The five-month traineeship program starts on October 1st and March 1st. Trainees are placed in Brussels, Luxembourg or the different permanent representations of the Commission in large cities throughout the entire European Union. Trainees come not only from all 28 European Union countries, but also from other continents.
Role of the Stage Committee
Although the trainees work full-time in the Commission, they like getting together and organising events during their free time. Therefore, they can set up subcommittees, ranging from Politics and International Relations and Happiness to Football and Beer 360. The organised events include film screenings, sports tournaments, job fairs, trips, fund-raising events and workshops. The board of the Stage Committee coordinates all of these activities and allocates a budget for each subcommittee as well as organising their own events throughout the traineeship. They also represent the interests of the trainees towards third parties like the Traineeship Office, the Directorate-Generals and external partners as well as providing help and support to the trainees on a regular basis.