Asia Development Bank Internship Program 2016 – Manila, Philippines

Asia Development Bank Internship Program 2016 – Manila, Philippines

Deadline: March 15, 2016

The Asia Development Bank (ADB) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Internship Program in Manila, Philippines. The ADB Internship Program is a project-oriented learning opportunity for graduate students to gain experience through research assignments based on ADB’s current operational needs. It helps ADB enhance a platform to exchange and generate knowledge with external partners. It also enables ADB to identify potential future staff.

Internship Details

Duration: The duration should be a minimum of eight (8) weeks (56 days) and a maximum of 26 weeks or six (6) months for one internship assignment.

ADB advertises internship assignments three times per year and welcomes motivated, open-minded, and self-directed individuals to apply. The internship program offers the opportunity to:

  • work in a major international development organization;
  • work collaboratively with experienced professionals from over 50 different countries;
  • gain a deeper understanding of development finance and the impact of the work ADB does; and
  • contribute to ADB’s business through research outputs.

Stipends and other Cost

  • Stipend is provided to all interns according to the location of internships up to 56 calendar days. Interns may choose to work beyond 56 calendar days in agreement with the designated supervisors, but without stipend. Exception to receiving stipend would be interns who fall under the special arrangement category between select schools and ADB.
  • Upon intern’s appointment, ADB provides a limited amount to cover part of the airfare travel cost should air travel be necessary between the internship location and the authorized point of origin (i.e. school location).
  • Interns are to shoulder accommodation and transportation; part of the airfare and food expense. Interns are provided with an I-Pay card; these are pre-loaded cards with a limited monetary value to cover food expenses at the ADB Cafeteria Dining Facility for Manila-based internships. Interns assigned to Field Offices are provided with cash food allowance.
  • Also, the purchase of a comprehensive insurance coverage for the entire period of the internship prior to departure to Manila is a strict requirement.


Internship candidates must:

  • be enrolled in a Master’s- or PhD-level program at a school in one of the ADB member nations, both prior to and after the internship assignment;
  • be engaged in academic study in a field directly related to ADB’s work;
  • be a national of one of ADB’s member countries;
  • possess an excellent command of English; and
  • have professional experience relevant to the assignment.

ADB does not accept applications from close relatives of ADB personnel. Past interns are ineligible to apply for another internship with ADB.

Eligible Countries

Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Cook Islands, People’s Republic of China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Fiji, Hong Kong, China, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, the Republic of Korea, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taipei,China, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States

Selection Process

Eligible candidates apply through the ADB Recruitment Center (ARC).

  • ADB announces the assignments on the website and candidates choose assignments of interest.
  • Candidates apply through ARC, prepare for their CVs and answer the essay questions.
    • All documents (CV and Essay) are uploaded to ARC to complete application.
    • Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.
  • ADB evaluates applications based on: eligibility requirements, relevance of academic study and work experience; and the level of interest and motivation to contribute to development work. ADB also considers institutional representation, gender, and nationality balance in the over-all intern selection process.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

How to Apply

The internship application process is online through the ADB Recruitment Center.

Application period for the 2016 Internship Program:

  • 1st batch: 1 February – 15 March 2016
    • On board: June 2016 onwards
  • 2nd batch: 1 August – 30 September 2016
    • On board: December 2016 onwards

For more information, visit ADB Internship Program.