I have met several people who are currently working at the EU (one for ten years) who did not take the examinations to have a permanent position. Is this possible? Do you need several years of previous work experience in EU related matters to be accepted as temporary staff? I keep hearing that is extremely important to be inside the EU to actually pass the examinations.(or at least have been inside at some point). I understand that, however it is very hard to get an internship there, I tried and keep trying but I haven't had any luck so far... Therefore, would it be realistic to apply for a temporary position when I can't even get a position as an intern? And also, what exactly are they looking for in an intern?