What is the Young Associates Programme?
The Young Associates Programme (YAP) is an exciting opportunity for young undergraduates to gain professional experience at the cutting edge of public policy development and analysis. Targeted at undergraduates who do not already hold a Master’s degree or PhD, the YAP is a 24-month programme designed to expose young talent to a variety of research and analytical work on hot-topic policy areas.
The purpose of the programme is to prepare outstanding undergraduates for postgraduate studies. As such, successful candidates will display clear motivation to use their experience at the OECD to pursue a Master’s degree or PhD following completion of the programme.
A key aspect of the YAP is that YAs are assigned a mentor who works closely with them as their manager. YA mentors are selected on the basis of their professional experience, policy expertise, and ability to work with, challenge, and develop young talent.
Are you an ideal candidate for this Programme?
In addition, it would be an asset if you also have prior:
course work in OECD-related subjects
(e.g. economics, statistics, public policy, etc.)
work experience in an OECD-related field
(e.g. research projects)
What does it mean if I am selected?
As a Young Associate your duty station will be Paris, France. YAs selected for the 2018-2020 round will take up duty by Monday 10 September 2018.
You will work closely with a senior manager in tackling some of the most challenging social and economic issues of today. You can expect your day-to-day work to involve background research, drafting, liaising with partners internally and externally and helping organise events ranging from policy forums to Ministerial conferences. But above all, the focus of your work programme will be on developing the professional competences and research expertise to be able to succeed in highly-competitive applications for graduate school.
What are the salary and benefits?
What are the steps in the selection process?
Applications for the YAP close on Friday 8 December 2017.
Applications will be screened in December and shortlisted candidates will be contacted about the next steps by early January.
Candidates successful at the written test stage in January will be invited for interviews in January and February, with the final selection made by the end of February.
Candidates will take up duty in September 2018.
Which departments will host Young Associates?
Frequently asked questions
No. The target audience for the YAP is final-year undergraduate students.
Yes. However, you must be able to demonstrate clear motivation to pursue postgraduate studies.
Yes, as long as you obtained your Bachelor’s degree no more than 18 months prior to the date you would take up duty (10 September 2018) you may still apply.
The YAP is targeted at undergraduates and aims to prepare candidates for future postgraduate studies. The YPP is aimed at a different demographic as it normally requires a Master’s degree plus two years of experience, or a PhD.
No. If you are eligible for selection as a Young Associate you will not meet the education and professional experience criteria to be a Young Professional. But you can certainly apply in a few years once you have met those criteria.
Please browse the equivalency table which will allow you to align your result with the GPA system.
Do not worry if you feel that the result is not an accurate comparison: you can upload your transcript of records for the last available year at the final stage of the online application process. We will take this into account.
No. As long as you are able to take up duty at the OECD in Paris in early September 2018, with reasonable expectation of meeting the target GPA in your final exams, you may still apply.
No. However, we expect that the majority of applicants to the YAP will have studied or majored in economics, public policy, international relations, political science, development studies, law, environment studies, business and engineering.