World Bank Young Professionals Program: What you need to know

By Ma. Eliza Villarino 06 May 2016

Youth ask questions during a roundtable discussion with World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo by: Dominic Chavez / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

For more than half a century, the World Bank has been recruiting and training its future leaders through its Young Professionals Program. The program did take a hiatus in 2014 due to an organizational shakeup but started back up again in 2015.

Recently, the program has taken some steps aimed at improving transparency in the selection process. It has updated its website with more guidance to candidates on how they can improve their chances of bagging one of the coveted spots, including tips for interviewing.

The bank also hosts at least one live chat during the application period where interested applicants can ask their questions and have them answered. A recording of the chat is later posted on the program’s website.

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Currently based in New York City, Eliza is a veteran journalist focused on covering the most pressing issues and latest innovations in global health, humanitarian aid, sustainability and development. A member of Mensa, Eliza has earned a master's degree in public affairs and bachelor's degree in political science from the University of the Philippines.

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