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The OECD Internship Programme is designed to bring highly qualified and motivated students with diverse backgrounds into the Organisation to work on projects linked to the Strategic Orientations of the Secretary-General and to support the corporate functions of the Organisation.

Its main goal is to give successful candidates the opportunity to improve their analytical and technical skills in an international environment.

The OECD is a knowledge-based organisation, and the people are vital to the Organisation’s ability to deliver on its mission and work programme. Through the recruitment process we want better understand your background, experiences and skills and fit for the position and organisation.

Internship description:

  • Participating in the preparation of studies and documents;
  • Carrying out research and reviews of existing materials;
  • Collecting, organizing and analysing data;
  • Contributing to the production of documents, working papers and publications resulting from the above activities, including drafting notes and preparing technical annexes;
  • Participating in meetings and seminars;
  • Liaising and building networks with officials in national administrations, researchers, other international organizations and member country Delegations;
  • Contributing to the organization of events, communication, planning and evaluation.

Internship Requirements

Internships are opened to students who:

  • Are enrolled in a full-time degree programme for the duration of the internship in a field or discipline related to the work of the OECD;
  • Are available for a minimum internship duration of one month;
  • Have an excellent command of one of the two official languages of the OECD (English and French) and working knowledge of, or willingness to learn the other. Knowledge of other languages used at the OECD would be an advantage;
  • Possess solid quantitative and IT skills;
  • Demonstrate excellent drafting and communication skills;
  • Are capable of working in multicultural and international team environment.

Internship Duration and Reward

  • The OECD encourages potential interns to stay for six months in order to gain the best possible insight into work at the OECD.
  • A contribution to living expenses of around 700 euros per full month worked will be granted to interns by the OECD.

Area of Research

Successful candidates will carry out research and provide support to Policy Analysts in one of the following areas (please note that the list is non-exhaustive):

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bribery and corruption
  • Climate
  • Competition
  • Corporate Governance
  • Development
  • Digitalisation
  • Economy
  • Education and Skills
  • Employment
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Finance
  • Gender and Diversity
  • Health
  • Inclusive Growth
  • Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Insurance and Pensions
  • International Migration
  • Investment
  • Public Governance
  • Regional Development
  • Regulatory Reform
  • Science and Technology
  • Statistics
  • Tax
  • Tourism
  • Trade and Agriculture
  • Transport


For internships in the corporate functions, successful candidates will be involved in one of the following areas:

  • Audit
  • Communications, Media & Public Relations
  • Event Management
  • Finance, Budget and Accounting
  • Information Technology
  • Legal services
  • Office Administration
  • Human Resources
  • Translation


For more information on OECD departments and bodies please visit this page.


Examples of work entrusted to interns include:

  • Participating in the preparation of studies and documents;
  • Carrying out research and reviews of existing materials;
  • Collecting, organising and analysing data;
  • Contributing to the production of documents, working papers and publications resulting from the above activities, including drafting notes and preparing technical annexes;
  • Participating in meetings and seminars;
  • Liaising and building networks with officials in national administrations, researchers, other international organisations and member country Delegations;
  • Contributing to the organisation of events, communication, planning and evaluation. 

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