World Bank job applications: What you need to know

Workers help improve the roads in Azerbaijan for a better transit and connection to markets. Photo by: Allison Kwesell / World Bank  / CC BY-NC-ND

If you are seeking a career with the World Bank, you are not alone. The bank receives thousands of applications each year from every corner of the globe. In order to stand out, your skill set and work experience must closely match the position you are interested in.

Job opportunities are open to citizens of the bank’s 188 member countries, between the ages of 18 and 60. Countries not on the list include Cuba and North Korea.

If you do not have at least a master’s degree, World Bank employment is a long shot. Even for entry-level work, it is commonly known that the minimal qualification is a master’s degree. As one recruiter put it, “If you don’t have that, there is no point in applying.”

The World Bank offers internship opportunities to students pursuing a graduate degree.

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