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The World Bank (WB) is inviting applications from full-time university students, currently in their Masters or PhD programs, from World Bank member countries for the 2020 Summer Internship Program, which will take place from May to September 2020.

The WB Internship Program typically seeks candidates for: Operations (Front Line) in the following fields: economics, finance, human development (public health, education, nutrition, population), social sciences (anthropology, sociology), agriculture, environment, engineering, urban planning, natural resources management, private sector development, and other related fields; or Corporate support (Accounting, Communications, Human Resources Management, Information Technology, Treasury, and other corporate services). The bank typically hires 150-200 interns per year.

Some interns research particular projects while others actually help design projects and occasionally they participate in Bank missions. Most Intern positions are based in Washington, DC with a few others in the country offices. Usually, internships are for a minimum of 4 weeks.


The Bank pays an hourly salary to all Interns based on actual hours worked and, where applicable, provides an allowance towards travel expenses up to US$3000. Interns are responsible for their own living accommodation. The only variation in salary among interns is that U.S. nationals are paid a gross salary for tax reasons and foreign nationals are paid a net salary.


The Internship is open to citizens of any country which is a member of the World Bank Group (see Official Website for member countries). Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree and are enrolled in a full-time graduate study program (pursuing a Masters degree or PhD). They must be returning to school in the Fall for the Summer Internship and returning to school in the Spring in the case of the Winter Internship with plans to return to school in a full-time capacity). There is no age limit.

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of languages such as French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Portuguese, and Chinese is advantageous, as are skills like computing skills. Applicants studying in the follow fields of study are most in demand: economics, finance, human development (public health, education, nutrition, population), social sciences (anthropology, sociology), agriculture, environment, and private sector development.

Women are particularly encouraged to apply. The World Bank values diversity in the workplace, and people with diverse professional and academic backgrounds are urged to apply. The aim is to attract and recruit the best talent in the world.


The World Bank Internship is offered twice a year: Summer (May to September) and Winter (November to March). The application period for Summer 2020 is 1 December 2019 to 31 January 2020 whilst the application period for Winter 2020 is 1 October to 31 October 2020. All applications must be submitted online.

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