Internships and Recruitment


Washington Internships


The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is a unique forum where the governments of 34 market democracies work together to address the economic, social and governance challenges of the globalizing world economy, as well as to exploit its opportunities. The OECD Center in Washington D.C. aims to increase the impact and influence of the Organization in the international public policy debate by promoting the work of the OECD with targeted public affairs, media and publishing activities in the United States and Canada. We work on a daily basis with government agencies, business and labor groups, civil society, thought leaders, academia and the media to provide trusted analysis and information related to the range of the OECD's work. 


The OECD Washington Center offers on a regular basis two internships:

  • Public Affairs: Students with an interest and background in public affairs, communications, international relations, political science, and event planning. The Public Affairs Intern will primarily be involved in the Center’s public outreach efforts to both government and civil society. Intern assignments will include a mix of administrative tasks, note taking at public presentations/hearings and assisting the public affairs team with the organization and execution of Center’s Partnership and Breakfast Series events. The position also requires effective research, writing and computer skills as the public affairs intern will help respond promptly to internal and external research requests.

  • Communications & Media: The Communications and Media Intern is an integral part of a small and dynamic team leading the Center's outreach to media organizations, government public affairs offices, and social media audiences. Typical responsibilities include: assisting in the planning and execution of media campaigns; carrying out research in response to media queries; monitoring news to identify articles of interest to the Organization; drafting analyses of media coverage; updating social media accounts; attending meetings and conferences. Prior experience(s) in a communications environment through internships or academic activities is a strong advantage. The ideal candidate consumes news from a variety of national and international media sources and is active on Twitter/Facebook/LinkedIn.

Students should be comfortable with the basics of international affairs and/or economic policy, familiar with MS Excel™, and interested in the workings of a trans-national organization. Both positions require exceptional writing ability and excellent communication skills. Other tasks include responding to outside research requests, ad hoc administrative tasks, and database management.

Students with a background in economics, international affairs, political science, communications, or a related discipline are welcome to apply. Students must be a national of an OECD member country. French language skills are a plus, but not a requirement.

Although preference will be given to candidates who are available on a more full-time basis, flexible scheduling is sometimes possible. The OECD observes Federal Holidays. Compensation is not included, however, the OECD Washington Center will work with universities in order to provide credit for student internships when possible. We can assist students in locating suitable housing, although no remuneration is provided.

Applications must be complete in order to be considered. Please submit a brief writing sample (1-2 pages), a cover letter that details your interest in the OECD, and a resume (including GPA and your citizenship) via email to


No phone calls please! Only finalists will be contacted for a phone interview.


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and the deadlines are as follows:


Spring 2015 - November 14, 2015

Summer 2015 – April 17, 2015

Fall 2015 - July 17, 2014


OECD Job Recruitment


All recruitment for employment at the OECD is centrally managed by Human Resources at OECD headquarters in Paris, France. For more information on hiring procedures, salary scales and current vacancies, visit OECD Careers.