Asian Development Bank Research Internship 2021

Applications are now open for the Asian Development Bank or ADB Internship 2021 for graduate students to gain experience through research assignments based on ADB’s current operational needs.
Asian Development Bank Research Internship 2021
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About ADB

Asian Development Bank (ADB) is an international development finance institution headquartered in Manila, Philippines. ADB’s mission is to reduce poverty and promote sustainable economic growth in the region. ADB’s main instruments for helping their developing member countries are policy dialogue, loans, equity investments, guarantees, grants, and technical assistance.

About the Internship Program

The Internship Program is a project-oriented learning opportunity for graduate students to gain experience through research assignments based on ADB’s current operational needs. ADB advertises internship assignments twice a year and welcomes motivated, open-minded, and self-directed individuals to apply.


  • 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.


The interested candidate 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 members;

  • possess an excellent command of English; and

  • have professional experience relevant to the assignment.

How to Apply?

Eligible candidates apply through the ADB Career and Employment System (ACES).

  • ADB announces the assignments on the website and candidates choose assignments of interest.

  • Candidates apply through ACES, prepare for their CVs and answer the essay questions.

    • All documents (CV and essay) are uploaded to ACES to complete application.

    • Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

    • To avoid errors in submission, applicants are advised not to wait until the last day of the application period in submitting their internship applications.

  • 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.

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