South African World Bank Internships.

South African World Bank Internships.

If you feel this is you, the World Bank may have what you seek!  They seek talented, motivated and highly successful candidates who want to improve not only themselves, but who want to make the world a better place for all.  Successful candidates will be able to grow within a diverse environment.  Interns will have the opportunity to receive expert coaching, hands-on training and learn from exposure to challenges.  They will be rewarded with knowledge of poverty reduction and international development.


They seek candidates in specialized areas, relevant to the operations of the World Bank.  These include finance, public health, education, economics, population, human resources, nutrition, social science, sociology, agriculture, anthropology, business development, private sector development in addition to the environment and so much more.

Candidates who have prior work experience, computer skills along with language skills and can communicate in more than one, excluding English, as it is a requirement, will have an added advantage.  There is no set age restriction for applicants, nonetheless, candidates must have completed their undergraduate studies.  They are also required to be enrolled for their graduate study program, or be studying as in a graduate program, pursuing a master’s degree.  They must be committed to returning and completing their studies, as full time students.

The students benefit by the invaluable experience and knowledge they will gain, where the Bank benefits by the assistance from a diversity of candidates, each with their own ideas and knowledge.  Many students also gain personal and professional relationships that could be beneficial during their lives.  This internships offered by the World Bank is made available to nationals / citizens, from countries who are member countries of the Bank.  It attracts large amounts of skilled candidates from all over the world, therefore only the best of the best will be selected.

Most of the internships offered by the World Bank are only for a duration of 4 weeks to 3 months.  Internships will be done at the World Bank in Washington D.C., however they may also use candidates in country offices if needed.  Once your internship has been completed, the Bank may extend it if they feel the need to do so.  Interns will receive an hourly paid stipends, where applicable.  They will cover travel expenses where needed, but candidates will be responsible for their own living arraignments within Washington.

The interns that have completed their time with this program have found it to not only be rewarding, but also interesting and unique.  This program offers successful candidates an opportunity to gain valuable knowledge.  Furthermore it also offers exceptional experiences internationally.  It gives candidates a taste of what goes on globally.

World Bank Internships Available

The World Bank internships offers a diversity of fields each year, here are some that may be of interest to you, conditional to your expected career:

  • Economics
  • Human Development
  • Social Science
  • Finance
  • Public Health
  • Environment
  • Agriculture
  • Population
  • Sociology
  • Private Sector Development
  • Education

Internships Requirements

Applications are accepted yearly for a selection of internships.  Candidates with a knowledge of languages will be preferred.  These languages include Arabic, Chinese, Russian, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Candidates will also be required to have the following:

  • Candidates must hold a valid Matric certificate
  • Candidates must be a South African citizen
  • Candidates must hold a valid ID book/card
  • Candidates must hold a diploma or degree form a recognized institute of higher learning
  • Candidates must be MS as well as computer literate
  • Must be proficient in English (read, write & speak)
  • Candidates must not hold any kind of criminal record

Relevant work experience will be an advantage.  Candidates are urged to please ensure all documentation is certified and copies attached to their application.  Incomplete applications, or those with missing documentation will not be considered.


World Bank internships online applications processes are made available twice during the year.  Candidates wishing to apply can register HERE, log in and submit their application, curriculum vitae along with all required documentation.

For any additional information candidates can visit their webpage.

Closing Dates

The World Bank internship closing dates are available twice a year.  This is due to their summer and winter internship opportunities.

For the summer internships the opening date is the first of December each year, and they close the end of January of the following year.

For the winter internship the opening date is the first of September each year, and they close the end of October in the same year.

Please note that all applications must be submitted online.  Application not submitted online or that are send after the deadlines, will not be considered.