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Summer Internship Program

IFC hires summer interns each year for a minimum period of four weeks between May and September to work on discrete projects in Washington, DC or in one of IFC’s country or regional offices. IFC’s summer internships are paid positions. The program is very competitive: we receive about 1500 applications each year, from which 30-40 candidates are selected. Following a thorough evaluation process at the conclusion of the internship, successful interns are encouraged to apply for an Associate Investment Officer, or any other full-time opportunity available after graduation. 

Summer Interns are assigned to an industry, regional or service department within IFC. Assignments cover various areas of work, such as sector-specific business development, investment proposal review, financial modeling and analysis, advisory services strategy, and ex-post investment project evaluation. The assignment depends on the needs of the department and the particular fit for the candidate.


Selection Criteria 


Candidates must be in the first or second-to-last year of an MBA or similar graduate program. Specific selection criteria include: 

  • For investment positions, work experience (3-6 years) in international finance, which could include corporate finance, investment banking, financial consulting, private equity, credit analysis, or commercial banking
  • Knowledge of sectors relevant to IFC and emerging markets experience preferred
  • Strong analytical, communication and negotiation skills
  • Business development and client relationship skills
  • Enthusiasm for working in multicultural teams and across borders
  • Fluency in English; proficiency in one or more of Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish strongly preferred
  • Commitment to sustainable private sector development


Application and Selection Process


IFC accepts applications on-line from December 1, 2015 through January 15, 2016. Applications of short-listed candidates will be posted in an Internship Program database accessible by all IFC departments globally. Individual departments contact candidates directly for interviews and usually conclude their hiring decisions between mid March and end of April. If you have not been contacted by a hiring department by April 30, 2016 then you have not been selected/short-listed for an interview/position and no additional notices concerning status will be sent/provided.



2016  Summer Internship Program Recruitment


The application period for the 2016 Summer Internship Program is now Closed.  




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