ADB Internship Program: Frequently Asked Questions

The Internship Program helps ADB enhance a platform to exchange and generate knowledge with external partners. It also enables ADB to identify potential future staff.

The duration should be a minimum of eight (8) weeks (56 days) and a maximum of 26 weeks or six (6) months for one internship assignment.

Yes. Students can apply directly online through the ADB Recruitment Center (ARC). They do not have to be nominated by their schools. Their schools are no longer required to register with ADB.

Yes. Students may send their inquiries to adbintern@adb.org.

No. The ADB Internship Program accommodates only post-graduate level students.

ADB public site under the Internship Program link will have the internship guidelines and application process posted. It is highly advisable to read the site thoroughly to ensure proper understanding of the selection and application process.

Internship assignments are posted with complete information including the deadline for submission in the ADB.org site. Applicants must be able to apply at the required time indicated in the website.

No. ADB does not accept applications from close relatives (e.g. below) of ADB staff.

Children Grandmother Stepmother Mother-in-law
Mother Grandfather Stepfather Father-in-law
Father Granddaughter Stepsister Sister-in-law
Brother Grandson Stepbrother Brother-in-law
Sister Aunt   Daughter-in-law
Niece Uncle   Son-in-law
Nephew Cousin (child of an aunt or uncle)    

Yes, only if the eligibility requirements are met.

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. Exception to receiving stipend would be interns who fall under the special arrangement category between select schools and ADB.

Interns are to shoulder accommodation and transportation; part of the airfare and food expense. Interns are provided with an I-Pay card; these are pre-loaded cards with a limited monetary value to cover food expenses at the ADB Cafeteria Dining Facility for Manila-based internships. Interns assigned to Field Offices are provided with cash food allowance.

Also, the purchase of a comprehensive insurance coverage for the entire period of the internship prior to departure to Manila is a strict requirement.

Upon intern’s appointment, ADB provides a limited amount to cover part of the airfare travel cost should air travel be necessary between the internship location and the authorized point of origin (i.e. school location).

Internship assignments are mostly based at the ADB's headquarters in Manila, Philippines. Resident Missions may offer assignments and the locations are specified in the posting. Resident Mission based internships for local students from local schools usually follow a different timetable. They are also announced in the website.

The application site features an update of each application whether it is for evaluation, regret or hired. ADB HR informs successful applicants directly through email.

As a general rule, interns are not allowed to travel during the internship assignment.

In case of Manila based internships, you must ensure your passport is valid at least for 6 months prior to arrival and upon departure from Manila. If your nationality requires you entry-visa, ADB will request it from the Philippine Embassy of your location, and you will apply for visa accordingly.

The regular work schedule is 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with one-hour lunch break. Any other preferred schedule should be discussed with supervisors.

Past interns are ineligible to apply for another internship with ADB.

Completing an internship does not automatically qualify for an employment with ADB; however, ADB welcomes former interns to apply for jobs after they graduate from schools.