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European Central Bank Employer Presentation

Employer Event
European Central Bank HQ Frankfurt
Thursday, February 17, 2022, 12:45 pm – 1:30 pm

Please note: This event will focus on the ECB traineeship and postgraduate program, for which only nationals of EU Member States or acceding countries are eligible.

The ECB is a European institution based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, the geographical heart of Europe. People working at the ECB hail from 27 countries and speak 24 languages. The prime tasks of the ECB are to maintain price stability and the value of the euro, the common currency in Europe; and to make sure people's money is safe in the bank. In normal times, the ECB ensures that the economy is well-oiled by setting short-term interest rates, maintaining a stable payment and financial system, issuing banknotes, supervising banks etc. In global crisis times, such as the past two years of the pandemic, the ECB supports the economy to survive the shock and, ultimately, help save millions of jobs.

As a CEU alumna, Ildikó is keen to connect with the next generation of talent and share what it is like to work for the ECB, the options for scholarships and early career opportunities for current CEU students and recent graduates. She will also give you some information and tips how to prepare and apply for a job at the ECB. After a brief presentation, there will be ample time for Q&A.

During this virtual event, you will learn more about: 

  • The set-up, role, and mission of the ECB and the broader Eurosystem
  • Early career and traineeship opportunities at the ECB (e.g. ECB Graduate Programme) as well as scholarships and awards (e.g. “Women in Economics” scholarship)
  • Areas of expertise the ECB is looking for and how to strengthen your candidacy


Ildikó Ráczné Szőke (ECBS '17) is Head of Talent Management Division (one of the three divisions at DG Human Resources). She and her team of 35 colleagues shape the ECB's people strategy to meet business needs and enable people's growth, identifies critical skill sets and ensures professional development for all. She is also in charge of D&I policy at the ECB to strengthen an inclusive and diverse working culture and leverage diverse talent. She is leading the discussion on all people related initiatives and especially learning and development together with 27 European central bank representatives.

Ildikó has more than 25 years’ work experience in the field. Before joining the ECB, Ildikó was Head of HR at Raiffeisen Bank Hungary for 8,5 years after working at the same position at E.ON Földgáz and the Central Bank of Hungary. She has an MBA from CEU and a previous degree from Budapest University of Economic Sciences and College of Foreign Trade.

The roles presented during this event will be primarily for graduate students. Future career programming will also include employer events geared towards undergraduate students.

This event will be held on campus in Vienna. Please register in advance. You will have an opportunity to indicate if you are not able to attend in person so that we can send you details for joining remotely.