Traineeship in design for digital 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 01.04.2022

Your team

You will be part of a team of designers working in the Web and Digital Division in the Directorate General Communications. Our Division is responsible for the ECB’s digital communications, including website development, design and content; digital content creation; social-media channel management; publications; visual communications including photo, video, design, and branding; and digital impact analysis.

You will be part of a team responsible for producing graphic and motion graphics design solutions for a number of platforms (for example websites and social media channels). You will work closely with both internal and external stakeholders. We are seeking talented, creative and innovative individuals to help us reach the Division’s goals.

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

Your tasks as a trainee in the design team will include:
  • supporting the team with its daily tasks by preparing various types of visual material for all ECB digital platforms (e.g. social media, websites, etc.);
  • developing branding solutions for various ECB initiatives by exploring and implementing the latest trends in graphic and motion graphics design, based on the ECB visual style guides;
  • providing innovative and creative proposals that will improve the ECB’s visual communication;
  • helping to implement and further improve the ECB’s video branding by working on motion graphics videos.
  • working with digital content experts to create innovative visual content for digital channels, including videos and infographics. 

The position offers you excellent opportunities to join a fast-paced environment and gain experience across a broad range of communications-related topics, while working with experts from all over Europe. 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 the field of graphic design, visual arts, motion graphics or similar. Other fields will also be considered if combined with strong relevant qualifications;
  • creative flair and artistic sensibility, evidenced by a portfolio showcasing your best graphic and/or motion graphics design work;
  • experience in graphic and motion graphics design, and a basic knowledge of User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) design;
  • a good understanding of the mission, tasks and responsibilities of the ECB, and the ability to describe these in clear and simple terms;
  • 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 graphic and motion graphics design tools and workflows (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects and other Adobe software);
  • a basic understanding of digital media and digital communications strategy;
  • experience of working or studying in an international environment.

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.

Application and selection process

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

The recruitment process for this position will include an online interview.

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 similar positions within the ECB.