Summer 2023 Policy Communications Internship, OECD Washington Center

Target Start Date: May 2023
Internship Duration: 3-6 months, renewable up to a maximum of 12 months.

Schedule: Full time, Monday-Friday.  Hybrid, requiring some days in the office.

Open Until: Position is filled. Interviews will be held in March/April 2023.

Duty Station: OECD Washington Center (Washington, D.C, United States).
Important Note: To be considered, applicants must be citizens of OECD member countries enrolled in a Bachelor, Master or PhD program for the entire duration of the internship.   A contribution to living expenses of around $870 per month will be granted to interns by the OECD.

About the OECD
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is intergovernmental organization with 38 member countries working together to promote economic growth, prosperity, well-being and sustainable development. The United States and Canada are founding members of the OECD.

The OECD provides a unique forum and knowledge hub for data and analysis, exchange of experiences, best-practice sharing, and advice on public policies that affect the economic and social well-being of individuals, from improving economic performance and creating jobs, to fostering strong education and fighting international tax evasion. The OECD helps both members and non-member countries reap the benefits and confront the challenges of a global economy.

As liaison office to the United States and Canada, the main goal of our 5-person office is to strengthen the effectiveness and impact of the OECD’s work regionally by facilitating a better understanding of the OECD’s work, promoting the use of its key deliverables by policy makers, and increasing support for the Organization’s mission and values. Our Interns play a pivotal role in our daily efforts to increase the impact of our campaigns across the OECD’s key priorities.

What you’ll do 
Our Internship Program is designed to bring highly motivated students with diverse backgrounds into the Organization and provide a valuable and practical learning experience that integrates students’ knowledge gained in the classroom with professionals skills developed in a real-world public affairs and communications environment, under the supervision and guidance of experienced professionals.

Interns typically:

  • Curate and draft content on a daily basis for email newsletters, press releases, social media, as well as other digital communications products designed to inform and engage our target audiences. This may include creating eye-catching graphics, videos, or data visualizations.
  • Gather and synthesize top news stories in U.S. and Canada for the OECD’s global news update distributed to senior OECD leadership and member country embassies.
  • Help organize public events (virtual and in-person), including helping to define topics, sourcing speakers, drafting and sending invitations, producing social media content, etc.
  • Participate in—and report on—meetings, public presentations and Congressional hearings related to OECD priorities. Prepare impact analyses on activities; draft memos, briefing packages and biographies ahead of OECD meetings, as necessary.
  • Receive and draft responses to external queries from government, media, civil society, and the public seeking data or information on OECD’s work. Conduct desk research on specific policy areas, as necessary.
  • Help develop country and language-specific communication strategies (including social media plans) for key report launches, projects, and official visits of the Secretary-General.
  • In addition, Interns can expect to be involved in special projects with Washington and Paris-based colleagues. Recent trainees have assisted with the visits of the OECD Secretary-General and other senior OECD officials.

Academic Profile , Skills / Key Competencies

  • Analytical thinking
  • Managing Resources
  • Flexible thinking
  • Drafting Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Strategic Thinking
  •  must be enrolled in a Bachelor/Master/PhD program for the duration of the internship.

What we offer 

  • As an international organization, we offer you a dynamic and stimulating environment where you will work alongside highly-skilled colleagues in different time-zones who have diverse professional and personal backgrounds, and who are innovative and willing to embrace challenges.
  • We are committed to providing a diverse work environment that is inclusive, safe, supportive, and respectful, where all individuals are valued and may realize their full potential. We hire globally and accept applications from candidates who are nationals of OECD Member Countries. As an equal opportunity employer, you will receive consideration for employment, irrespective of racial or ethnic origin, opinions or beliefs, gender identity, sexual orientation, health, or disabilities.
  • Guidance and formal feedback from your supervisor at regular intervals.
  • Hands-on public affairs experience and learning opportunities in a leading international organization.
  • Our office is located at the OECD Washington Center in downtown Washington (Metro: Farragut West). The OECD Washington Center observes U.S. Federal Holidays.

Learn more and apply here.

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