Work experience at the EU Commission. Paid. But how well?

I was browsing around today and found this link (in Italian)

Apparently the EU Commission is ready to offer paid translation internships. Yay!

I was happy to see that the much-dreaded we-won’t-pay-you-any-money work experience trend seems to be ignored at least by (some) big institutions. Don’t think I am not a fan of learning the ropes the hard way, with bucketload efforts and living on nothing (we all did it this way…). On the other hand, I was wondering… how is an intern supposed to live off approximately €900 (just a bit more than £750) in a city like Brussels or Strasbourg (not exactly the cheapest around)?

Still, loads of the skilled and talented out there are working full-time for exactly the same amount – and they don’t get the all the prestige of being part of such a big framework.

Interns of the world, put your back into it! Certainly it must be a truly fantastic experience.

For more info in other languages, try the official EU website:





Back from holidays…

…with a surprise.

I spent 4 gorgeous days in Elba, a lovely island of the Tuscan Archipelago (can you name all the islands?)


and really had some time OFF. Unbelievable, but I did manage to rest (a bit) and enjoy my parents’ company down to memory lane (we lived there for 2 yrs).

Apart from being devastated by mosquitos – a rare breed, this one: tiny bugs as silent as death, hard to see and impossible to catch – I got back to the UK on Monday to realize I caught the nastiest cold E-V-E-R. Must have been the a/c at full blast on the plane…

So, back from holidays and back to work… but innerly I would like to go back to bed today!


Till the next one,


Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 3,317 other followers

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events

Rainy London’s Twitter profile

RL's Flickr account


The Healthy Freelancer

Yoga, fitness & health tips for busy freelancers and more!

Patenttranslator's Blog

Diary of a Mad Patent Translator


A Popular Source of Inspiration for Leaders all over the World

Translator's Digest

Thoughts on translation


Work, travel, live... in style

Intérpretes y Traductores al desnudo – Interpreti e Traduttori allo scoperto

Blog ES-IT de entrevistas con un toque personal a intérpretes, traductores y otros profesionales para conocer a quienes están del otro lado de la pantalla. ––– Blog IT-ES d'interviste con un tocco personale a interpreti, traduttori e altri professionisti per conoscere chi è dall'altra parte dello schermo.

francesca manicardi

Interprete, traduttrice & +


...for more appreciation of professional translators' and interpreters' work.

El hormiguero de Cálamo&Cran

Blog oficial de Cálamo&Cran

TED Blog

The TED Blog shares news about TED Talks and TED Conferences.

Help Traduzioni - Studio di traduzioni e comunicazione web

Traduzioni, comunicazione e web marketing

The Prosperous Translator

Advice from Fire Ant & Worker Bee

"Providing the training, tools and expertise to help you grow your language business!"


Style News, Fashion Trends & Beauty Tips

Coordenadas | Blog de Ismael Pardo

Profesor de inglés en Málaga

%d bloggers like this: