Work for the EU

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The EU institutions employ over 40 000 men and women from the 28 EU member countries. The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) organises ‘open competitions’ to select personnel for permanent and non permanent positions. Besides permanent staff, the EU also employs contractual agents and temporary staff, offers traineeships and maintains databases of area experts.

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is the first port of call for anyone wanting to work for the EU. Its website explains the selection process and gives advice on preparing for competitions.


Seven institutions also take on trainees for three to five months. Known as stagiaires, the trainees can be studentsuniversity graduates or linguists, and are given tasks similar to those of lower-grade administrators.