The ECB offers traineeship opportunities for students with at least a bachelor’s degree, including PhD students, or for recent graduates in areas such as economics, finance, statistics, business administration, law, human resources and translation.These traineeships give students and job entrants an opportunity to put their learning into practice, gain an insight into the ECB’s activities and operations, and to contribute to the ECB’s mission. The tasks performed by trainees are supervised and depend on the unit they join. It can consist of research tasks, the preparation of draft reports, the compilation of statistical data, the execution of operational tasks and the participation in ad hoc studies.

Who can apply
Students, including PhD students, or recent graduates can apply for a traineeship.

Candidates should:

  • be at least 18 years old;
  • be a national of a Member State of the EU or of an acceding country;
  • have completed at least a first cycle qualification (bachelor’s degree);
  • be fluent in English and in another official language of the EU.
  • Following their most recent qualification candidates should:
  • have a maximum of 12 months’ professional experience;
  • have been a trainee for no more than six months;
  • not have been an ECB trainee or have worked for the ECB previously.

Application process
If you would like to apply for a traineeship at the ECB then you should submit your application via our online recruitment system. Please upload any supporting documentation, i.e. letter(s) of recommendation from employers or professors, directly in the electronic application form.

How to apply
The selection process starts on the closing date of the vacancy notice and usually takes around three months, unless there is a very large number of applications (e.g. for specific traineeship programmes).

Please note: If you have been shortlisted you will receive a phone call from us to schedule a phone or Skype interview. Please make sure that we are able to reach you.

Interviews for traineeships take place via telephone or Skype.
When the selection is completed, you will be informed by e-mail of the outcome. You will either:

  • receive a traineeship offer;
  • be notified that you are on a reserve list as you have been assessed as a suitable candidate;
  • be informed that your application has not been successful.

If you did not get an offer or are on a reserve list you may still apply for other traineeship vacancies.

Jasper de Boer, voorlichter WerkenbijdeEU - recruiter bij WerkenbijdeEU
Jasper de Boer, voorlichter WerkenbijdeEU
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