ADB Internship Program

Internship Opportunities
Posted 3 years ago

The ADB Internship Program is a project-oriented learning opportunity for graduate students to gain experience through research assignments based on ADB’s current operational needs. ADB advertises internship assignments twice a year and welcomes motivated, open-minded, and self-directed individuals to apply.

The internship program offers the opportunity to:

  • work in a major international development organization;
  • work collaboratively with experienced professionals from over 50 different countries;
  • gain a deeper understanding of development finance and the impact of the work ADB does; and
  • contribute to ADB’s business through research outputs.

Host Institution(s): Asian Development Bank Headquarters, Manila, Philippines or ADB Field Offices

Field of study: Field of study directly related to ADB’s work

Target group: Graduate students who are nationals of one of ADB’s member countries

Internship benefits/duration:

A stipend is provided to all interns according to the location of internships up to 56 calendar days. Interns may choose to work beyond 56 calendar days in agreement with the designated supervisors, but without stipend. An exception to receiving stipend would be interns who fall under the special arrangement category between select schools and ADB.

Interns are provided with limited food card/allowance and a limited amount to cover part of the airfare travel cost. They have to shoulder accommodation and transportation, part of the airfare, and food expense.


Internship candidates must:

  • be enrolled in a Master’s- or PhD-level program at a school in one of the ADB member nations, both prior to and after the internship assignment;
  • be engaged in academic study in a field directly related to ADB’s work;
  • be a national of one of ADB’s members;
  • possess an excellent command of English; and
  • have professional experience relevant to the assignment.

Application instructions:

The internship application process is online through the ADB Recruitment Center. School registration and the nomination is no longer required.  The application period for the 2019 Internship Program are as follows:

1st batch: 15 August to 15 October 2018

On board: January 2019 onwards

2nd batch: 1 December 2018 to 31 January 2019

On board: June 2019 onwards

Selection Process:

Eligible candidates apply through the ADB Career and Employment System (ACES).

  •  ADB announces the assignments on the website and candidates choose assignments of interest.
  • Candidates apply through ACES, prepare for their CVs and answer the essay questions.

o   All documents (CV and essay) are uploaded to ACES to complete application.

o   Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

o   To avoid errors in submission, applicants are advised not to wait until the last day of the application period in submitting their internship applications.

  • ADB evaluates applications based on eligibility requirements, the relevance of academic study and work experience; and the level of interest and motivation to contribute to development work. ADB also considers institutional representation, gender, and nationality balance in the over-all intern selection process.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

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