Traineeship in Media Monitoring, Newsroom Division


General Information

Type of contract Traineeship

Who can apply? EU nationals eligible for our traineeship programme

Grant The trainee grant is €1,170 per month plus an accommodation allowance (see further information section)

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 24.06.2024

Your team

You will be part of the Media Monitoring team in the Newsroom Division of the Directorate General Communications. The Newsroom Division is responsible for the day-to-day management of traditional media, social media and internal communication at the ECB. The Division interacts with journalists to provide them with information and answer their enquiries. It also advises on the content and timing of ECB press releases, drafts communication points for the ECB’s decision-making bodies and organises press conferences and briefings.

As part of the Newsroom Division, the Media Monitoring team monitors media reporting on the ECB and analyses reactions to the ECB’s media activities. We also act as the ECB’s news desk, following the daily news on ECB-related topics, searching for relevant news reports and sharing them with colleagues across the institution, either as written text or in live presentations. In our work, we aim to single out issues raised in the media and spot communications challenges. 

The ECB is an inclusive employer and we strive to reflect the diversity of the population we serve. We encourage you to apply irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or other characteristics.

Your role

As a trainee in the Media Monitoring team you will:
  • continuously monitor and analyse economic and other news from various media sources across Europe and share key items with ECB management and staff;
  • analyse media reporting on the ECB’s media activities and write coverage reports for ECB management;
  • present the day’s ECB-related and economic news at internal meetings.

When performing these tasks, you will work closely with other members of the team. 

The position offers you an excellent opportunity to work with a supportive, diverse team in a fast-paced environment. It will enable you to deepen your knowledge of a broad range of topics, from monetary policy, macroeconomics and banking supervision to European politics and institutions, and allow you to learn more about the ECB’s activities. Additionally, you will gain experience working with various media monitoring tools and media sources. You will be part of a multicultural team that strives for continuous innovation to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens. 

Qualifications, experience and skills

  • a bachelor’s degree or higher in economics, finance, international relations, politics, journalism or another relevant field;
  • a solid understanding of macroeconomics gained at some point during your studies;
  • a basic understanding of monetary policy, the ECB, and its main tasks and tools;
  • a good working knowledge of the MS Office package;
  • an advanced (C1) command of English and an upper-intermediate (at least B2) command of two more EU languages, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

  • the ability to read complex texts in one or more of the following languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish.

You are curious and eager to learn, and want to further develop your ability to analyse complex information. You are keen to collaborate with others, pursue team goals and learn from other people’s diverse perspectives. You strive to know and anticipate stakeholder needs, and will signal any need for change and propose alternative solutions.

You are motivated to contribute to the ECB’s mission, to serve the citizens of the EU as a member of a public institution and to work with colleagues from all over Europe. You are keen to be part of our team and to use your skills and competencies to achieve the aims of this position.

Further information

Initial traineeship of 6 months, with a possible extension to up to 12 months in total. The intended starting date for this position is 1 November 2024. 

Other details on the conditions applicable to traineeships at the ECB can be found on our website.

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to Tajana Tomasic Steck, on +49 1522 8549304, or Martin Zwiebelberg, on +49 172 4408497, between 13:00 and 17:00 on 5, 6 and 7 June 2024.

Application and selection process

The recruitment process for this position will include a pre-recorded video interview in the pre-selection phase and — if you are invited to participate in the subsequent selection phase — an online interview. 

Further information on how to apply is available on our website.

If you are not selected for this position but are still considered suitable, you will be placed on a reserve list for 12 months from the closing date for applications, from which you might be considered for other traineeship positions within the ECB.