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Graphic design trainee


Please send us your application for the IHI JU traineeship programme

no later than  01 July 2024 at 23:59 CEST (Central European Summer Time / Brussels time), following the instructions in the ANNEX


1. About IHI JU

The Innovative Health Initiative (IHI) aims to translate health research and innovation into real benefits for patients and society, and to ensure that Europe remains at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary, sustainable, patient-centric health research. Health research and healthcare increasingly involve diverse sectors. By supporting projects that bring these sectors together, IHI will pave the way for a more integrated approach to healthcare, covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and disease management.

IHI is a partnership between the European Union and European industry associations representing the pharmaceutical, medical technology, biotechnology, digital health and vaccine industries, namely COCIR, EFPIA, EuropaBio, MedTech Europe, and Vaccines Europe.

IHI’s total budget is EUR 2.4 billion. Half of this comes from Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programme. The IHI industry partners have committed EUR 1 billion to IHI, and a further EUR 200 million can be committed by other organisations that decide to support the objectives of IHI in specific areas of research by becoming contributing partners. IHI builds on the successes of the Innovative Medicines Initiative, and the IHI Programme Office continues to manage projects launched under IMI.

For more information, please visit the IHI JU website: www.ihi.europa.eu


2. About IHI JU Traineeship programme 

The Innovative Health Initiative Joint Undertaking (IHI JU) traineeship programme aims to provide talented and highly-qualified trainees with hands-on work experience in the field of health, and to allow them to put into practice the knowledge they have acquired during their academic studies and/or professional careers in the areas of health, communication or administration. 

A paid traineeship at IHI JU is a great opportunity to acquire a better understanding of IHI JU and the EU institutions, and to contribute to the work of IHI JU while working in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary environment.

The nature of the trainee’s work will depend on the service they will be assigned to.

The programme lasts from 3 to 6 months.

Detailed rules can be found on the IHI JU website.

Each trainee will have an adviser within the IHI JU. The adviser will guide and closely follow the trainee during their traineeship, acting as their mentor.

GRANT: the IHI JU pays a monthly grant of 1.376,89 euros net per month and will pay a travel allowance to compensate the expenses incurred at the beginning and at the end of the traineeship from the place of residence, which is normally the address provided for correspondence. It is recommended to carefully read the detailed rules applicable.

3. Job description

The IHI communications team develops creative communication products to attract the best researchers and to disseminate the outputs of our projects. It also ensures that all communication products developed in IHI and beyond are compliant with the new IHI visual identity.

As a member of the communications unit, the graphic design trainee will support the team on the following tasks:

  • provide graphic design services to create a wide variety of online and offline communication products, including: posters, folders, booklets, roll-ups, infographics, social media posts, web banners, templates, etc.;
  • monitor the correct use of the new IHI corporate identity guidelines by internal and external users


4. Eligibility 

In order to be eligible for an IHI traineeship, applicants must: 

  • be nationals of a Member State of the European Union;
  • have completed the first cycle of a higher education course (at least three (3) years of university education) and obtained a full degree by the closing date for applications - shortlisted candidates will be requested to provide copies of the diplomas or other relevant certificates before the date of the interview;

  • have a very a very good knowledge of at least two EU languages, of which one should be English, the working language of IHI JU.

Applications will not be accepted from applicants who, for more than 6 weeks:

  • have already benefited or benefit from any kind of in-service training (formal or informal, paid or unpaid) within a European institution or body, or
  • who have had or have any kind of employment within a European institution or body, including anyone who is or has been an assistant to a Member of the European Parliament, an intra-muros consultant or researcher, a temporary staff member, a contract staff member, an auxiliary staff member or an interim staff member of any EU institution, body, delegation or representative office.

5. Section Criteria

   5.1 Essential Criteria

  • Have a degree and/ or an accredited specialisation in graphic arts / design / visual communication or related subjects;
  • Proven experience with design tools such as Adobe Suite programmes, Canva or other;
  • Basic knowledge of web design.

   5.2  Candidates invited for an interview will also be assessed against the following criteria, which are essential to the post:

  • attention to detail;
  • good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • being a good team player.


6. Selection procedure 

For each selection process, a selection committee is nominated by the Executive Director of IHI JU.

After applications are screened, the selection committee, based on the vacancy notice and on elements of the application, will draw up a list of suitable candidates to be invited for a 30-minute interview, which will be held remotely


7. Application procedure 

For applications to be valid, candidates must submit an online application via https://aa293.referrals.selectminds.com/ihi . Please follow the instructions in the ANNEX.

Candidates are recommended not to wait until the final days before the closing date for applications.. IHI JU cannot be held responsible for any last-minute malfunction due to an overflow of the application system.

Candidates are asked to report any potential change of contact details in writing, without delay, to the following e-mail address: vacancies@ihi.europa.eu. Please remember to quote the reference of the vacancy (ies) for which you have applied in all correspondence.

8. Indicative timing 

The indicative period for the start of the traineeship is beginning of October 2024 to March 2025. 


9. Closing date 

Applications must be submitted by  01 July 2024 at 23:59 CEST (Central European Summer Time / Brussels time).

The closing date of this vacancy may be prolonged.

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