EC Traineeship – Recruitment



Recruitment… the final step before booking your plane ticket to Brussels. If the selection e-mail came to confirm and secure your position as a future trainee, the recruitment or offer e-mail will undoubtedly bring you the traineeship offer (also known as placement offer). The e-mail contains a link with a password and some practical information. Yes, you may be jumping up with joy, but bureaucracy can be larger than life. I’m just kidding… :-)


A job offer means signing a contract and providing some personal information about yourself. Same goes for the traineeship offer. In the offer e-mail click on the link and type in the password. You’ll be redirected to your traineeship offer. There’s a lots to read, not to mention it can be confusing too.


The traineeship offer contains a job description, an acceptance form and some other documents that you will have to print, fill in, sign and e-mail back. If the traineeship offer does not stand up to your expectations, then you can decline it or… take it either way. It’s up to you to decide. You will have to do all this within the deadline, which is clearly marked in the offer (usually 2 to 3 weeks from the receipt of the offer).


So if you decide to take the offer, sign the acceptance form (the acceptance form is basically your contract). Then go to the annex “Documents to be supplied” as you will be required to e-mail back some of the documents on that page together with the acceptance form. Scan them and e-mail them back. You will receive an automatic e-mail to acknowledge the receipt of your acceptance.


When you have received this acknowledgement e-mail, youwill know for sure you can start planning your trip and stay in Brussels. And that’s when you have to get back to the offer e-mail and read the practical information on: accommodation, visa formalities and other…


Oh yes, before I forget and before you forget, make sure you keep an extra set of all the documents with you. It might come in handy later on.