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Civil Service (UK & EU) (Fast Stream & direct entry)

Working in the EU Civil Service

Graduates interested in working in the EU Civil Service can apply for an EU traineeship or a graduate administrator-level role. Due to the language requirements, this graduate scheme may be of particular interest to graduates with languages.

Traineeships are open to all graduates and generally require candidates to be able to speak at least two EU languages.

Graduate administrator-level roles are only open to EU citizens and also require two EU languages.

Find out more about eligibility and language requirements.

Applying for graduate roles in the EU Civil Service

Recruitment for graduate roles is offered through 'open competitions', which are held annually in the spring and involve tests and assessment exercises.

Step 1: Register

Competitions are published on the Jobs section of the European Personnel Selection Office website. There will be profiles for the roles so you can find out more about the opportunities and eligibility criteria.

Entry level (graduate) positions are classed as AD5. The main graduate recruitment is open between mid-March and mid-April and advertised as Administrators: Generalists. There are also specialist competitions throughout the year (eg. economics, IT).

Step 2: Online tests and application

You will need to fill in your online application and complete some self-assessment exercises.

If you pass the initial exercises, you will be invited to sit a set of Computer-based multiple-choice question tests.

The highest scoring candidates in the test will be asked to complete an e-tray exercise online.

Step 3: Brussels assessment day

If you meet the eligibility criteria and score one of the highest score in the e-tray, you will be invited to a competency-based assessment centre in Brussels. The assessment stage involves a series of exercises designed to assess your suitability for the profile.

Step 4: Success

Successful candidates are placed on a database called a ‘reserve list’ from which the various EU Institutions recruit. If your profile is of interest, you will be contacted directly by the recruiting institution.