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 two dimensions: i) providing capacity building for people, places and institutions on issues related to local development; ii) developing a policy lab on issues related to spatial productivity (Spatial Productivity Lab). 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, however they also assist in wider Trento Centre activities, such as conference and seminar preparation. In this framework, the candidates will:
Contribute to the analytical work of the OECD Trento Centre (data collection and analysis, background papers, studies, policy reviews) on regional and local economic development, spatial productivity, employment, skills, and culture-led development.
Provide support in project management.
Assist in the organisation of events.
The OECD Venice Office
The objective of the OECD Venice Office is to produce evidence and advice on ways to maximise the impact of culture and creative industries as levers for growth, job creation and social inclusion at the local level. The work focuses on data gathering and analysis of national and sub-national policies, as well as governance and investments frameworks, to support culture and creative sectors. The Office is currently organising a major international conference on culture and local development to be held on 6-7 December 2018. Interns will have the opportunity to be actively involved in a wide-range of activities spanning from analysis to conference and seminar preparation. In this framework, the candidates will:
Contribute to the analytical work of the OECD LEED Venice Office (background papers, studies, policy reviews) on culture-led local economic development.
Assist in the organisation of events.
Contribute to expand the work undertaken by the OECD LEED Venice Office on the role of culture as driver of local growth and related policies and instruments.
Contribute to activities related to communication and dissemination of information on OECD Venice Office activities through web, social media and presentations.
Support the research activities of the Spatial Productivity Lab (SPL) at the OECD Trento Centre. The work of the SPL focuses on mechanisms that support the catching up of regions and cities that are lagging behind the (national or global) productivity frontier. It assesses to what extend national productivity can be raised through national, regional and local policy measures. The project has a strong empirical focus and the intern will support a team tasked with identifying relevant data sources, the collection of data and the creation of novel indicators to capture and analyse regional differences in potential drivers of productivity. Support the organisation of the European Regional Science Association (ESRA) Winter School on Spatial Productivity in collaboration with the OECD Trento Centre, which will be held in January 2019 at OECD Trento Centre in Italy. This will include related substantive, organisational and logistical tasks. The ideal candidate to work at the SPL is a PhD student with a strong quantitative background. Experience in collecting novel data and/or creating indicators is an asset. Analytical thinking and teamwork competencies are particularly relevant for this position.
Support the drafting of a Policy Note on the future perspectives of European transnational territorial cooperation programmes in EU macroregional contexts. A specific focus will be devoted to the case study of the Adriatic-Ionian cooperation space and the corresponding European Strategy for Adriatic-Ionian Region (aka EUSAIR). This will include drafting and reviewing technical papers, organising meetings and events.
REF. INNER AREAS (Trento)
Support the drafting of the local integrated development strategy for Val di Sole (Trentino, Italy) and the organisation of the related working meetings, as part of the project on local integrated development in remote rural areas (inner areas) within the Italian national strategy implementation. Likewise support the systematization of projects on integrated local development the Trento Centre is undertaking in Italy and at international level.This will include local development strategy document drafting, analysis of socio-economic data and organisational tasks.
REF. CONFERENCE VENICE 2018 (Venice)
Contribute to the organisation of the International Conference on “Unleashing the transformative power of culture and creativity for local development”, which will be held in Venice on 6-7 December 2018. This will include related substantive, organisational and logistical tasks.
We are looking for
Bright, talented people, who have experience (through study, work, etc.) in the areas in which we work.
People who can commit to spending at least three months at the Trento Centre and/or at the Venice Office.
Only people who are students (preferably postgraduate) throughout the entire period of the internship can be considered.
Language and additional information
The language used at the Trento Centre is English. For this call a good knowledge of Italian will be an advantage.
Interns at the OECD do not receive a salary. However, the OECD grants a contribution to living expenses of 670 euros per full month worked. The successful applicants are expected to make their own arrangements for travel to Trento/Venice.Please note that only in exceptional circumstances can applicants from non-OECD member countries (outside of our target countries in Central, East and South-East Europe) be considered.
To apply, please fill in this online application form (it is also required to upload your CV in DOC, DOCX or PDF format).
The deadline for receipt of applications is Sunday, 19th August 2018 at 23.59 (Italian time).
It is anticipated that interns selected will commence in October 2018.
If you have any questions, please contact cfetrento [at] oecd.org.