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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. Selected candidates will be able to improve their own skills in a diverse environment dedicated to ending extreme poverty and boosting prosperity and will benefit from

  • (i) opportunities for onboarding and training;
  • (ii) networking, mentoring, and coaching from World Bank staff and
  • (iii) being a part of one of the most reputable development banks in the world.

The LCR Inclusive Internship program is targeted to highly motivated and qualified individuals from the LAC region, with a special focus on Afro descendants, Indigenous People and other minorities. The program will partner with key stakeholders and academic institutions in the region to attract a talented pool of candidates and to help build the program.

The first cohort will consist of 16 internships starting mid-July - August 2021. The length of the internships will vary, between two and six months. Specific Terms of Reference for the assignments cover the fields of economics, finance, energy, climate change, private sector development, environment and the blue economy, social development, and other related fields. Interns will also collaborate on a joint project to contribute to the Region’s efforts on inclusion of underrepresented minorities in our current talent pool.

Selected candidates will be offered short-term temporary contracts with the WB for the period specified by each hiring unit. Interns will be hosted by the Country Offices and Practice Groups1 that have posted the task-based Terms of Reference. The call for internships will launch June 1, 2021 and selection will be finalized between July – August 2021.

Vacant positions

  1. LCRIP 01 – Climate Change research and analysis (Energy and Extractives GP) 
  2. LCRIP 02 – Social Sustainability and Inclusion GP  
  3. LCRIP 03 – Poverty and Equity GP  
  4. LCRIP 04 -- Natural Resource Economist GP
  5. LCRIP 05 - ENB Fisheries Specialist
  6. LCRIP 06 - ENB Climate Specialist
  7. LCRIP 07 - ENB Environment Specialist internship
  8. LCRIP 08 - Country Engagement Support in Central America
  9. LCRIP 09 - Country Engagement Support in the Eastern Caribbean
  10. LCRIP 10 - Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation GP Support
  11. LCRIP 11 - Country Engagement Support in Colombia
  12. LCRIP 12 - SPJ (Social Protection and Jobs) Support in Brazil 
  13. LCRIP 13 - Environmental policy research and analysis
  14. LCRIP 14 - Project Support Bolivia
  15. LCRIP 15 - Economic policy research and analysis - LC6 (Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru) 
  16. LCRIP 16 -Country Engagement Support in Mexico 

General requirements:

  • Candidates must be a graduate-level student at an accredited university or a recent graduate of a graduate-level program (Master’s or PhD; up to 2 years after graduation) and 28 years old or younger.
  • Should have a strong interest in and commitment to international development
  • At least 1-2 years of relevant work experience (may include previous job positions, paid or unpaid internships and volunteer work)
  • Enthusiasm for working in multicultural teams and across borders.
  • Fluent verbal and written communication skills in English; working knowledge in Spanish, Portuguese or French may be required as per the Terms of Reference.
  • Some positions may have nationality requirements for specific Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Successful candidates will be posted in Country Offices and Washington, D.C. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and depending on local conditions with regard to the ongoing COVID pandemic, some positions may be filled on a work- from-home basis and may require working in different time zones. All positions will require adherence to all related visa laws.

Application and Selection Process:

  • The World Bank will accept applications through email from June 1st until 25 June 2021. Applications will be reviewed by the Human Resources team and recommended for longlisting. Individual hiring departments will review candidates to short-list based on their business needs. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Hiring decisions by the hiring department(s) expect to be concluded between July-August 2021.
  • Please send a resume, Cover Letter, and proof of enrollment/completion of graduate program to with “World Bank LCR Inclusive Internship Program 2021 - ToR # and applicant’s name” in the email subject line. Please make sure to reference the specific TOR you are applying to.
  • Please refer to the FAQs for any additional questions on the program and application process.