Internships at the World Bank

The World Bank offers internships to young people interested in learning more about the economic and social issues that affect people's lives around the world. The programme offers opportunities to study and work, with hands-on experience.

About the Programme

The World Bank Internship Programme offers graduate students an opportunity to improve their skills as well as the experience of working in an international environment. Paid internships are available for winter and summer programmes. It is open to students who are nationals of the Bank's member countries. Candidates must possess an undergraduate degree and be already enrolled in a full-time graduate study programme (pursuing a Master's degree or Ph.D., with plans to return to school in a full-time capacity).

The programme seeks candidates in the following fields: economics, finance, human resource 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.

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 located in Washington, DC, with a minimum duration of four weeks.


  • Summer (June-September) - the application period for the Summer Program is 1 December - 31 January each year.
  • Winter (December-March)- the application period for the Winter Program is 1 - 31 October each year.

All applications must be submitted online.

More information

The World Bank provides also various region-specific internships. Find out more from the World Bank Programmes and Internships pages.