Development banks’ young professionals programs: What you need to know

Residents of Gani, Mauritania, pose with new water pump provided, with support of the World Bank, by the Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du Fleuve Sénégal. Young professionals joining a development bank may get involved in such field projects. Photo by: Scott Wallace/World Bank

Each year, major development banks offer opportunities specifically to young professionals. These temporary jobs can serve as a great career stepping stone for those who already have a bit of experience under their belts. The selection process is highly competitive, but successful candidates may just end up with permanent positions.

Those applying for young professionals programs must be fluent in English and have working knowledge of another language that is relevant to the institution’s work. At the Inter-American Development Bank, fluency in Spanish is compulsory, for instance.

About the author

  • Antoine Remise

    Antoine is a former international development correspondent for Devex, based in Paris. He holds a bachelor's in political science from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques of Lille and a master's in development administration and planning from the University College in London. Antoine has conducted researche for development projects in Chile, Senegal and Uganda, notably on education, health, local saving systems and housing issues. He is fluent in French, English and Spanish.