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ADB Internships

Paid Internships

The goal of the ADB Internship Program is to provide those interested in international development with a greater understanding of the work and impact of ADB in the area of development finance. Those selected will have the opportunity to work and be supervised by professionals from more than 50 countries, where they will be able to develop networks and receive continuous feedback. In addition, participants will contribute to the bank’s work through analytical and research activities.


In pursuit of its mission, the OpenIGO network has prepared a comprehensive eBook and support and guidance services, with the aim of highly increasing your chances of success in these competitive processes. These services include revising your ADB internships application documents (curriculum vitae/resume and cover letter) and a mock interview, as per the ADB model. We also offer a range of packages that combine our different services.


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ADB Overview

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) was created in 1960 to provide support for economic growth and increased cooperation between its member states. The bank offers loans, technical assistance, subsidies and other financial products that aim to guarantee the socio-economic development of its partners. ADB provides financing for the public and private sector and also develops partnerships with other multilateral, bilateral, private and commercial institutions to finance development in the Asia and Pacific region.

ADB’s main focus: Promoting the social and economic development of its member states and Asian partners.

Themes addressed by ADB:

  • Public Sector (Sovereign Financing)
  • Private Sector (No Sovereign Financing)
  • Cofinancing Partnerships
  • Results-Based Lending for Programs
  • Trade Financing Program
  • Asian Development Fund
  • ASEAN Infrastructure Fund
  • Investor Relations

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Description of the ADB internship

What are the fields of study required for the ADB Internship Program?

  • Economics
  • Business Administration
  • Finance
  • International relations
  • Political science
  • Human resources
  • IT/computer sciences
  • Communication

What are the tasks performed by the selected for the ADB Internship?

The activities performed vary according to the opening and the requirements of the different departments to which interns are allocated. However, generally speaking, the main duties are:

  • Draft and review documents, reports, etc;
  • Create graphs, tables, etc;
  • Collect and analyze data;
  • Take part in meetings, events and training sessions with ADB’s staff;
  • Prepare presentations;
  • Contribute to ongoing projects;
  • Perform other activities when required.

What is the duration of the ADB Internship Program?

The internship period ranges from at least 8 to 18 weeks.

What is the weekly workload of the ADB Internship?

The internships are full-time (40 hours per week).

Where are the locations of the ADB Internship?

Most opportunities are for ADB headquarters in Manila, Philippines. However, there may also be other opportunities in ADB’s Representative and Country Offices spread across other regions.

When does the ADB internship start?

The start date varies depending on the registration period:

August to October: begins in January.
December to February: begins in June.

Is there any feedback following the completion of the ADB Internship Program?

At the end of the internship, the supervisor is in charge of preparing an assessment report of the intern’s performance.

Subsequent employment:

The internship program does not presuppose the candidate’s future employment, but the experience of working at ADB will be a differential in the intern’s curriculum that will facilitate their entry not only in the ADB but in other IGOs.

ADB Internship Salary

ADB’s offers a USD 69 per day assistance for a maximum of 56 calendar days. The intern can make an agreement to work more days; however, without assistance from the ADB.

ADB Internship Requirements

What is the education requirement of the ADB Internship Program?

  • Be enrolled in a graduate school program (Master’s or PhD);
  • The program must be in an area related to the work done at ADB.

What is the language requirement of the ADB Internship Program?

Proficiency in English is required.

What is the age requirement of the ADB Internship Program?

Applicants must not be over 32 years old at the time of enrollment.

What is the nationality requirement of the ADB Internship Program?

Applicants must be citizens of an ADB member state.

What are the competencies required for the ADB Internship Program?

The main competencies required are:

  • Very good research skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment and work under pressure of deadlines.
  • Excellent writing skills and proactive stakeholder engagement.
  • Works pleasantly with others. Thinks out of the box.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks, prioritize work, and work independently to guarantee accurate and timely completion of assignments.
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Previous experience using computational software.

Other requirements:

It is necessary to have some experience with the function in which you applied.

What are the restrictions of the ADB Internship Program?

Candidates cannot be close relatives of ADB employees.

ADB Internship - Application process

When to apply for the ADB Internship Program?

Internship opportunities are advertised twice a year and the registration date may vary depending on the vacancy. Below is the general deadline:

  • 1st batch: August to October
  • 2nd batch: December to February

How to apply for the ADB Internship Program?

The internship application process comprises of the following steps:

  1. Search for vacancies by area of interest in the “Current Opportunities” section of ADB’s internship page;
  2. After checking the requirements of the vacancy, click in “Apply for this Vacancy”;
  3. You will be redirected to the registration page. Click in “New User”;
  4. Fill out the requested information and submit the necessary documents.

What are the phases of the selection process for the ADB Internship Program?

The selection process may vary depending on the function to which the intern is applying, but generally comprises the following steps:

  1. Submitting your application;
  2. Evaluation of the application;
  3. Competency-based interview;
  4. Selection notifications.

How is the ADB Internship Program interview?

Usually, only selected applicants will be contacted for the interview, which lasts about 30 minutes and may be done via Skype or phone. The main points covered in the interview vary according to the opening and department chosen. In general, however, the questions address subjective or behavioral aspects, such as your expectations about the job, your interests in the area of expertise you are applying for and your previous experiences.

What are the documents to submit for the ADB Internship Program?

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • Proof of enrollment to a Masters’s or Ph.D. program;
  • Essay in MS WORD or PDF document, maximum of 1500 words per question. (Check the essay questions below).

Essay Questions:

(1) Describe one example of your experience that demonstrated your interest in working in ADB.
(2) Highlight your qualifications that will help accomplish this internship assignment (e.g., coursework, research, work experience, etc.).

What is the evaluation criteria of the ADB Internship Program?

You will be evaluated in relation to your previous experiences, skills and competencies, as well as your educational background. ADB also considers the level of interest and motivation to fill the position and the balance in terms of nationality, institutional representation and gender within the organization.

ADB Internship - Costs


You or your sponsoring institution will be responsible for the costs and arrangements of obtaining the visa (if needed to do the internship).


You or your sponsoring institution will be responsible for the costs of enrolling in a valid global medical insurance plan.


You or your sponsoring institution will be responsible for accommodation expenses during the internship period.


You or your sponsoring institution will be responsible for the costs and arrangements of the trip to the workplace to which you have been assigned.

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