Programs and Internships


    The World Bank Group's recruitment policy is to hire staff of the highest caliber, on as wide a geographical basis as possible, with preference to nationals of WBG member countries or countries of operations.

    The World Bank Group offers unique programs that provide learning, staffing, and capacity-building opportunities for junior and mid-career professionals to experience first-hand what working at the WBG is like.

    • African and African Diaspora for Infrastructure is a fellowship program dedicated to African and African Diaspora candidates. The program aims to welcomes outstanding candidates who are citizens of Sub-Saharan African countries or those who hold the citizenship of other countries but trace their ancestry to Sub-Saharan Africa, such as African-Americans, Afro-Latin-Americans, Afro-Caribbean, and others
    • World Bank Group Africa Fellowship Program: The Africa regions of the World Bank Group (WBG) announce the opening of the application period for the 2023 WBG Africa Fellowship Program for Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D. graduates who are Sub-Saharan Africa nationals. Women are encouraged to apply. Through the fellowship, we aim to build the capacity of the next generation of African change makers in development research, policymaking and promote the goals of reducing poverty in the region. Deadline for applications is August 25, 2022.
    • The MNA Fellows Program will recruit nationals from MNA countries for immediate or future placement opportunities at the WBG headquarters in Washington, or in any of our country offices
    • Japan recruitment program The World Bank Group (WBG) is launching a recruitment mission for Japanese nationals. A career with the World Bank Group offers a unique opportunity for exceptionally talented individuals with a passion for international development to contribute solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. Application Closed. Please click here for more information.
    • EAP The EAP Inclusive Fellowship Program is designed to introduce a diverse and inclusive group of qualified professionals to the World Bank by offering hands-on opportunities to contribute to development work in the EAP region.
    • The Junior Professional Associate (JPA) program is a unique opportunity to gain entry-level professional experience and first-hand exposure to the challenges – and rewards – of international development.
    • LCR Inclusive Internship Program The LCR Inclusive Internship Program is designed to introduce a diverse and inclusive group of qualified graduate students to the World Bank (WB) by offering hands-on opportunities to contribute to development work in the Latin American and Caribbean region. It is targeted to highly motivated and qualified individuals from the LAC region, with a special focus on Afro descendants, Indigenous People and other minorities. 
    • Young Professionals ProgramFor close to 60 years, the Young Professionals Program (YPP) has been the preeminent program for developing future leaders across the World Bank Group. Applications for the recently expanded program — now representing the IFC, World Bank and MIGA — will be open from June 15 — July 15 for all institutions and will reopen from August 15 — September 30 for roles at IFC.
    • Bank Internship Program: An internship at the World Bank is an opportunity to contribute to the World Bank’s work and mission, while gaining practical work experience. Internships are available in both development operations and other business units (such as Human Resources, Communications, Accounting, etc.), for a duration of 1-4 months during Winter or Summer terms. Please click here for more information.
    • Global Secondment Program (GSP): The GSP provides opportunities for partner organizations and the World Bank Group to stimulate knowledge sharing, strategic alliances, and capacity building.
    • Legal Internship ProgramThe World Bank Legal Vice Presidency offers highly-motivated currently enrolled law students an opportunity to be exposed to the mission and work of the World Bank and that of the Legal Vice Presidency. The objective of the Legal Internship Program (LIP) is to provide students first-hand experiences of the day-to-day operations of the World Bank by closely collaborating with staff in the Legal Vice Presidency. LIP is offered thrice a year (spring, summer, and fall cycles) for a period of maximum three months at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and in certain selected country offices. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the opportunity is currently remote. Please click here for more information and to apply.
    • TRE Summer Internship for College Students The World Bank Treasury Summer Internship Program is a junior professional training program designed to develop the skills necessary to have an exciting and rewarding career in the financial industry. The program aims to bring exceptional college students, who possess a demonstrated interest in a financial career, to support the World Bank’s development mandate. Interns are expected to be in their second-to-last year in the equivalent of a four-year college degree program. Applications are accepted open once per year, typically around October or November. Learn more at the World Bank Treasury’s Student & Graduate Careers portal.

    Past programs and internships

    • World Bank Recruitment Drive for Africa The World Bank’s Western and Central Africa region is looking for dedicated professionals, passionate about international development to join our innovative and diverse staff.   A career with the World Bank Group offers a unique opportunity to contribute to solving some of the world’s most pressing problems. These positions will be based in our country offices in Western and Central Africa. For more information, click here.
    • Recruitment Drive for Fragility, Conflict and Violence Initiative: As part of our mission to increase the support in countries dealing with fragility, conflict and violence (FCV), the World Bank Group invites applications from qualified candidates interested in international development. The majority of positions will be located in Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and East Asia. This Recruitment Drive is now closed. Please note, only selected candidates will be contacted. 
    • Donor Funded Staffing Program (DFSP): The DFSP is for junior and mid-career professionals to gain valuable insights, exposure, and experience from the Bank’s internal perspective.
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