Trainee Italian Translator (European Central Bank)

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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: 17.07.2024

Your team

You will be part of the Language Services Division in the Directorate General Communications. We provide translation, editing and 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 both expert audiences and the general public, including multilingual content for our website aimed at making the ECB's work accessible to non-expert readers.

As a trainee Italian Translator, you will join a small team of Italian translators who, together with the translators of other languages, are responsible for communicating the ECB's messages to almost 350 million Europeans who do not have English as their first language. You will help produce ECB communications in Italian, working closely with  language technologists/terminologists and our administrative team, 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 Italian Translator you will:

  • translate texts from English into Italian;
  • revise and proofread texts in Italian;
  • help to identify, extract and compile terminology, particularly in the fields of economics and finance;
  • align previously translated documents so they can be added to our 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 an insight into language services activities 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 translation or interpreting;
  • knowledge of computer-assisted translation tools;
  • a mastery-level (C2) command of Italian (native speaker standard) and an advanced (C1) command of English, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.



  • a master's degree (completed or in the final stages of completion) in translation, or 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 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

Initial traineeship of three months, with a possible extension to up to 12 months in total, subject to performance and budget. The traineeship is expected to start in the second half of 2024.

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

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to Virge Juurikas, on +49 (0)69 1344 4939 between 10:00 and 11:00 CET on 11 July.

Application and selection process

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.

Further information on how to apply is available on our website.

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.