5 Paid internships in International Development

  • World Bank – Various Internships – Washington, DC and various other locations

The World Bank Internship program offers paid opportunities for graduate students studying economics, human development, agriculture/environment, private sector development, and other related fields. In addition to an hourly salary, many interns are provided with an allowance for travel expenses. Positions are located in Washington, DC, or in various country offices. Interns are responsible for finding their own living accommodations. The internships last at least four weeks and happen during two seasons: Summer (June-September) and Winter (December-March). Information about application deadlines and application requirements can be found on their website. The application period for Winter 2018 will be opening on October 1, 2017. Applications must be submitted online and before the deadline listed.

The Desai Foundation is seeking an intern to conduct international development research relevant to their work and programs. Their organization focuses on community development and public health programs in both the US and India. Currently, they are working towards the Sustainable Development Goals of Good Health & Well-Being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Decent Work & Economic Growth, and Partnerships for the Goals. Interns will be responsible for researching current community development organizations and trends in the nonprofit field, as well as assisting with various programs, updating databases, training volunteers, and performing other programmatic and administrative duties as needed. They must be an undergraduate or graduate student or a recent college graduate. Candidates specializing in nonprofit management, public administration, social work, human development, education, healthcare, and other related areas are preferred. The internship can be paid or used for academic credit. Apply through indeed.com or through the contact form on their website.

Playa Viva is currently seeking two interns to support their organic farming and garden-related projects. The internship focuses primarily on community development and is otherwise loosely structured. Candidates who are self-motivated and comfortable working independently are ideal for these positions. Candidates must be intermediate-fluent in conversational Spanish, and those with experience or a degree in agriculture, horticulture, sustainable development, or a related field are preferred. Interns must commit to at least a three-month minimum internship. Experience working in agriculture, planning projects/programs, and living in Latin American cultures/countries is highly desired. Interns are paid a $100 USD/month living stipend and fed two meals per day Monday through Friday. Accommodations and transportation to and from the Playa Viva hotel are provided. More information and instructions on how to apply can be found in their listing on idealist.org.

The ADB Internship Program provides learning opportunities for graduate students to gain hands-on experience working with an international organization. Applicants must currently be enrolled in graduate- or doctoral-level studies in a field directly related to the organization’s work. They must also be a citizen of one of ADB’s 31 member countries. Internship opportunities vary in location and expertise, ranging from economic development to private-sector investment funds to social development. The internships are paid a stipend based on location and only up to 56 days. Past 56 days, the internship is unpaid unless otherwise arranged by the intern’s academic institution. Interested applicants can apply for the January 2018 session until October 15, 2017 and for the June 2018 session starting on December 1, 2017. The application process is online through ADB’s employment system portal.

MSF-USA offers paid internships in their Communications, Development Program, Human Resources, and Executive departments of their New York office. Internship areas and positions vary from Social Media to Planned Giving to Recruitment to IT and more. Desired experience and expertise varies based on the specific position applied to. Applicants must explicitly state their intention and availability to move to New York City for the duration of the internship and that they are eligible for work in the US. Interns are paid $11/hour and are responsible for finding their own accommodations. The internship program happens in three sessions—Spring, Summer, and Fall. Spring 2018 applications are due by the end of December. Interested applicants can find more information and instructions on their website.