MIF Grants Unit – 2018 Summer Internship Program

Inter-American Development Bank
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
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  • Posted
    Mar 07

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.

As the Innovation Lab of the IDB Group, the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) is looking for an intern for a two-month period to research and capture lessons learned of a select group of successful and unsuccessful projects from three thematic areas to identify critical (success or failure) factors. The research will help the MIF build upon an existing knowledge base, so the information can be feedback into the design of new projects.    

Internship objective

The purpose of the Internship program is to provide an opportunity for university 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 summer vacation before returning to their studies.

Main activities 

The selected candidate will: 

  • Define list of emblematic projects from three thematic areas based on a group of selection criteria.  
  • Do a desk review of project documents and reports to gain an understanding of the intervention model and project objectives. 
  • Interview representatives of executing agencies to develop a more in depth understanding of contextual factors and critical success (or failure) factors. 
  • Prepare a report of findings. 
  • Prepare a PPT and present findings.  
  • Other   activities as agreed with the internship supervisor.

Regular Internship Program’s restrictions

  • Candidates with more than 3 applications will be automatically disqualified.
  • A citizen of one of the Bank's member countries.
  • Graduation date cannot be prior to August 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.


  • A current student working towards a PhD, Master's degree or graduate program, in areas related to Economics, Behavioral economics, Social Innovation, Development, International Relations, or Business from an accredited university.
  • Proficient in at least one of the official languages of the Bank (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French), preferably with a working knowledge of a second one.
  • Team player, innovative and creative, client-oriented, results-driven, with strong communication skills.
  • Technical skills: Research and analytic skills, and effective writing skills in either English and/or Spanish.   

Characteristics of the internship

  • Category and modality: Temporary Term Contractual, Internship.
  • Contract duration: Two months. June 16th, 2018 to August 15th, 2018.
  • Place(s) of work: IDB Headquarters in Washington DC, U.S.A.
  • Responsible person: Chief – Grants Unit 

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 and Affinity: Pursuant to applicable Bank regulations, candidates with relatives (including the fourth degree of consanguinity and the second degree of affinity, including spouse) working for the Bank or the IDB Invest as staff members or Complementary Workforce, 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.

Application instructions

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