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 (closed)
  • 2nd batch: 16 January - 11 February
  • 3rd batch: 13 March - 8 April

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.

Current Opportunities

Title Reference Number Department Location Posting Date Closing Date
Intern PSOD/PSIF2-1504 ADB-HR-14-0869 Private Sector Operations Department ADB HQ 13 Mar 2015 08 Apr 2015
Intern RSDD/RSDD-KS - 1521 ADB-HR-15-0185 Regional and Sustainable Development Department ADB HQ 13 Mar 2015 08 Apr 2015
Intern OGC/OGC - 1525 ADB-HR-15-0189 Office of the General Counsel ADB HQ 13 Mar 2015 08 Apr 2015
Intern EARD/EAEN - 1520 ADB-HR-15-0184 East Asia Department ADB HQ 13 Mar 2015 08 Apr 2015
Intern CWRD/CWPF - 1524 ADB-HR-15-0188 Central and West Asia Department ADB HQ 13 Mar 2015 08 Apr 2015
Intern EARD/EAER – 1519 ADB-HR-15-0183 East Asia Department ADB HQ 13 Mar 2015 08 Apr 2015
Intern SARD/SAUW - 1522 ADB-HR-15-0186 South Asia Department ADB HQ 13 Mar 2015 08 Apr 2015
Intern SERD/SEPF - 1523 ADB-HR-15-0187 Southeast Asia Department VRM 13 Mar 2015 08 Apr 2015


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

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