Cover image - Lavorare all'estero
Stage Post laurea

Traineeships in Legal Services | BCE

Frankfurt • Legale

Your Role
You will be assigned to either one of the three divisions above or the DPO. You will carry out research and prepare legal advice in close collaboration with experienced legal counsels.

As a trainee in the Institutional Law Division you will:

contribute to the provision of legal advice on questions related to central bank law, the ECB’s privileges and immunities, EU law (in particular institutional law, administrative law, and all aspects of ESCB and Eurosystem governance, as well as EU civil service law), contracts (including non-financial contracts) and procurement law;
deal with legal issues concerning accounting, auditing, taxation, euro banknotes and intellectual property.

As a trainee in the Financial Law Division you will:

support the analysis of legal questions and the preparation of legal acts related to monetary policy and the monetary policy measures, market operations, financial market infrastructures (including ESCB projects such as TARGET2 and TARGET2-Securities), the oversight of payment and settlement systems, statistics, financial services legislation and financial stability.

As a trainee in the Supervisory Law Division you will:

contribute to the interpretation of the rules which the ECB applies in its supervision of credit institutions, such as those concerning authorisations, fit and proper assessments, capital and liquidity requirements, and supervisory reporting, crisis management, enforcement and sanctions;
assist in the preparation of advice relating to the SSM Regulation.

As a trainee in the DPO you will:

prepare advice on new projects in relation to data protection matters, assess Data Protection Impact Assessments, review privacy statements, handle data breach reports, and respond to requests from data subjects and other stakeholders;
contribute to the analysis of, and recommendations for, international data transfers.

These positions offer you excellent opportunities to gain experience of providing legal assistance on matters related to institutional, financial, supervisory or data protection law in an EU context and to put into practice the knowledge and skills which you acquired during your studies. Working together with more experienced colleagues, you will have the opportunity to improve your skills and further develop as a professional. You will be part of a multicultural team that strives for continuous innovation and seeks to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens.



- a master’s degree or higher in law, preferably obtained in an EU Member State (for details on degree equivalences, read more);
- an awareness of and interest in the role and functioning of the ECB, European System of Central Banks and European banking supervision;
- 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, read more.


- a specialisation, work or research experience, publications or a master’s or doctoral thesis in fields of law directly relevant to the work of at least one of the three divisions mentioned above or the DPO;
- a sound knowledge of EU law, for instance institutional and administrative law, contract and procurement law, financial law, supervisory or data protection law, or other fields of law directly relevant to the work of at least one of the three divisions or the DPO;
- a working knowledge of French and/or German

Further Information
This traineeship will last between three and twelve months in total with an expected starting date in 2021.

Depending on the development of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the traineeship may take place wholly or partly through teleworking.

The recruitment process for this position may include a pre-recorded video interview at the pre-selection stage and – if you are invited to participate in the subsequent selection phase – an online interview via WebEx.