Traineeships in Human Resources

Human Resources
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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 24.03.2021

Your team

You will be part of the Directorate General Human Resources (DG/HR) and will help us to deliver on our vision: thrilled and talented people working for a prosperous Europe. With around 100 staff members, the Directorate General provides services to approximately 3,500 employees. You will join either the Business Partnering Division or the Talent Management Division and will help us to develop agile, customer-centric and strategic HR solutions and services in the areas of talent acquisition, leadership development, business partnering, employee engagement, as well as performance and career management.

On the basis of your education, areas of expertise or knowledge, and – where possible – your preferences, you will be assigned to one or more of the following tasks:

  • contributing to the design, development and implementation of policies, frameworks, services and/or tools in one or more of the following HR areas: career management, performance management, strategic workforce planning, learning and development and working culture; 
  • contributing to HR initiatives across the European System of Central Banks, with a key focus on the training and development initiatives of the ECB, the national central banks and the national supervisory authorities;
  • supporting the roll-out of HR initiatives and processes, including workforce planning and performance management, as well as staff engagement surveys, mobility initiatives and specific client-driven projects;
  • contributing to initiatives and processes that aim to support and inspire employees during their career journey at the ECB and are related to career development, employability, connectedness, performance, and on- and offboarding;
  • supporting recruitment processes through data analysis, market research and benchmarking, and contributing to employer branding and talent attraction initiatives.

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 your gender, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or other characteristics.

Your role

As a trainee in Human Resources you will contribute to DG/HR’s ongoing work and new initiatives, for example by preparing presentations and contributing to policy documents, conducting policy and data analysis, carrying out market research or benchmarking studies, creating and running surveys, as well as contributing to the organisation or delivery of various HR tasks, initiatives and events.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to put into practice the knowledge you acquired during your studies, and you will gain an insight into the ECB’s activities and contribute to the ECB’s mission. 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


  • bachelor’s degree or higher in HR management, communication, business administration, social and organisational psychology, law or a similar field;
  • theoretical knowledge of, and/or practical experience in, one or more of the following areas: diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, employer branding, employment law, HR communications, industrial/labour relations, learning and development, leadership development, organisational psychology/culture, performance management, career management, on- and offboarding, employability or recruitment/talent acquisition;
  • 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.


  • knowledge of data analysis, visualisation and reporting.

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

Traineeship of between 6 and 12 months in total. The starting dates of the traineeships span the second and third quarters of 2021 and depend on the team you join.

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 pre-recorded video interview in the pre-selection phase and - if you are invited to participate in the subsequent selection phase - an online interview via Webex.