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 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.

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 Career and Employment System (ACES). School registration and nomination is no longer required.

Application period for the 2017 Internship Program:

  • 1st batch: 15 August to 15 October 2016
    • On board: January 2017 onwards
  • 2nd batch: 15 January to 15 March 2017
    • On board: June 2017 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.
    • All documents (CV and essay) are uploaded to ACES to complete application.
    • Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
    • 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, 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 - Urban, Social Development & Public Management Division, PARD - 1703 160706 Pacific Department Asian Development Bank Headquarters 16 Aug 2016 15 Oct 2016
Intern - Office of the Director General, Independent Evaluation Department - 1701 160703 Independent Evaluation Department Asian Development Bank Headquarters 16 Aug 2016 15 Oct 2016
Intern - Office of Public-Private Partnership - 1702 160705 Office of Public-Private Partnership Asian Development Bank Headquarters 16 Aug 2016 15 Oct 2016
Intern - Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney, Australia - 1704 160707 Pacific Department Pacific Liaison and Coordination Office in Sydney 16 Aug 2016 15 Oct 2016
Intern - North American Representative Office - 1705 160708 Strategy and Policy Department North American Representative Office 17 Aug 2016 15 Oct 2016


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