Directorate for Public Governance

Internship Opportunity in the OECD PGR Unit


The Public Governance Reviews (PGR) Unit in the OECD Directorate for Public Governance is looking for one or more talented students to join our team for a six-month internship experience*.

The OECD Internship Programme is designed to bring highly qualified and motivated students with diverse backgrounds into the Organisation and provide successful candidates with the opportunity to improve their analytical and technical skills in an international environment.

The selected intern(s) will join a dynamic multi-national team and participate in ongoing country projects focused on supporting better public sector effectiveness as well as decision-making at the centre of governmentTopics include public sector effectiveness, strategic priority-setting and planning, policy coordination, quality guidance and control, machinery of government, and public administration reform.

For these projects, tasks will vary but often involve:

  • Participating in the preparation of OECD policy papers and reports highlighting government reforms
  • Carrying out research and reviews of existing materials
  • Collecting, organising and analysing data
  • Assisting in the design of, and participating in, meetings and workshops
  • Liaising and building networks with high-level officials in national administrations and researchers from OECD member and partner countries
  • Communications, stakeholder engagement, community management and event planning

‌‌Pay and benefits

  • Full-time OECD interns are paid a contribution to living expenses of around 700 euros per month.

  • Full-time interns earn 2.5 days of leave per month.

‌‌Requirements for candidates

  • Must be enrolled in a full-time degree programme (in a related field or discipline) for the entire duration of the internship.

  • Internships are primarily allocated to OECD member country nationals.
  • We are flexible with start dates, but will give preference to candidates being able to commit full-time (40 hours per week) for a period of 6-months.

  • Must be fluent in at least one of the OECD’s official languages (English or French). Knowledge of other languages is an asset.

  • Candidates need to demonstrate excellent drafting and communication skills and be capable of working in a multicultural and international team environment.
  • If selected, the candidate must be able to obtain a Memorandum of Agreement between their school and the OECD, which governs the terms of the internship, and must provide proof of medical insurance before taking up the internship.

‌‌How to apply

  1. Submit your application to the OECD centralised internship portal before 31 March 2022 (note: even though the portal indicates another deadline, only candidates that have applied before 31 March 2022 will be considered for the internship).

  2. E-mail us at to let us know that you have applied before 31 March 2022. Please also:

    a)  State your optimal start and end date.

    b)  Indicate whether you would be able to commit part-time or full-time.

    c)  Confirm your enrolment in a full-time degree programme (Bachelor, Master, PhD) for the full duration of the internship.

    d) Submit your CV and a cover letter outlining your motivation and area(s) of specific interest.

  3. Prior to an interview, all shortlisted candidates will be invited to a written test.


(*) Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, selected interns are on-boarded both remotely and in a hybrid form until further notice.



If you have any questions, you can reach us at

For more information, please also consult the OECD’s internship website






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