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World Bank Internship Program – For India

February 2, 2017

The Internship Program is open to students who are nationals of the Bank's member countries and attracts a large number of highly qualified candidates. The goal of this Internship Program is to offer successful candidates an opportunity to improve their skills as well as the experience of working in an international environment. Interns generally find the experience to be rewarding and interesting.

To be eligible for the Internship Program, candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree and already be enrolled in a full-time Master’s study program (pursuing a Master's degree or Ph.D. with plans to return to school in a full-time capacity. Generally, successful candidates have completed their first year of Master’s studies or are already into their Ph.D. programs.

This Program typically seeks candidates in the following fields: economics, finance, human development (public health, education, nutrition, population), social science (anthropology, sociology), agriculture, environment, private sector development, as well as other related fields. Fluency in English is required. Prior relevant work experience, computing skills are advantageous.

The Bank pays an hourly salary to all Interns and, where applicable, provides an allowance towards travel expenses. Interns are responsible for their own living accommodations. Most positions are for a minimum of four weeks in duration.

Criteria for Applying for an Internship

  • Currently enrolled full time in a Master’s degree program (first year or higher) and returning to the program upon completion of internship
  • Age 29 or younger
  • Qualifications (application, references, interviews) suitable for intern employment in South Asia country office, sector unit, etc. as specified by selecting managers.
  • Self supported housing and subsistence.

How To Apply

Please send your application by email to vjagadeesh@worldbank.org

Generally speaking, once the application has been received, the next steps are shortlisting then interviewing. Typically, applicants who are not shortlisted are not contacted. The duration of the selection process varies widely, and can be quite long, especially if parallel external recruitment is undertaken.

Our Mission and Values:

The World Bank's New Delhi Country Office staff share a vision and a set of values that are at the core of their work:

  • Bank that assists clients to conceive, prepare, and implement their own policies, programs and projects;
  • Bank that, in so doing, listens and empowers clients at the grass roots;
  • Bank that learns from its clients, enriching us and all member countries in turn;
  • Bank whose clients want its services because they seek our excellence;
  • Bank where everyone knows it is not what we finance but the knowledge we impart in the assistance process that lasts; and, therefore, a Bank that intermediates knowledge first.

To realize this vision, we ascribe to a set of values as the basis for how we behave in the delivery of our work. We value:

  • passion for the Bank's mission and poverty reduction;
  • intellectual rigor and curiosity;
  • honesty and integrity;
  • openness to learning and the courage to admit we don't always have the answer; and
  • teamwork.


1. What is the purpose of the Internship Program?

The purpose of the Program 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. What is the advantage for the World Bank in hiring interns?

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. What do interns do at the Bank?

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. Do you have quotas for nationalities, gender, etc.?

Interns can be selected from any country which is a member of the World Bank Group, so the composition of nationalities varies from year to year.

5. What fields of studies are most in demand by the Bank?

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

6. How are interns paid?

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 and may change from year to year based on current market rates.

7. Will I be notified if I am not selected?

We do not send out any notice if you have not been selected.

8. How can I find out about the status of my application?

Unless you hear from this office, we do not have any information to share with you. We will contact candidates immediately once a vacancy manager informs this office of their selection. We cannot provide any more information on an individual status.