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The OECD Young Associates Programme

The Young Associates Programme (YAP) is a two-year programme targeted at recent undergraduates who wish to gain a significant first professional experience in the world of multilateral policymaking, research and analysis. It is designed to act as a springboard for them to pursue postgraduate studies at top-ranked universities.

The following sections provide an overview of the Programme, including details on the eligibility criteria for candidates, salary and benefits package, and recruitment process.

The application period for the

2024-2026 Young Associates Programme has ended.


The selection process is currently ongoing.

- Programme overview

The YAP is an exciting opportunity that offers professional experience at the cutting edge of public policy development and analysis. The YAP is a 24-month programme designed to expose recent undergraduates to a variety of research and analytical work on major policy areas.

The purpose of the Programme is to prepare outstanding undergraduates for their future postgraduate studies. As such, successful candidates must clearly articulate how they are motivated to use their experience at the OECD to pursue a Master’s degree or PhD, after completing the Programme.

A key component of the Programme is mentorship. During the two-year work at the OECD, the Young Associates will be closely mentored by their managers. Managers are therefore selected based on their professional experience, policy expertise, and ability to collaborate with, challenge, and develop young talented individuals. 


- Eligibility

To be eligible for the YAP 2024-2026 round, candidates must:

  • Hold a Bachelor’s or equivalent degree with graduation date between 1 January 2023 and  1 September 2024 in the academic field related to the position(s) of interest (Applications from candidates who already hold or are enrolled in a Master’s, PhD, or equivalent degree are not considered);
  • Hold a nationality of an OECD Member country (Applications from candidates who are not OECD Member country nationals are not considered);
  • Demonstrate overall academic achievement with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale (Please see the GPA conversion tool); 
  • Show evidence of being able to work constructively in a team;
  • Have fluency in one of the two OECD official languages (English and French) and a commitment to reach a good working level of the other after joining the OECD;
  • Demonstrate the ability to contribute as a Young Associate in the area of work, as well as demonstrate motivation to pursue a graduate degree in a relevant field after completing the Programme.

In addition, it is an asset if candidates:

  • Have undertaken research, written reports or thesis related to the work area; 
  • Have extracurricular or work experience relevant to the position;
  • Demonstrate the required skills and competencies.


You can watch the Live Webinar to:

  • Learn about the application and selection process for the 2024-2026 round and obtain practical advice on each stage of the process;
  • Learn how to prepare a compelling CV and cover letter;
  • Hear from current Young Associates about their experience and useful tips;
  • Find out more from an interactive Q&A session.

For more information on the OECD Young Associates Programme, please read the section on frequently asked questions.


- Salary and benefits

We offer:

  • A monthly salary of approximately 3,700 EUR, exempt from French income tax (deductions are made for health insurance coverage and leaving allowance contribution); and
  • A leaving allowance (in lieu of a pension contribution) of approximately 23,000 EUR based on a 24-month assignment.

In addition, Young Associates may be eligible for the following allowances as established by the Staff Regulations:

  • A comprehensive medical insurance;
  • An expatriation allowance and home leave;
  • An installation allowance (equivalent to one month’s salary for single candidates);
  • The reimbursement of removal expenses and airline tickets to Paris and back to your home destination at the end of the Programme. 


- Selection process and timeline

Recruitment for the YAP 2024-2026 round:

  • 22 November 2023: YAP positions are posted and applications (CVs and cover letters) are accepted through the OECD Careers website. Candidates may apply to more than one relevant position.
  • 31 December 2023: Deadline for submission of applications at 23:59 CET.
  • First half of January 2024: Applications are screened, and retained candidates are contacted regarding the next steps.
  • January-March 2024: Candidates are assessed, which may take the form of an online aptitude test and video/phone interviews.
  • March 2024: Successful candidates in these assessments are invited for final interview and/or written assessment.
  • April 2024: Final selections are made and employment offers are sent to successful candidates. 
  • September 2024: Young Associates take up duty in Paris, France

Note: The recruitment timeline may be subject to change, in which case relevant candidates participating in the recruitment process will be duly notified.


- Starting in your position

Young Associates selected for the 2024-2026 round will take up duty in September 2024 and will be based in Paris, France.

As a Young Associate, you will work closely with a senior manager in tackling some of the most challenging social and economic issues of today. Your day-to-day work may involve background research, drafting, liaising with partners internally and externally, and assisting in the coordination of events ranging from policy forums to Ministerial conferences. Throughout the programme, the focus will be on developing the professional competences and research expertise to be able to succeed in highly competitive applications for postgraduate studies.


- Policy areas and work streams (hosting directorates/special bodies)

The following directorates and special bodies will host Young Associates in the 2024-2026 round:

No.Directorate/Special bodyWork area
1 Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE) Strengthening SME Access to Finance
2 Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs (DAF) Support for the OECD Working Group on Bribery
3 Economics Department (ECO) Front Office of the Chief Economist
4 Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELS) Measuring Health System Transformation into the Digital Age
5 Environment Directorate (ENV) Environmental and Climate Policies
6 Environment Directorate (ENV) Environmental Policy Data - Environment Performance and Information
7 Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Anti-Money Laundering & Combating Terrorist Financing
8 International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook
9 International Energy Agency (IEA) Clean Energy Investment - Critical Minerals
10 General Secretariat (SGE) Office of the Secretary-General

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The OECD is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes the applications of all qualified candidates who are nationals of OECD member countries, irrespective of their racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, health or disabilities. The OECD prohibits any form of discrimination, gender or otherwise, with regard to equal pay for equivalent work and professional development and promotion.

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