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 08.02.2023

Your team

You will be part of the Design & Digital 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 are currently working on a wide range of projects and initiatives aimed at making the ECB even more accessible to different audiences.

We are seeking talented, creative and innovative individuals to join our Design team, which is responsible for producing graphic and motion graphic design solutions. You will work closely with internal and external stakeholders to create visual material for a number of platforms, including websites and social media channels. 

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 Design team you will:
  • support the team with its daily tasks by preparing various types of visual material for all ECB digital platforms (e.g. websites and social media);
  • develop branding solutions for various ECB initiatives by exploring and implementing the latest trends in graphic and motion graphic design, in line with the ECB’s visual style guides;
  • provide innovative and creative proposals that will improve the ECB’s visual communication;
  • help to implement and further improve the ECB’s video branding by working on videos featuring motion graphics;
  • work 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, showcased by a portfolio of your best graphic and/or motion graphic design work;
  • experience in graphic and motion graphic design, and a basic knowledge of user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design;
  • a good understanding of the ECB’s mission, tasks and responsibilities, 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 graphic 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 strategies;
  • 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 aims of this position.

Further information

Traineeship of between 6 and 12 months in total.

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

Application and selection process

Further information on how to apply 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 other traineeship positions within the ECB.