Shaping the future of the Union is a real challenge! Do you feel ready to take it on? By working for the various institutions of the European Union, you will be part of a fast paced international environment with the possibility to make a lasting difference for Europe. On top of that, Brussels, a cosmopolitan and vibrant city, will convince you at first glance.

Types of employment/Get your foot in the door

Is it your dream to work for the EU? The European Institutions are always looking to hire ambitious and capable people  for many different functions.

A. Permanent staff

  1. Administrators: Administrators are typically involved in drafting, monitoring and implementing policies. They fulfil an analytical and advisory role and work in many different sectors (fiscal, economic, commercial, etc.)  throughout their careers.
  2. Assistants: Assistants usually work in roles related to administration, management (including financial) and communication. Managing staff, preparing documents or computer work are just some of the many tasks of an assistant.
  3. Assistant secretaries: Assistant secretaries primarily perform administrative tasks and paperwork. They are responsible for compiling files, organizing and coordinating meetings, and many other supporting tasks for different teams.

B. Contract staff

Contract staff members are hired for a limited period of time (often 6 to 12 months) for manual or administrative tasks. They can also step in to address a lack of staff in a specific area.

C. Temporary agents

Temporary agents are recruited for very specific tasks in a variety of sectors.

Note: all recruitment of the previous categories (A, B and C), is done through competitive recruitment processes. You can find the list of opportunities here.

D. Temporary staff

Some institutions recruit staff through temporary agencies and offer them contracts of up to 10 months.

E. Traineeships

Every year some 1,200 young graduates are offered the chance to improve their professional skills and knowledge of the European Union through a three to five-month traineeship (usually referred to as stagiaire) within one of its institutions (the European Parliament, the Council of the EU, the European Commission, the European External Action Service, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Court of Auditors, the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions and the European Ombudsman). To do this, students must at least hold a first university degree and are given tasks similar to those of lower-grade administrators. This first experience within the European Institutions is a unique opportunity to create a solid professional network! The selection of trainees is done by the institutions themselves. For more information consult the practical guide on traineeships within the European Union.

F. For specific tasks (maintenance, catering, etc.)

staff are recruited through subcontractors selected through tenders.

G. Seconded national experts (SNEs)

These public servants are sent by their home countries for a fixed period to an EU institution to share their expertise and to learn about EU policies and procedures. Seconded national experts must follow a specific recruitment procedure which does not involve EPSO. For information on current opportunities, contact the Permanent Representation of your country to the EU.

H. Parliamentary assistants

Some MEPs are looking for assistants. Please refer to the European Parliament website for details on the recruitment procedures.

Am I eligible?

If you wish to enter an open competition or a selection procedure, you must be a citizen of an EU country, be entitled to full rights as an EU citizen  and have a good command of at least two EU languages. A comprehensive list of different eligibility criteria is available here. Minimum educational requirements vary according to the position. However, in general you need:

  • A secondary education for all non-academic positions ('assistant' level).
  • A degree of higher education (minimum 3 years of study) for all university-level positions (‘administrator’ level).

In addition, work experience may be required for some positions.

Want one last piece of advice? Go have a look on this website, you’ll find plenty of job offers in the European environment.


Brussels is also the location of NATO’s headquarters. Founded in 1949, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is a political and military alliance of Western countries. Its purpose is the defence of freedom and security of all its members against external threats through political and military means.

If you are looking for information on vacancies within NATO, please visit this site.

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Read the testimony of Cristian to discover what it is like to work in the European sphere.