What is the Young Associates Programme?
The Young Associates Programme (YAP) is an exciting opportunity for undergraduates to gain professional experience at the cutting edge of public policy development and analysis. Targeted at undergraduates who do not already hold a Master’s degree or PhD, the YAP is a 24-month Programme designed to expose young talent to a variety of research and analytical work on hot-topic policy areas.
The purpose of the Programme is to prepare outstanding undergraduates for postgraduate studies. As such, successful candidates will display clear motivation to use their experience at the OECD to pursue a Master’s degree or PhD following completion of the Programme.
A key aspect of the YAP is that YAs are assigned a mentor who works closely with them as their manager. YA mentors are selected on the basis of their professional experience, policy expertise, and ability to work with, challenge, and develop young talent.
Are you an ideal candidate for this Programme?
In addition, it would be an asset if you also have prior:
course work in OECD-related subjects
(e.g. economics, statistics, public policy, etc.)
work experience in an OECD-related field
(e.g. research projects)
What happens after I am selected?
As a Young Associate your duty station will be Paris, France. YAs selected for the 2019-2021 round will take up duty by the end of September 2019.
You will work closely with a senior manager in tackling some of the most challenging social and economic issues of today. You can expect your day-to-day work to involve background research, drafting, liaising with partners internally and externally and helping organise events ranging from policy forums to Ministerial conferences. Above all, the focus of your work Programme will be on developing the professional competences and research expertise to be able to succeed in highly-competitive applications for graduate school.
What are the salary and benefits?
What are the steps in the selection process?
Applications for the YAP close in December 2018.
Applications will be screened in December and shortlisted candidates will be contacted about the next steps by early January.
Candidates successful at the written test stage in January will be invited for interviews in January and February, with the final selection made by the end of February.
Candidates will take up duty in September 2019.
Which departments will host Young Associates?
The following Departments will host a Young Associate for the 2019-2021 round. Candidates can apply for more than one position, however each position requires a distinctive profile so we advise interested candidates to apply to a maximum of two or three positions.
Young Associate positions 2019-2021:
Centre for Tax Policy and Administration - Country Tax Policy Team
Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs - Director's Office
Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation - Digital security (cybersecurity) policy analysis
Environment Directorate - The Environment and the Economy Integration Division
International Energy Agency - The Energy Modelling Office