Applications now open for World Bank Legal Internship Program 2023


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Program Overview

Applications are now open for the 2023 Summer Cycle of the popular World Bank Legal Internship Program.

The internship program allows international students some unique experiences into the World Bank’s daily operations and improve their legal skills while working in a multicultural environment at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

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About the World Bank Legal Internship Program

The World Bank Legal Internship Program is offered thrice a year for a period of maximum three months at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

It is also sometimes offered in certain selected country offices for currently enrolled law school students.

The objective of the program is to provide the successful applicants first-hand experiences of the day-to-day operations of the World Bank by closely collaborating with staff in the Legal Vice Presidency.

The interns do this by working directly with outstanding and inspiring development professionals and senior management at World Bank.

Interns also get the chance to contribute to the legal services offered by the Legal Vice Presidency as well as participate in high-profile events and conferences organized during the term of your internship.

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Minimum requirements for the program

The minimum requirements for you to apply are that you must

  • hold citizenship of any IBRD member state
  • be enrolled in an LLB, JD, LLM, SJD, PhD, or equivalent legal academic program while you would be undertaking your internship with the World Bank
  • possess an excellent command of the English language

Note that preference is be given to candidates who possess a decent command of a second language, especially if that is one of the working languages of IBRD (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish).

Applications from eligible international as well as U.S.-based students are equally encouraged.

Duties of interns

During the program, the interns will carry out various tasks as they arise, such as:

  • Conducting a variety of legal assignments under the direction of the supervising lawyer(s).
  • Conducting research on assigned issues, using existing law files and alternative sources (e.g., computer-assisted searches using the internet, intranet and/or other databases), analyzing information, and summarizing findings.
  • Conducting comparative legal analyses on a range of issues in a given area, identifying legal and policy issues, researching relevant precedents, and proposing appropriate solutions.
  • Participating in task/project teams with the supervising lawyer(s).
  • Assisting in the preparation and organization of conferences and meetings.
  • Performing ad hoc assignments as requested by the supervising lawyer(s).
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Key dates

For the ongoing Summer Internship Program, the application period began on December 1 and ends on December 31, 2022.

The actual internship period is for 10-12 weeks, between June and August 2022. These weeks present an excellent opportunity for students looking to gain full-time professional experiences at the World Bank during the summer months while enrolled in a law program.

How to Apply

Please submit the below documents through this link:

  • Résumé
  • Statement of Interest
  • Proof of enrollment in a law degree (LLB, JD, LLM, SJD, PhD, or equivalent) and academic transcript(s).
  • Short essay providing a response to a research question posed by the Legal Vice Presidency for the prevailing application period.

Additional Information

Visa:  Students partaking in the World Bank Legal Internship Program must have valid student visa documents sponsored by their educational institutions.

The World Bank shall only assist attainment of visa documents for participants of the World Bank Legal Internship Program in exceptional cases.

Cost: The World Bank shall not remunerate participants of the World Bank Legal Internship Program in the form of monetary fees/compensation. 

Hence, students partaking in the World Bank Legal Internship Program must secure appropriate funding sources for the duration of their internships.

Medical Insurance:  World Bank Legal Interns are responsible for their own medical insurance and any cost(s) arising from accidents and/or illness incurred during the internship period and must show proof of a valid major global medical insurance coverage.

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Evaluations on Performance:  The World Bank shall not provide evaluation on the performance of participants in the World Bank’s Legal Internship Program.

Please note that applying or partaking in the World Bank Legal Internship Program does not constitute a promise or guarantee of employment at the World Bank upon completion of the Program.

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Closing date: 31 December 2022

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