Institutions for Development Department- 2018 Junior Summer Internship Program

Inter-American Development Bank
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
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  • Posted
    Mar 07

Position description

At the Inter-American Development Bank, we are devoted to improving lives. Since 1959, we have 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.

The Institutions for Development Department (IFD) at the IDB conceptualizes, prepares, executes, supervises and evaluates the Bank’s sector operations, including governance, public sector strengthening and reform, decentralization, fiscal and economic issues as well as the development of capital markets and financial institutions, and competitiveness at the national, regional and local level. Its functions also include preparing the Bank’s sector policies, strategies, operational guidelines and programs; conducting relevant research and analytical work, best practices and case studies in this area; and providing specialized technical support to borrowing member countries. Given this substantial agenda, the Office of Manager (IFD/IFD) requires an intern to support the Senior Advisor in enhancing partnerships with Korea and facilitating the implementation and management of ongoing and future Asia-LAC initiatives under the leadership of IFD. 

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: 

  • Support the monitoring of the Korea-LAC Scholarship Program (KLSP) administered by the Bank;
  • Support analytical research on emerging issues and selected topics as requested by the supervisor;
  • Support the monitoring of IFD-led initiatives and activities including technical cooperation and loan projects financed by Korean and other trust funds; and
  • Support other activities as agreed with the supervisor.

Junior 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 25 by January 1st, of 2018 (Age requirement under the Diversity Initiative is 27).
  • Candidates hired in the past or currently working under any employment program of the IDB do not qualify.


  • An undergraduate student who is currently on the third year or above of his/her bachelor’s degree or equivalent program, in areas related to Public Administration, Economics, International Relations, Business Administration, or similar field, in 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. (Proficiency in Korean is highly desirable).
  • Team player, innovative and creative, client-oriented, results-driven, with strong communication skills.
  • Technical skills: Use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Power Point) and the Internet as a tool for consultation and research. Preferably with knowledge of managing the Bank’s information systems such as SAP, CONVERGENCE, CONCUR, etc. 

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: Senior Advisor (IFD/IFD)

Application instructions

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