African Development Bank Paid Internship 2024

Unveiling the Opportunities of the African Development Bank Internship Program


Are you a student searching for a distinctive opportunity to gain hands-on experience within one of Africa’s prominent development institutions? We are thrilled to introduce the 2024 Internship Program – Session I by the African Development Bank. This initiative offers students a valuable chance to develop professional skills, contribute to meaningful projects, and delve into the realm of international development. In this article, we will furnish you with all the vital details you need to know about this exciting prospect.

The African Development Bank, established in 1964, stands as the foremost pan-African development institution. It is committed to fostering economic growth and social advancement throughout the continent. With 81 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries), the Bank holds a pivotal role in providing financial and technical assistance for transformative projects aimed at alleviating poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic progress. The Bank's strategic objectives for the Ten-Year Strategy (2023 – 2032) are concentrated on vital sectors such as energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration, and enhancing the quality of life for Africa's populace. The Internship Program is a fundamental component of the Bank's Talent Management Framework, aligning with the Ten-Year Strategy and High 5s initiatives.

What Makes AfDB Internship Unique?

At AfDB, interns are not mere bystanders; they are active participants in shaping the future of Africa. The program stands out due to its focus on hands-on experience, mentorship, and professional development.

The Internship Program for 2024 has two primary objectives:

  1. Provide Professional Experience: This program aims to give students the chance to acquire practical and professional experience at the African Development Bank.
  2. Talent Pool: By offering this internship, the Bank intends to establish a pool of potential candidates for future recruitment opportunities within the organization.

It is crucial to understand that although the internship offers valuable experience, participation in the program does not ensure immediate employment with the Bank.

Eligible Fields: 

To qualify for this program, candidates should be enrolled in academic disciplines related to the Bank’s job families. These disciplines encompass Economics, Agriculture, Private Sector Development, Human Capital Development (Education and Health), Environment, Finance, Infrastructure Development, Human Resources Management, Information Technology, Communications, Law, Internal Audit, Budget, Governance, or any other field considered pertinent to the Bank’s operations. Students actively engaged in projects directly aligned with the Bank’s mission will receive special consideration.

Eligible Countries: All African Countries



Period: 3-6 months

Place: online/on-site


1- salary per month

2- Medical insurance

3- Assist to get the VISA


Eligibility Requirements:

To qualify for the internship, applicants must meet these conditions:

  1. Age Limit: Applicants must be adults in their home country and should not be older than thirty (30) years when the internship program begins.
  2. Enrollment: Candidates must be currently studying for a master's degree in a recognized public or private college or university.
  3. Timing: Applicants can apply for an internship within one (1) year after completing their master's degree.
  4. Nationality: Candidates must be citizens of the African Development Bank's member countries.
  5. Documentation: Applicants need to provide a letter from their school confirming their enrollment or a copy of their degree.
  6. Language Skills: Proficiency in either English or French, the Bank's two working languages, is required.
  7. Computer Skills: Applicants should be able to use standard software like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access. Knowledge of SAP (a type of software) is desirable

Important notes: 

  • Interns may work remotely or on-site, depending on the needs of their hiring units. Remote interns are expected to have access to a personal computer, a reliable internet connection, and a conducive working environment.
  • On-site interns are responsible for their air travel to and from the Bank’s location, as well as their living expenses.

Strategic Focus areas:


The specific disciplines and specialist professional areas are aligned to the Bank’s Ten-Year Strategy (TYS) and the gender strategy.  In addition to the fields that are in the job families of the Bank, focus will be on the following areas:

  • Power, Energy, Climate, and Green Growth
  • Agriculture, Human & Social Development
  • Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization
  • Economics, Statistics
  • Governance and Knowledge Management
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Human Resources and Corporate Services: IT, Language Services, General Services & Procurement, HR Management
  • Audit, Anti-Corruption
  • Evaluation
  • Communication & External Relations
  • Public Relations
  • Gender
  • Environmental and Social Assessment

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