Traineeships in Communications

You can no longer apply

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 Public Communication Division in the Directorate General Communications. Our Directorate General has approximately 250 staff, who are responsible for communicating with the public and media about the ECB’s work and mission. We manage digital communications, media relations and public affairs, and we also lead the ECB’s efforts to engage effectively with staff. We are currently working on making the ECB more accessible to different audiences and reaching out to the general public directly, using the bank’s social media channels and websites.

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

We are offering three traineeships in the Division.

Position 1: Communications trainee in the Campaigns and Civil Society team

You will contribute to:
  • organising innovative and impactful communications campaigns for the general public, especially young people;
  • liaising with a communications agency;
  • implementing our civil society engagement strategy, including planning and organising dialogue sessions with representatives of European civil society organisations;
  • researching possible multipliers and stakeholders and establishing relations with them;
  • researching target audiences and topics for our initiatives;
  • identifying and reporting on trends and developments in public debate on economic and monetary policy in the euro area.

Position 2: Communications trainee in the Visits, Enquiries and Protocol team

You will contribute to:
  • planning and coordinating visits to the ECB Visitor Centre and tailored lectures with ECB experts;
  • hosting visitor groups and giving presentations of the ECB’s work, both onsite and virtually;
  • liaising with an external agency for the development of new exhibition content;
  • training and guiding ECB colleagues on their engagement with visitors;
  • compiling information for public enquiries and organising high-level visits.

Position 3: Communications trainee in the Blog and Speakers team 

You will contribute to:
  • researching policy-relevant topics and compiling information for blog posts targeting a variety of different audiences, including experts, students, academics and other readers interested in economics;
  • coordinating the production of visuals, infographics and images for the blog;
  • liaising with a communications agency;
  • coordinating training sessions for writers;
  • responding to queries from different stakeholders at all levels in the ECB;
  • drafting content to support staff members’ speaking engagements.

The three positions offer you excellent opportunities to join a fast-paced environment and to gain an insight into a broad range of communications activities. They also offer you the opportunity to broaden your knowledge of communications and to come up with creative solutions to problems. 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 or higher in communications, economics, international relations, business administration, political science, marketing, public relations or a similar field;
  • a strong interest in, and understanding of, the ECB’s mission, combined with the ability to describe this mission in clear and simple terms;
  • experience of producing communication materials, both written and visual;
  • an 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
  • for the position in the Visits, Enquiries and Protocol team, a proficient (C2) command of German.

  • for the position in the Campaigns and Civil Society team, a proficient (C2) command of German and/or French.

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

Three traineeships of an initial period of six months, with the possibility of extension (up to 12 months in total). The traineeships are expected to start in September/October 2022. 

For additional information on the positions in the Campaigns and Civil Society and the Blog and Speakers teams, you can speak to Antonia Hamova on +49 151 17619825 between 14:30 and 16:00 on Wednesday, 15 June 2022 or Belén Pérez Esteve on +49 173 533 4269 between 16:00 and 17:30 on Thursday, 23 June 2022.

For additional information on the position in the Visits, Enquiries and Protocol team, you can speak to Fabian Geuther on +49 152 21893341 between 16:00 and 17:30 on Friday, 10 June or Wednesday, 22 June 2022.

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. 

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.