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Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Summer 2021)

The OECD Internship Programme is designed to bring highly qualified and motivated students with diverse backgrounds into the Organisation to work on projects linked to the Strategic Orientations of the Secretary-General and to support the corporate functions of the Organisation. Its main goal is to give successful candidates the opportunity to improve their analytical and technical skills in an international environment.

Retained candidates will carry out research and provide statistical and technical support for analytical work, under the direction of an OECD official.

To limit the risk associated with traveling and to allow students from different parts of the world to benefit from this unique learning experience, the OECD has decided that internships will be carried out remotely. Accordingly, in the context of the current situation regarding Covid-19, teleworking arrangements will apply to all interns until further notice.

This summer, the OECD is recruiting McGill students for a general internship position and for a legal internship position.

The Internship Programme:

  • Remote internship with the OECD
  • 12 weeks internship from May 10, 2021 to July 30, 2021
  • Full-time internship (40 hours per week)
  • The OECD allocates a stipend of €738 per month to each intern.
  • In addition, successful candidates will receive an award issued by the McGill Internship Offices Network, valued at $2,500CDN


  • Must be a McGill full-time undergraduate or graduate (Master level) student, returning to their current registered faculty in fall 2021.
  • Must have an excellent command of one of the two official languages of the OECD (English and French) and working knowledge of, or willingness to learn the other. Knowledge of other languages would be an asset.


The host organization is currently recruiting McGill interns for two different positions for summer 2021.

1. Download the internship posting appropriate to your position of interest: 

Make sure to review these postings carefully as they include different requirements.

For the General internship position, review the OECD website, select three directorates of interest, and specify these in your cover letter. Your academic interests and professional experience should complement these choices.

Please note: If you are applying to a second degree at McGill and waiting for a response, you must hold a confirmation of acceptance by the application deadline and include it with your application material.


February 15, 2021, 12PM (noon) EST - Late applications will not be accepted.


Please do not email to inquire about the status of your application. Shortlisted candidates will be required to provide a full commitment to the internship selection process by the OECD (potentially lasting up to two months) and waive any other internship opportunity at this time.

A formal acceptance of an ION internship is a final decision, and under no circumstances (unless health or family-related) can a student withdraw from the internship after accepting. The consequence of this would be refusal of candidature for future ION internship opportunities. Please remember, revoking a spot in one of the organizations means also revoking it from another student who might have had the opportunity to take it.

Note: Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit their candidature in the OECD talent pool.

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