Country Department Central America, Mexico, Panama and Dominican Republic. Regional Programs Unit - 2018 Winter Internship Program

Inter-American Development Bank
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
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  • Posted
    Oct 10

Position description

At the Inter-American Development Bank, we’re devoted to improving lives. Since 1959, we’ve been a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We do more than lending though. We partner with our 48-member countries to provide Latin America and the Caribbean with cutting-edge research about relevant development issues, policy advice to inform their decisions, and technical assistance to improve on the planning and execution of projects. For this, we need people who not only have the right skills, but also are passionate about improving lives. 

Working with us you will be surrounded by a diverse group of people who have years of experience in all types of development fields, including transportation, health, gender and diversity, communications and much more.

• CID Regional Programs (CID/REG). In line with the Institutional Strategy, CID’s Management, through a team dedicated to Regional Programs (CID / REG), has increased the priority to promote and provide technical and financial support to regional initiatives in various fields, including: electrical interconnection, trade facilitation and border management, road infrastructure, logistics and transportation, broadband, disaster risk management and health policy. Such efforts imply challenges regarding the relations with countries and their regional coordination institutions, where the Bank participates with institutional positions on regional topics. CID coordinates this regional dynamic for the Bank and works closely with the Sector divisions to provide solid technical input. To this end, CID/REG maintains a permanent dialogue and coordination with the regional and subregional integration entities, primarily: the Mesoamerica Project, the General Secretariat of the Central American Integration System (SICA) and the Central American Economic Integration Secretariat (SIECA).

  • Plan of the Alliance for the Prosperity of the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras).  Economic and social factors have led to higher levels of migration from the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA), particularly, to the United States. Aiming to find an answer to the problem, the NTCA presidents agreed to implement an Alliance for Prosperity Plan at the end of 2014. The Bank, at the request of the governments of the three countries, has technically and financially supported the implementation of the Plan since its launching. 

Internship objective

The purpose of the Internship program is to provide an opportunity for students to learn about the operations of the IDB, and to acquire work experience at the professional level through on-the-job training during their winter vacation before returning to their studies.

Main activities

The selected candidate will:  

  • Conduct primary research for reports, presentations and/or briefings to different audiences on topics such as: trade facilitation (coordinated border management and Customs Union), transport and logistics, energy (electricity, natural gas, energy efficiency and biofuels), telecommunications (broadband), health policy, disaster risk management or related areas.
  • NTCA: support the development of documents related to the following areas: i) economic and social reintegration of returnees; ii) data collection and sharing, and prevention campaigns; iii) legal instruments; iv) civil society; v) follow-up of current migration agenda. 
  • Participate in the planning and development of regional technical cooperation abstracts, as well as in the management and execution of funds.
  • Monitor the status of the regional projects portfolio and update databases, generating reports or presentations. 
  • Review Regional Technical Cooperation documents that are generated in all sectors of the Bank for CID and LAC, supporting technical analysis and formulation of strategic comments.
  • Track donors’ and key stakeholders’ (private sector, academia, NGOs, etc.) initiatives in the Mesoamerican region, identifying common areas for potential work synergies.
  • Develop media content for dissemination and strategic communication.
  • Collect and analyze recent literature on regional integration.
  • Assist with administrative tasks or special requests as needed.
  • Participate in brainstorming sessions and activities planning.

Payment and Conditions: Interns receive a stipend of an amount determined annually. 

Selected candidates are responsible for the costs associated with their relocation to/from the Bank’s Headquarters in Washington, DC, as well as for providing proof of medical coverage for the duration of the internship.

Visa and Work Permit: The Bank, pursuant to applicable policies, may submit a visa request to the applicable immigration authorities; however, the granting of the visa is at the discretion of the immigration authorities. Notwithstanding, it is the responsibility of the candidate to obtain the necessary visa or work permits required by the authorities of the country(ies) in which the services will be rendered to the Bank. If a candidate cannot obtain a visa or work permit to render services to the Bank the contractual offer will be rescinded

Consanguinity: Pursuant to applicable Bank policy, candidates with relatives (including the fourth degree of consanguinity and the second degree of affinity, including spouse) working for the Bank as staff members or Complementary Workforce contractuals, will not be eligible to provide services for the Bank. 

Diversity: The Bank is committed to diversity and inclusion and to providing equal opportunities to all candidates. We embrace diversity on the basis of gender, age, education, national origin, ethnic origin, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and HIV/AIDs status. We encourage women, Afro-descendants and persons of indigenous origins to apply.


Regular Internship Program’s restrictions

  • Candidates with more than 5 applications will be automatically disqualified.
  • A citizen of one of the Bank's member countries.
  • Graduation date cannot be prior to March 15th of 2018.
  • Has not reached age 31 by January 1st, of 2018 (Age requirement under the Diversity Initiative is 33).
  • Candidates hired in the past or currently working under any employment program of the IDB do not qualify.
  • Family members or close relatives of IDB employees are not eligible. This restriction applies to candidates within and including the fourth degree of consanguinity and the second degree of affinity


  • A current student working towards a PhD, Master's degree or graduate program, in areas related to International Relations, Political Science, Economics, Development Economics, in an accredited university.
  • Proficient in Spanish and English.
  • Technical skills: Proficient in Microsoft Office programs, knowledge of statistical software programs is a plus.

Characteristics of the internship

  • Category and modality: Temporary Term Contractual, Internship.
  • Contract duration: Two months. January 16th, 2018 to March 15th, 2018.
  • Place(s) of work: IADB Headquarters in Washington DC, U.S.A.
  • Responsible person: Operations Lead Specialist, CID/CID.

Application instructions

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