Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Outline of the organisation

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) was established in 1961 and its headquarters are located in Paris, France. The OECD has 35 member countries and its secretariat is made up of 2,500 staff. Official languages are English and French.

The OECD brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD does this by providing a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. It works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change; measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment; analyse and compare data to predict future trends; and set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

Positions available

The OECD has positions available for interns (students) and young professionals.

(1) Interns

The OECD offers internships of up to six months duration in either their Winter Programme (January to July) or their Summer Programme (July to December).

Interns have the opportunity to get involved in the following types of work:

  • Participating in study preparation and documents in the fields relevant to the competence of the Directorate concerned.
  • Undertaking documental research and analysis of existing work.
  • Gathering, organising and evaluating statistical information.
  • Establishing notes and participating in the drafting of reports.


Applicants must be:

  • full-time students;
  • enrolled in the field of economics or in another discipline related to the work of the OECD (social affairs, trade, agriculture, development, education, employment, environment, finance, fiscal affairs and statistics, amongst others);
  • able to speak English or French and can draft in one of these languages (a knowledge of the other language would definitely be an advantage, as would knowledge of other languages used at the OECD); and
  • capable of working in a team in a multicultural and international environment.

Application process

Intakes are advertised on the OECD website here.