Traineeship at the European Commission: a Good Start for Your Career

04/10/2011 18:15

The European Commission is the biggest in-house translation agency in the world. Everyday there are thousands of pages translated from and into 23 official languages of the European Union. The Slovak translation section in Brussels has 5 translators, who translate web pages. Besides that, there are about 55 translators in Luxembourg, translating legal regulations, brochures and press releases.


Nataša Procházková, a graduate from Comenius University, is one of the translators working for the European Commission. She came to our department to talk about traineeships for students and graduates. 


The training programme at the EC lasts for five months and is organized twice a year, beginning on October 1 and March 1. The application form for the October term is to be submitted by January 31 and the one for the March term by September 1. The amount of the grant for trainees is currently 1,071.19 € per month, while trainees cover their costs of living and accommodation.


Who can apply

The eligible candidate are required:

  • to have successfully completed their Bachelor’s degree programme
  • to have the ability to translate from at least two EU official languages (one of them must be English, French or German) into their native language
  • not to have already benefited from previous training or employment with any of the European institutions

How to apply

The candidate must complete an application form, which can be downloaded from and submit it online. The candidates are also required to print out the filled out form and send it signed and dated along with their personal documents to the provided address. The obligatory personal documents include:

  • a copy of the candidate’s ID card or passport,
  • a copy of the candidate’s university diploma with the relevant Europass Diploma Supplement (or if missing - the relevant University Transcripts)
  • any other documents or letters of reference confirming the candidate’s previous work experience are welcome.

For further information, have a look at the webpage of the European Commission (


Kristína Kallová