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African Development Bank Internship Program

.. Study and Practice in Trade, Economics and Operation Policies

Open to African students (Citizens of member countries of the ADB)

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.. Deadline varies

     Work permit : Required

.. Depends upon the budget to be allocated

4-6 months


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About the Internship Program:

The primary objective of the Internship Program at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is to deepen the Bank’s efforts to advance development within its regional member countries (RMC) through capacity building activities.  
The Program aims at providing candidates with the opportunity to acquire and develop the ability to work in an international environment, provide the Bank a pool of potential candidates in the future and enhance the visibility of the Bank and its development activities.
To achieve its new strategic staffing that the Strategy for 2013-2022 envisages, the Human Resource Department (CHRM) needs to develop a new approach based on its overall vision and goals of decentralization.

Eligibility Rquirements:

The following are the minimum requirements:

  • Aged between eighteen (18) to thirty (30) years.
  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelor’s/Master’s level degree program or its equivalent in a recognized public or private institution of higher learning. 
  • Apply for an internship within one year of having obtained such a degree. 
  • Provide a letter from the University / Professional institution school confirming the enrollment for the current Program. 
  • Citizen of a regional or non-regional member country of the African Development Bank.
  • Applicants must be fluent in, at least, one of the Banks’s working languages (English or French). 
  • Female candidates are encouraged to apply.  
  • In addition to the above selection criteria, preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the following: 
  • Ability to leverage knowledge.
  • Ability to share knowledge.
  • Adaptability to multicultural settings.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of a third language that is relevant to the Bank’s operations.
  • Special consideration shall be given to students who are working on projects that have a direct bearing on the mission of the Bank.


The specific disciplines and specialist professional areas that are aligned to the Ten-Year Strategy and gender strategy are the following:

  • Economy: Development Research; Statistics;
  • Operations I: Procurement & Fiduciary Services, Fragile States situations;
  • Operations II: Agriculture & Agro Industry; Human Development; Governance; Water & Sanitation, Natural Resource Management;
  • Operations III: Energy, Environment & Climate Change; Transport & ICT; Private Sector; Regional Integration and Trade;
  • Strategy & Operational Policies;
  • Results & Quality Assurance;
  • Finance; Budget; Treasury; Resource Mobilization; Risk Management; Audit;
  • General/Business Administration; 
  • Human Resources Management;
  • IT Services; IT Engineers; Security; IT Security;
  • Protocol Services ; Langage Services;
  • Communication & External Relations;
  • Gender; 
  • Corporate Lawyers;
  • Translation / Interpretation. 

Terms and Conditions:

  • Internships shall be granted to each candidate for a period not less than three (3) months and not more than six (6) months. The internship will be authorized only once for any candidate.
  • Interns shall be responsible for their air travel (where applicable) to and from the Bank’s location as well as their upkeep. 
  • Interns shall be responsible for their medical insurance coverage, and for obtaining entry and residence visas in the host country of the Bank.
  • Eligible interns will be provided with a monthly stipend, depending on the budget availability.
  • Interns may be authorized to participate in an official Bank’s mission.
  • Internships shall be performed either at the Bank’s headquarters in Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) or in any one of the Bank’s field offices or Regional Centers.

Important Notice:

Selected candidates will receive an official offer and are expected to start the Internship Program in Mid-January 2016. The selected candidates must submit a written acceptance of the offer via email within one week of notification or the offer will be proposed to the next candidate on the reserve list. Offers of internships are only valid for the same Program year. They will not be deferred to the following year.


Updated on: 24 Nov, 2016

Source : African Development Bank
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