages. Your work is revised by experienced senior staff. In some cases you may be assigned to one of DG Translation’s administrative units.


Trainees receive a grant of € 1,071.19 per month. [Updated January 2011]


Commission traineeships run for five months from 1 March and 1 October every year.

Basic requirements

You must:

  • hold a full university-level degree and
  • be able to translate into your mother tongue or main language* from two EU official languages (one of which must be French, English or German)

You are not eligible to apply if you have already completed an EU traineeship lasting more than six weeks elsewhere.

Apply now

If you meet the requirements above, fill out the online trainee application on the Traineeships Office website. The various stages of the procedure are clearly set out there.

The deadlines for applications are:

  • 31 January for traineeships starting in October
  • 1 September for traineeships starting in March.

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