The Young Associates Programme (YAP) is a a new two-year programme targeted at recent undergraduates. It is designed to act as a springboard to postgraduate studies at top international universities.

Applications for the 2018-2020 round will open on Monday 16 October and close at 23.59 Paris time on Sunday 10 December.

Please read through the sections below to find out more about the Programme. 

What is the Young Associate Programme?

The Young Associates Programme (YAP) is an exciting opportunity for young 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?

To be eligible, you must:

  • hold an undergraduate degree but not a Master’s degree or PhD by the time you join the OECD

  • hold OECD Member country nationality

  • have a strong academic background and the ability to work constructively in a team

  • be fluent in English or French


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 does it mean if I am selected?


  • As a Young Associate your duty station will be Paris, France. YAs selected for the 2018-2020 round will take up duty by Monday 10 September 2018. 

  • 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. But 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?

We offer:

  • a monthly salary of approximately 3,300 EUR, exempt from French income tax
  • an installation allowance (equivalent to one month’s salary for single candidates)
  • the reimbursement of removal expenses and airline tickets to Paris
  • a leaving allowance of approximately 16,000 EUR based on 24-month assignment


What are the steps in the selection process?

Which departments will host Young Associates?

The following departments will host a Young Associate:

  • Tax Data and Statistical Analysis [CTP/TPS]
  • Trade and Agriculture Director’s Office [TAD/DO]
  • International Transport Forum Communications Unit [ITF]
  • Statistics and Development Finance [DCD/SDF]
  • Office of the Secretary-General [OSG]
  • Directorate for Financial Enterprise Affairs - Responsible Business Conduct [DAF/INV]


Find out more about the Young Associate Programme (YAP) by reading through the following sections.

To apply, visit our careers website.

Frequently asked questions

I am currently enrolled in a Master’s degree. Is the YAP the right programme for me?


No. The target audience for the YAP is final-year undergraduate students. 

The country in which I am studying does not have a clear distinction between Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. Can I still apply?


Yes. However, you must be able to demonstrate clear motivation to pursue postgraduate studies.

I have been working or interning since obtaining my undergraduate degree. Can I still apply?


Yes, as long as you obtained your Bachelor’s degree no more than 18 months prior to the date you would take up duty (10 September 2018) you may still apply. 

What is the difference between the Young Associates Programme (YAP) and the Young Professionals Programme (YPP)?


The YAP is targeted at undergraduates and aims to prepare candidates for future postgraduate studies. The YPP is aimed at a different demographic as it normally requires a Master’s degree plus two years of experience, or a PhD.

Can I apply for the YPP while I am a YAP?


No. If you are eligible for selection as a Young Associate you will not meet the education and professional experience criteria to be a Young Professional. But you can certainly apply in a few years once you have met those criteria. 

How many applications do you receive for the YAP?


In 2017 six candidates were selected from over 1,000 applicants. 

My university does not use the Grade Point Average (GPA) system. How should I calculate my GPA?


Please browse the equivalency table which will allow you to align your result with the GPA system. 

Do not worry if you feel that the result is not an accurate comparison: you can upload your transcript of records for the last available year at the final stage of the online application process. We will take this into account. 

Do I need to have the physical copy of my Bachelor’s degree before applying?


No. As long as you are able to take up duty at the OECD in Paris in early September 2018, with reasonable expectation of meeting the target GPA in your final exams, you may still apply.

Are some undergraduate degrees preferred more than others?


No. However, we expect that the majority of applicants to the YAP will have studied or majored in economics, public policy, international relations, political science, development studies, law, environment studies, business and engineering.

Do I need to provide language certificates or test scores to prove my level of English or French?