The European Commission is the largest part of the EU Civil Service, with around 50,000 members of staff based in London, Luxembourg, and offices across the globe. Working to shape European policy is something that is interesting more and more graduates, and is becoming an increasingly popular option.
There are a wide variety of roles available as an EU civil servant, from generalist law and economy roles, right through to project management. You could find yourself doing anything from negotiating trade agreements with foreign countries, to managing projects that send aid to the poorest countries in Europe.
The European Commission offers two five-month periods of in-service training for graduates from the member states of the European Union, and to a limited number of nationals from non-member countries. These training periods involve hands-on work experience in one of the Commission’s departments and run from 1 March and 1 October each year.
Instead of the typical structured graduate scheme, roles at the European Commission tend to be flexible and allow recruits to develop at their own pace and in line with their own areas of interest. As such, there is a wide range of opportunities available, with options to travel and learn new languages.
The European Commission has 29 main members with 1 member representing each member state in the EU.