Unlocking World Bank Legal Internship Opportunities

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Are you a highly motivated law student seeking a transformative experience? The World Bank Legal Vice Presidency offers you a unique chance to immerse yourself in its mission and work. Our Legal Internship Program not only enriches your legal skills but also broadens your horizons, all while you work in a vibrant, multicultural environment.

Qualifying as an Intern

Do you hold citizenship in an IBRD member state? Are you currently enrolled in an LLB, JD, LLM, SJD, PhD, or an equivalent legal academic program while considering an internship? Is your command of the English language excellent? If your answer to all these questions is ‘yes,’ you qualify to be an intern in the Legal Vice Presidency. Candidates with a strong grasp of a second language, especially one of IBRD’s working languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, or Spanish), will receive preference.

Open to All Aspirants

Applications from eligible international and U.S.-based students are equally encouraged, fostering a diverse community of interns.


Internship Program Periods

  • Summer Internship Program: Apply from December 1 to December 31. Gain 10-12 weeks of professional experience at World Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C., typically between June and August. Ideal for students enrolled in full-time law programs during the summer.
  • Fall Internship Program: Apply from April 1 to April 30. Experience 10-12 weeks of externships between September and November, aligning with the academic year for full-time law program students or those in part-time and evening programs.
  • Spring Internship Program: Apply from September 1 to September 30. Embark on 10-12 weeks of externships between March and May, aligning with the academic year for full-time law program students or those in part-time and evening programs.

Applying for Internship at Country Offices

Internships at country offices are limited to locations where a Legal Vice Presidency lawyer is present.

The Application Process

To apply, submit the following documents through the provided link:

  1. Résumé
  2. Statement of Interest
  3. Proof of enrollment in a law degree program (LLB, JD, LLM, SJD, PhD, or equivalent) and academic transcripts.
  4. Short essay responding to a research question posed by the Legal Vice Presidency for the current application period.

Internship Roles

Interns will engage in a variety of tasks during the program:

  • Conducting legal assignments under supervising lawyers’ guidance.
  • Performing research on assigned issues, analyzing information, and summarizing findings.
  • Conducting comparative legal analyses and proposing solutions.
  • Participating in task/project teams.
  • Assisting in conference and meeting preparations.
  • Handling ad hoc assignments as requested.

Additional Information

  • Visa: World Bank Legal Internship Program participants must have valid student visas sponsored by their educational institutions. The World Bank will assist with visa documents in exceptional cases.
  • Cost: The World Bank does not provide monetary compensation. Students should secure funding or academic credit through their universities.
  • Medical Insurance: Interns are responsible for their medical insurance and related costs.
  • Selection Process: World Bank Legal Interns are selected through a competitive process, and the organization is an equal opportunity employer.
  • Onboarding: A brief onboarding session will be organized at the beginning of each program term.
  • Performance Evaluation: The World Bank does not provide performance evaluations for interns.

Please note that applying or participating in the World Bank Legal Internship Program does not guarantee employment at the World Bank upon completion.


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