There are opportunities for young graduates to work in certain EU institutions. More than 1,200 young people have the chance to increase their professional skills, develop their personal qualities, and enhance their EU knowledge through trainee programmes.

The European Parliament, the Council, the Commission, the External Action Service, Court of Justice, Court of Auditors, the Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions and the European Ombudsman organise traineeships for young university graduates, each lasting 3-5 months.

Trainees will all have completed their first university degree, and so receive tasks similar to those of the lower AD grade officials.