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.
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 2021 Internship Program:
- 1st batch: 15 July to 15 September 2021
- On board: January 2022 onwards
- 2nd batch: 1 December 2021 to 31 January 2022
- On board: June 2022 onwards
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.
|Title / Reference Number||Department||Location||Posting Date||Closing Date|
|Intern - North American Representative Office - 2216 / 210347||Strategy, Policy and Partnerships Department||North American Representative Office||16 Jul 2021||22 Sep 2021|
|Intern - Urban and Social Sectors Division, EARD - 2203 / 210333||East Asia Department||Asian Development Bank Headquarters||16 Jul 2021||30 Sep 2021|
|Intern - Gender Equality Thematic Group - 2208 / 210339||Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department||Asian Development Bank Headquarters||19 Jul 2021||30 Sep 2021|
For questions related to internship, please email the 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 Career and Employment System (ACES). 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 [email protected].
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. Internship candidates have to be nationals of ADB members.
No. ADB does not accept applications from close relatives (e.g. below) of ADB staff.
|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, transportation and food expenses; as well as part of the airfare.
The purchase of a comprehensive insurance coverage for the entire period of the internship prior to departure to Manila is also 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.