Traineeship for a German Translator

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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 28.06.2022

Your team

You will be part of the Language Services Division in the Directorate General Communications of the European Central Bank (ECB). We provide translation, editing, proofreading, and language technology and terminology services in all EU languages, as well as offering advice on linguistic matters. Our work covers a wide range of texts for expert audiences and the general public, and includes translating multilingual content for our website aimed at making the ECB’s work more accessible to non-experts.

In your role as a trainee German Translator you will be part of one of the Division’s three multilingual sections.

We are responsible for communicating the ECB’s messages to over 300 million Europeans who do not have English as their native language. You will be the ECB’s voice in German and will work closely with translators, language technologists and coordination assistants, as well as experts from other ECB business areas.

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 German Translator you will:
  • translate non-legal texts from English into German;
  • revise and proofread texts in German;
  • help to identify, extract and compile terminology, particularly in the fields of economics, finance and banking supervision;
  • align previously translated documents so they can be added to the translation memory databases.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to use state-of-the-art language technology tools in your daily work and to gain insight into the activities of language services in an EU institution. 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 modern languages or translation;
  • familiarity with computer-assisted translation tools;
  • a mastery-level (C2) command of German;
  • an advanced (C1) command of English, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages;

  • a master’s degree (or being close to completing a master’s degree) in modern languages or translation, or a master’s degree in any other field combined with postgraduate studies in translation;
  • an interest in financial and economic affairs;
  • an intermediate (B1) command of another official EU language.

You are curious, 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 3 and 12 months in total, with an expected starting date in autumn 2022.

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to our German translators Anike Mora, on +49 (0)69 1344 8712 between 10:00 and 11:00 on Friday, 17 June, or Andrea Lüske on +49 (0)69 1344 7909 between 16:00 and 17:00 on Friday, 24 June.

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 in the pre-selection phase and – if you are invited to participate in the subsequent selection phase – 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.