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Internships Frequently Asked Questions


  1. The World Bank Internship Program (WBIP) was created in the early 1970s. The purpose of the Internship is to provide graduate students with a chance to gain exposure to the work of the World Bank Group in the hopes that some will be interested in returning to the Bank for a career after completing their studies.                    

  2. The advantage for the Bank in offering these opportunities to students is that we get temporary assistance from students who are typically very knowledgeable in particular fields. They bring a diversity of ideas from universities around the world.

  3. The job descriptions for interns vary. Some interns research particular projects while others actually help design projects and occasionally they participate in Bank missions.

  4. We typically receive about 7,000 to 8,000 applications each year. The number of interns hired for a given year are approximately 150-200, depending on the needs of Bank managers and their budget circumstances. Managers are usually asked to submit their summer vacancy information to our office by end-March.

  5. Applicants must be full-time students, currently in their master’s or PhD programs and must be returning to school in the Fall. All applications are screened by HR professionals and the most relevant profiles are shared with our business teams who are looking for interns for the upcoming summer.

  6. There are no set quotas for the BIP. Interns can be selected from any country which is a member of the World Bank Group, so the composition of nationalities and gender varies from year to year.

  7. The most common fields of study are: economics, finance, human development (public health, education, nutrition, population), social sciences (anthropology, sociology), agriculture, environment, private sector development and digital development.

  8. Interns are paid on an hourly basis for the actual hours worked -- they are not paid for weekends or public holidays unless they actually work on those days. The salary is determined by a market comparison based on education and work experience and may change from year to year based on current market rates. The only variation in salary among interns is that U.S. nationals are paid a gross salary for tax reasons and non-US nationals are paid a net salary. Interns are responsible for their housing and subsistence from their salaries.    

  9. Given the busy work schedules of managers, the deadline for their selection is end-April.

  10. We do not send out any notice if you have not been selected. Unfortunately, given the high number of applications we receive, we are only able to acknowledge receipt of your application. After you complete your application, you will receive a confirmation message.

  11. Please do not contact us for updates on your application. We will contact candidates immediately after we complete the selection process.