Traineeship in the Communications team in Market Infrastructure and Payments

Market Infrastructure & Payments
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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 05.12.2022

Your team

You will be part of the Communications team in the Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments. Our Directorate General has 150 staff, whose main task is to help ensure that payment systems run smoothly. We are involved in many activities, including work on optimising the payments and securities settlement market in Europe and on the investigation phase of the digital euro project.

In your role as trainee in the Communications team, you will be part of a small team of four members of staff responsible for supporting the senior management team on strategic communications for Market Infrastructure and Payments projects. The team also assists the Directorate General’s divisions in all aspects of outreach, aiming to share technical content with external parties in an accessible and effective manner. In particular, the team prepares presentations for senior management, along with website and social media communications and updates. It also prepares newsletters and articles, monitors the press and organises events. The team works closely with all colleagues in the Directorate General Market Infrastructure and Payments as well as colleagues in the ECB’s Directorate General Communications with the aim of communicating to financial market stakeholders. 

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 in the Communications team you will:
  • support senior management with presentations and briefing material;
  • carry out the monthly media monitoring;
  • assess invitations to senior management to speak at external events; 
  • provide website updates and social media content;
  • contribute to hosting market events.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to participate in a wide range of financial market communications activities. 

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 economics, business administration, management of European affairs, European or international relations, European studies, English linguistics, communications or similar; 
  • experience with communication tools;
  • good writing and visualisation skills;
  • experience in extracting key messages from technical material and presenting them in a simple and clear manner; 
  • 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.

  • experience with social media and website communications;
  • experience with press monitoring.

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

Traineeship of between six and 12 months in total, with a start date in early 2023.

Other details on the conditions applicable to traineeships at the ECB can be found on our website

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to the team lead, Elin Amundsen, on +49 172 8948604 between 12:00 and 13:00 CET on Thursday, 17 November.

Application and selection process

Further information on how to apply 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.