Can I apply?

In order to be able to apply for an internship at the OECD candidates must:

  • Be 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 (see the List of departments and special bodies for further details).
  • Be proficient in English or French.


I do not have a citizenship of an OECD Member country. Can I still apply for an internship?

Yes, you can. Unlike most regular OECD positions, internships are open to applicants from non-OECD Member countries.


How do I apply?

Applications should be made through the OECD career website. Internship vacancies are published twice a year under the following links:

Vacancy will be announced starting from September to October

Vacancy will be announced starting from February to March


For which areas can I apply?

The OECD offers internships in many policy areas / Directorates, including:

  • Economics (Macroeconomics and Microeconomics)
  • Tax Policy and Administration
  • Development Co-Operation
  • Environment
  • Science, Technology and Industry
  • Financial and Enterprise Affairs
  • Employment, Labour and Social Affairs
  • Education
  • Statistics
  • Trade and Agriculture
  • Public Governance and Territorial Development
  • Budget and Finance
  • Communications, Media & Public Relations
  • Information Technology
  • Human Resources


See the List of departments and special bodies for further detail.


Can I send my CV directly to the OECD?

All applications should be submitted online to the open internship vacancies published on the OECD career website. 


What is the official language of the OECD? In which language do I need to apply?

The official languages of the OECD are English and French. You can fill in the application form in any of the two languages. 

Selection process

What are the main steps of the selection process?

The selection process consists of four main stages:


  1. 1.      Your online application

You apply online with your CV and cover letter.

  1. 2.      Screening of the applications

All applications are screened and suitable candidates placed on a shortlist made available to OECD Directorates.

  1. 3.      Interview and/or Written Test

Directorates may invite candidates to complete a telephone interview and/or written test.

  1. 4.      Offer letter

If you are selected following a telephone interview and/or written test you will receive an e-mail with your offer letter from OECD Human Resources.


What should I focus on in my cover letter?

You should present your academic background and any work experience you have had. Please link this to the work of the OECD and also tell us how you would benefit from interning with us. It would be helpful to demonstrate your capacity to work in a team in a multicultural and international context.


What is the interview about and how can I prepare for it?

In general you will be asked about your motivation to work at the OECD as well as your knowledge of the Organisation and the work of the Directorate you have applied for. In some cases, your English/French skills will be assessed as well.


What are the topics of the written test?

Not all Directorates require a written test. Directorates will provide more information about the written test in a timely manner before the test takes place.


When will I hear about the status of my application?

After your application has been successfully submitted to the system you will receive a confirmation via e-mail. We aim to let all candidates know whether they have been shortlisted several weeks after the closing date of the application. 


When I submit my application, is the information in my application kept confidential?

We keep all applications confidential and do not use them for any other purporses apart from selecting interns.

The OECD Internship

If I am accepted what kind of work will I be doing?

Your work will depend on the needs of your Directorate. However, interns can expect to be involved in the following tasks:


  • Help prepare publications, documents, studies
  • Background research and editing
  • Gather and synthesis inputs from various in-house and external sources
  • Draft a variety of written content
  • Assist with event management and social media


How long is the internship?

Internships at the OECD usually last between one and six months full-time (40h per week).


Please make sure to clearly state your availability on your cover letter and application form.


Are interns paid?

Interns at the OECD do not receive a salary. However, the OECD grants a contribution to living expenses of 702 euros per full month worked.


What are the usual working hours for interns at the OECD?

The internship requires you to be in the office 40h per week. Exceptionally, your manager may authorise you to work part-time.


When do I start at the OECD if I am selected?

Applicants are asked to state their availability in their online application. Once selected, interns discuss their starting date with their manager.


In order to facilitate this, please make sure to  state your availability clearly in the online application form.


How many interns does the OECD accept?

We accept about 450 interns a year.


Can I do an internship at any OECD location?

The vast majority of internships are available in Paris, France. Occasionally the OECD  Centres may recruit interns for communication / event management roles.


Will I be hired by the OECD after my internship?

The OECD cannot guarantee that you will be hired for another position.


Can I volunteer for the OECD?

No, the OECD does not offer any volunteering opportunities.

Taking up duty

What documents do I need to provide?

Prior to taking up duty you will have to provide:

  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of your Visa / working permit (if applicable)
  • Proof of full-time enrolment at an academic institution

(your university will also have to sign the internship contract)

  • Proof of medical insurance
  • French bank account details (this can be provided once you take up duty at the OECD)


Are interns insured?

The OECD does not insure interns. Interns will have to provide proof of medical insurance before they take up duty.


Can the OECD help me with my Visa?

 Yes. If selected for an internship, OECD staff will assist you to obtain a Visa.


Does the OECD provide accommodation for non-local interns?

The OECD does not provide accommodation to interns. However, we do provide  information on how to find housing in France.


Does the OECD provide travel costs to and from Paris for interns?

No, the OECD does not provide or reimburse travel costs.