Internship at the OECD Trento Centre for Local Development

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Location (s):

  • Italy


Since 1982, the OECD Programme on Local Economic and Employment Development (LEED) offers best practice on how to create more and better quality jobs through effective policy implementation and local initiatives.


Our internship programme is designed to bring highly qualified and motivated students with strong analytical background and research interest in regional and local economic issues to the OECD Trento Centre. Its main goal is to give successful candidates the opportunity to improve their analytical and technical skills in an international environment.

The OECD Trento Centre

The OECD Trento Centre for Local Development is part of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE) of the OECD. The mission of the Trento Centre is to build capacities for local development in OECD member and non-member countries.

The Trento Centre’s work is structured around three dimensions: 

  • Spatial Productivity Lab - A policy lab on issues related to spatial productivity. The analytic work of the SPL has a strong empirical focus on the mechanisms that support the catching up of regions and cities lagging behind the (national or global) productivity frontier. The Lab assesses to what extent national productivity can be raised through national, regional and local policy measures and how to close inter-regional gaps in productivity performance. 
  • Policy  analysis and advice - The OECD Trento Centre supports national, regional and local governments in policy design and implementation through data analysis, the review of international practices and evidence-based recommendations.
  • Capacity Building - Providing capacity building for people, places and institutions on issues related to local development. The OECD Trento Centre analyses the impact of policies at the local level and develops training curricula by connecting with wider OECD work. 

Internship opportunities are available within all streams of work.

We are a small team, so interns have the opportunity to be actively involved in a wide range of activities. Interns usually work on a specific project and also assist with other Trento Centre activities, such as conference and seminar preparation.

Examples of work entrusted to interns include:

  • Participating in the preparation of studies and documents;
  • Carrying out research and reviews of existing materials;
  • Collecting, organising and analysing data;
  • Contributing to the production of documents, working papers and publications resulting from the above activities, including drafting notes and preparing technical annexes;
  • Participating in meetings and seminars;
  • Liaising and building networks with researchers and officials in national, regional or local administrations and other international organisations;
  • Contributing to the organisation of events, communication, planning and evaluation.

When can I apply for an internship?

We recruit interns on an on-going basis and applications are accepted throughout the year. You can apply anytime via our online application platform.

Your application will be considered for the round corresponding to the nearest of the four deadlines below:

  • 1 April 2021 
  • 1 June 2021
  • 1 October 2021

Shortly after each deadline, all applications in the system are evaluated. Applicants who are not selected are removed from the system and are not considered during the next rounds.

The internship is expected to start in one/two months after the application deadline but an alternative timing can be agreed upon in certain circumstances.

Are you interested?

You can submit your application anytime via the OECD online application platform.

We kindly ask you to upload into the OECD system a cover letter including the following information: 

  • Interest in the OECD Trento Centre internship, specifying for which areas you are applying (1. Spatial Productivity Lab, 2. Policy analysis and advice and/or 3. Capacity Building);
  • What you hope to gain from an internship at the OECD Trento Centre and the skills and knowledge that you would bring;
  • Econometric packages, evaluation techniques and econometric models, and/or qualitative research methodologies, if any, with which you are proficient.

After you finalise the online application and submit it, please inform by email the Trento internship managers and we will review your candidature.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Internships are open for students who:

  • Are enrolled in a full-time degree programme for the duration of the internship in a field or discipline related to the work of the OECD Trento Centre;
  • Are available for a minimum internship duration of three months (a four- to six-month duration is strongly preferred);
  • Have an excellent command of English (in some cases, knowledge of Italian may be required);
  • Possess solid analytical skills, including aptitude for quantitative or qualitative research;
  • Demonstrate excellent drafting and communication skills;
  • Are capable of working in multicultural and international team environment.


Deadline: October 01, 2021

Cost/funding for participants:

Contract duration and allowance 

The duration of the internship is for a period of three to six months (renewable for another six months up to a total of twelve months; a shorter duration can be agreed upon in exceptional circumstances and only if fits with the OECD Trento Centre schedule), on a full-time basis (40 hours/week).

A contribution to living expenses of 725 euros per full month worked is granted to interns.

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