ADB Internship Program

The 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 three times per 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.

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.
ADB does not accept applications from close relatives of ADB personnel.

The internship application process is online through the ADB Recruitment Center. School registration and nomination is no longer required.

Application period for the 2015 Internship Program:

  • 1st batch: 24 October - 19 November
  • 2nd batch:  16 January - 11 February
  • 3rd batch: 13 March - 8 April

Internship opportunities are now posted for application. Candidates may register and apply at ADB Recruitment Center (ARC). Please read the complete job description and prepare accordingly. Applicants should submit and upload ALL requirements: updated CV AND answers to essay questions (MS Word document or PDF file). Incomplete applications will not be processed further.

Intern Opportunities

Position Title: Intern EARD/EASS - 1501
Department: East Asia Department
Division: Urban and Social Sectors Division
Reference Number: ADB-HR-14-0866
Internship Topic: Challenges and Opportunities: Education in   the People’s Republic of China

Position Title: Intern ERD/ERMF - 1502
Department: Economics and Research Department
Division: Macroeconomics and Finance Research Division
Reference Number: ADB-HR-14-0867
Internship Topic: Macroeconomic Modeling for Improved   Economic Assessment        

Position Title: Intern IED/IED2 - 1503
Department: Independent Evaluation Department
Division: Independent Evaluation Division, 2
Reference Number: ADB-HR-14-0868
Internship Topic: Regional Cooperation and Integration in ADB Developing Member Countries

Position Title: Intern PSOD/PSIF2 - 1504
Department: Private Sector Operations Department
Division: Infrastructure Finance Division 2
Reference Number: ADB-HR-14-0869
Internship Topic: Assessment of Renewable Energy Potential in the Pacific

Position Title: Intern RSDD/RSPG - 1505
Department: Regional and Sustainable Development Department
Division: Poverty Reduction, Social Development and Governance   Division
Reference Number: ADB-HR-14-0870
Internship Topic: Review of Social Assistance Financing and Social Health Insurance Systems Interventions of Developing Member Countries

Position Title: Intern SARD/SAHS - 1506
Department: South Asia Department
Division: Human and Social Development Division
Reference Number: ADB-HR-14-0872
Internship Topic: Global Experience and Innovation in Delivery of Urban Health Services to the Poor, with particular Relevance to India

Position Title: Intern SARD/SAPF - 1507
Department: South Asia Department
Division: Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division
Reference Number: ADB-HR-14-0873
Internship Topic: Role of India as a Growth Pole in South Asia

Position Title: Intern CWRD/CWPF - 1508
Department: Central and West Asia Department
Division: Public Management, Financial Sector and Trade Division
Reference Number: ADB-HR-14-0874
Internship Topic: Health Sector Financing

Selection Process

Eligible candidates apply through the ADB Recruitment Center (ARC).

  • ADB announces the assignments on the website and candidates choose assignments of interest.
  • Candidates apply through ARC, prepare for their CVs and answer the essay questions.
    • All documents (CV and Essay) are uploaded to ARC to complete application.
    • Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  • ADB evaluates applications based on: eligibility requirements, 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.


For questions related to internship, please email the ADB Internship Program.

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