The OECD Young Professionals Programme is a 2-year program that works to help young professionals in the field of international development and global policy develop advanced skills and gain experience alongside senior colleagues and other experienced professionals. They work with over 60,000 senior national policy makers to research and analyze current policy issues and are involved in various technical and policy meetings. The research that the YPP participants conduct is used by the OECD to prepare policy documents, committee reports, intergovernmental discussions, and publications. Candidates are matched to their assignments based on academic background, professional experience, and personal preference. Participants receive mentoring and training both on the job and in developed training programs.
Eligibility for the program includes an advanced degree in a field relevant to the OECD’s work and at least 2 years of professional experience. They also must have quantitative and analytical skills, as well as knowledge of country policies and institutions. Spoken and written fluency in English or French and working knowledge or willingness to learn the other. Proficiency in any other language is also useful.