General information

Every year, the Court of Justice of the European Union offers a limited number of paid traineeships of a maximum duration of five months. Traineeships are generally undertaken in the Research and Documentation Directorate, the Communication Directorate, Seminars and Visits Unit, the Directorate-General for Translation, the Registry of the General Court or the Interpretation Directorate (for detailed rules regarding interpreting traineeships, see below).

There are two traineeship periods:

- from 1 March to 31 July (form to be sent no later than 30 September)
- from 1 October to 28 February (form to be sent no later than 30 April)

Applicants, who must hold a degree in law or in political sciences (majority content, law) or, for traineeships in the Interpretation Directorate, a diploma in conference interpreting, must complete and then print and sign the application form EN / FR and send it to the following e-mail address:, together with a detailed curriculum vitae and copies of diplomas and/or certificates. All attachments must bear the first name and surname of the applicant and must be numbered consecutively. Please note that the combined size of all attachments must not exceed 5 MB.

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In view of the nature of the working environment, a good knowledge of French is desirable.

Interpreting traineeships, which last from 10 to 12 weeks, are primarily aimed at newly qualified conference interpreters whose language combination is of interest to the Interpretation Directorate. The aim is to enable newly qualified interpreters to be supervised as they perfect their interpreting skills, particularly in legal interpreting, which involves the preparation of case-files, terminological research and practical exercises in a ‘silent booth'. The ability to read French is required. Please note that no hearings are held during judicial vacations.