Internship Start Date: Monday, August 23, 2021
Internship End Date: Mid-December 2021, with the possibility of extension
Open Until: Position is filled. Interviews will be held in June 2021.
Duty Station: OECD Washington Center (Washington, D.C, United States)
IMPORTANT NOTE: This internship will be offered virtually due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is a unique intergovernmental organization founded by the United States, Canada, and European countries to bring like-minded market democracies together to build better policies for better lives. Our goal is to shape policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity and well-being for all. We draw on almost 60 years of experience and insights to better prepare the world of tomorrow.
Together with governments, policy makers and citizens, the OECD works on establishing international norms and finding evidence-based solutions to a range of social, economic and environmental challenges. From improving economic performance and creating jobs to fostering strong education and fighting international tax evasion, we provide a knowledge hub for data and analysis, exchange of experiences, best-practice sharing, and advice on public policies and global standard-setting.
As part of the Organization’s Directorate for Public Affairs and Communications, the OECD Washington Center leads the Organization’s external relations in the United States and Canada, where our Interns play a pivotal role in our daily mission to increase the impact and influence of the Organization’s work.
Our Internship Program is designed to bring highly qualified and motivated students with diverse backgrounds into the Organization and provide a valuable learning experience that integrates students’ knowledge with professional skills development in a fast-paced international environment with support and guidance from experienced professionals.
We are currently recruiting candidates for the position of External Relations and Communications Intern to help the OECD connect and engage with stakeholders, policy makers, and media seeking data, analyses and other information on a broad range of economic policy issues. Competitive candidates will possess a native level of English. In addition, a working proficiency in French and/or Spanish is highly desirable.
- Draft content on a daily basis for email newsletters, press releases, social media, as well as other communications products designed to inform and engage our target audiences. This may include interpreting technical reports and databases to create eye-catching graphics, videos, and data visualizations.
- Develop country and language-specific communication strategies for key projects such as our Youth Campaign, regular publication launches, and official visits of the Secretary-General.
- Consult and update our contact and activity database, track metrics, and draft impact analyses related to our activities, including events and outreach, media coverage, social media engagement, etc.
- Produce daily news summary for HQ by gathering relevant news articles, editorials, opinion pieces and mentions of the OECD in U.S. and Canadian media.
- Help organize (virtual) public events, including helping to define topics, source speakers, handling guest lists and invitations, room set-up, catering and other logistics.
- Participate in —and report on—meetings, public presentations and Congressional hearings related to OECD priorities. Prepare memos, briefing packages and biographies ahead of OECD meetings as necessary.
- Receive and draft responses to external queries from government, media and the general public seeking information. Conduct desk research on specific policy areas as necessary.
- 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.
- To be considered, applicants must be enrolled in a Bachelor/Master/PhD program for the duration of the internship.
- While qualified full-time candidates will be given preference, candidates requesting part-time schedules will be given full consideration.
- Broad intellectual appetite and aptitude for communications.
- Familiarity with a wide range of current policy debates (tax reform, education, inequality, etc.) in the United States and/or Canada.
- Experience writing social media content and identifying influencers is a plus.
- Comfortable interpreting statistical data, graphs, charts.
- Able stay organized in a fast-paced setting, regularly monitoring and responding to email and instant messages, prioritizing tasks and working to tight deadlines.
- International experience through studies, internships or professional activities are an asset.
- Experience with applications such as Adobe Spark, Canva, InDesign, Illustrator, Final Cut, After Effects, Tableau is highly desirable.
- This is a public-facing communications role requiring native-level fluency in English. In addition, a working proficiency in French and/or Spanish is highly desirable.
- For this role, the following competencies would be particularly important: Drafting Skills, Analytical thinking, Flexible thinking, Teamwork and Client focus. Please refer to OECD competency framework: https://www.oecd.org/careers/competency_framework_en.pdf
The duration of the internship can be for a period of between three and six months (renewable for another six months up to a total of twelve months), on a full-time basis. Please indicate your availability clearly in your application form.
What we offer
- An inclusive and flexible workplace enabling you to balance class schedules and other responsibilities.
- Contribution to living expenses of approx. USD $818 per month (contribution is pro-rated for part-time interns)
- Networking and learning opportunities.
- Guidance and formal feedback from your supervisor at regular intervals.
- Hands-on public affairs experience 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.
See profiles of past interns and learn more about internships at the Washington Center: https://www.oecd.org/washington/careers/
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a communications/public affairs internship. If you are interested in a research/policy analysis internship please visit http://oe.cd/264 to see opportunities at our headquarters in Paris, France.