Traineeships in Communications

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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 07.06.2021

Your team

You will be part of the External Engagement team in the Directorate General Communications. The Directorate General Communications is responsible for communicating the official views of the ECB/ Eurosystem/European System of Central Banks and informing the public and the media about the ECB’s tasks, mission and organisation. We manage all media relations and public affairs, and answer enquiries from the general public, journalists, institutions, academics and others. We also lead the ECB’s efforts to engage effectively with staff. We are currently working on a wide range of communications projects and initiatives to make the ECB more accessible to different audiences.

In your role as a Communications trainee, you will be part of a team of 12 staff members responsible for engaging with the general public and making the ECB better understood in order to foster trust in the organisation. You will contribute to the ECB’s communications with non-experts and broader audiences by helping to organise initiatives (e.g. online campaigns, dialogues and competitions) for the general public, in particular young Europeans and civil society organisations. 

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 Communications trainee, you will contribute to:
  • organising innovative and impactful communications campaigns for the general public, in particular young people, from the drafting of the proposal to the production of impact reports;
  • liaising with our communications agency;
  • conducting research on possible multipliers and stakeholders and establishing relations with them;
  • conducting research on target audiences and topics for our initiatives;
  • identifying trends and developments in public debate on economic and monetary policy in the euro area and drafting reports;
  • implementing our civil society engagement strategy, including planning and organising initiatives for representatives of European civil society organisations.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to join a fast-paced environment and gain an insight into a broad range of communications activities. It also offers you an opportunity to combine your knowledge of communications with creativity to help shape our work. You will work closely with other teams in the Directorate General Communications and other areas of the ECB as well as external stakeholders, including other EU institutions, civil society organisations, universities and social media influencers. 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 in communications, economics, international relations, business administration, political science, marketing, public relations or a similar field;
  • a clear interest in and understanding of the ECB’s mission and the ability to describe it in clear and simple terms;
  • experience of producing communication materials, both written and visual, and the ability to simplify complex concepts and texts;
  • a good knowledge of the MS Office package;
  • an advanced (C1) command of English and an intermediate (B1) command of at least one other official language of the EU, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

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 objectives of this position.

Further information

We are offering two traineeships for six months each (one ideally starting in September/October 2021 and another ideally starting in the first quarter of 2022). 

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to Belén Pérez Esteve, on +49 173 533 4269 between 16:00 and 17:30 on Wednesday, 26 May or Wednesday, 2 June 2021.

Application and selection process

Further information on how to join us is available on our website.

The recruitment process for this position will include a remote written exercise and an online interview.