African Development Bank (AfDB) Virtual Internship Program 2022 – Session II for Young Africans (Monthly Stipend Available)

Application deadline: September 1, 2022

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 81 Member States, of which 54 are in Africa (Regional Member Countries). The Bank’s development program provides financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth. In order to accurately target the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater development impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely: energy, agro-industry, industrialization, integration and improvement of the quality of life of Africans. The internship program is part of a broader talent management framework that enables the Bank to implement the 10-year strategy and the High 5s.

Program participants are selected on a competitive basis, based on the Bank’s business needs.


The main objectives of the program are:

  • Provide students with the opportunity to gain professional and practical experience at the African Development Bank.
  • Provide the Bank with a pool of potential candidates for future recruitment.

However, applicants should not expect the internship to immediately lead to employment with the Bank.

Fields of study required for the internship:

  • The fields of study from which the interns are selected must belong to the Bank’s job families, in particular economics, agriculture, private sector development, human capital development (education and health), l environment, finance, infrastructure development, human resource management, information technology. , Communications, Law, Internal Audit, Budget, Governance or any other field of study that the Bank may deem relevant to its operations.
  • Particular attention will be given to students working on projects directly related to the Bank’s mission.

Eligibility criteria:

To be eligible for the internship, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have reached the age of majority in his/her country of nationality or origin and not be more than thirty (30) years old at the time of the start of the internship program.
  • Be currently enrolled in a master’s level program at a recognized public or private higher education institution.
  • The candidate can apply for an internship within one (1) year after obtaining such a degree.
  • Be nationals of member countries of the African Development Bank.
  • Provide a letter from their school confirming their enrollment or a copy of the aforementioned diploma. Applicants must be fluent in at least one of the Bank’s two working languages ​​(English or French).
  • Be able to use the Bank’s standard software packages (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access); knowledge of SAP is desirable

Terms and conditions

  • Internships are granted to each candidate for a period of at least three (3) months and at most six (6) months. The internship is authorized only once for a candidate.
  • Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, interns will not be required to travel to the duty station. The internship must be carried out remotely from the respective places of the interns. As such, interns should have access to a personal computer, a reliable internet connection, and a conducive living environment that facilitates smooth and uninterrupted remote work.
  • In some cases, and in particular when the tasks and responsibilities to be entrusted to trainees cannot be carried out remotely, the Bank may exceptionally approve on-site training. In such cases:
  • interns are responsible for their air travel (if applicable) to and from the Bank’s headquarters as well as their maintenance.
  • Only trainees fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are allowed to access Bank premises.
  • the Bank will make reasonable efforts to assist the trainees concerned in obtaining their entry and residence visas.
  • Eligible interns will benefit from medical insurance coverage paid by the Bank for the duration of their internship.
  • Eligible interns will receive a monthly stipend.

Areas of strategic intervention:

Specific disciplines and specialized professional areas are aligned with the Bank’s Ten Year Strategy (TYS) and Gender Strategy. In addition to the areas that are part of the Bank’s job families, emphasis will be placed on the following areas:

  • Electricity, energy, climate and green growth
  • Agriculture, human and social development
  • Private sector, infrastructure and industrialization
  • Economy, Statistics
  • Governance and knowledge management
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Human Resources and General Services: IT, Language Services, General Services and Purchasing, Human Resources Management
  • Audit, Anti-Corruption
  • Evaluation
  • Communication & External Relations
  • Public relations
  • Genre
  • Environmental and social assessment

Application procedure:

  • Applicants will only be considered if they submit a complete application online and attach a complete Curriculum Vitae (CV).
  • The Bank is organizing two (2) internship sessions during the year 2022. The selection for session 1 of the 2022 internship program has been finalized and the interns are already on board. This announcement therefore concerns session 2 which will take place from August 2022 to December 2022
  • If you are having technical difficulties submitting your application, please send an email with a precise description of the problem and/or a screenshot showing the problem to: HR Direct [email protected]

For more information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the AfDB Virtual Internship Program 2022 – Session II

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