Winter Internship Program: Water and Sanitation Division of the Infrastructure and Environment Sector Graduate Intern (Consultant)

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

Washington, D.C., USA 🇺🇸


Water and Sanitation (WSA) is looking for an active graduate student (Master or Ph.D.) with knowledge in civil or environmental engineering (or similar). With experience in solid waste management and / or circular economy to be hired as a Winter Intern under the Consultant modality.

The team’s mission:

WSA Division seeks to ensure universal and sustainable access to high-quality water, sanitation and solid waste management services to contribute. To the sustainable economic growth of our member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and a better quality of life for their citizens.

What you’ll do:

The Consultant will undertake the following activities:

  • Support the compilation of information, analysis and preparation of documents, products and indicators defined in the work plan of the solid waste team of the WSA Division.
  • Support the development of knowledge products (operational guides, manuals, research articles, technical notes, etc.) of the WSA Division on Solid Waste.
  • Attend work meetings of the technical cooperation (TCs) being executed by the IDB (together with the INE/WSA team) in the area of solid waste. Preparation of summaries of agreements and discussions of those meetings.
  • Review and systematization of all the terms of reference (ToRs) available for the last 10 years in IDB solid waste projects, and their systematic classification.
  • Preparation of one or two blogs on solid waste management issues in Latin America, based on ongoing work by the IDB.

What you’ll need: To be part of the Program you need all the following requirements:

Citizenship: Being a national of an IDB member country.

Education: A master’s degree or Ph.D. student, having 50% of the coursework approved in Civil, or Environmental Engineering (or similar) in an accredited University. The graduation date cannot be prior to March 15, 2022.

Languages: Be proficient in English and preferably with practical knowledge of one of the Bank’s additional official languages (e.g., Spanish, Portuguese, or French).

Age: Be between 21 and 33 years of age as of the starting date of the internship.

Technical SkillsProven knowledge in solid waste management.

Soft Skills:  Great teammate, inclusive, innovative, creative, client-centered, results-oriented, with strong communication skills.

Consanguinity: Not have family members (up to the fourth degree of consanguinity and second degree of affinity, including spouse) working at the IDB Group.

The first contract at the IDB Group: Be a first-time participant in our Internship Program and do not have been a former staff member, Complementary Workforce (“CW”), contractor, or have previously provided services to the Bank or the Corporation through a contractor or under any other contractual modality.

In addition, be aware that applicants will be disqualified if:

  • Apply to more than three (3) vacancies in the 2022 Winter Internship Program for IDB, IDB Lab, and IDB Invest.
  • Do not submit academic transcripts as an attachment to the application, demonstrating a minimum of 50% of coursework completion and has been issued within the last 3 months (valid for graduate students only).

Opportunity Summary: 

Type of contract: Consultant, Intern.

Length of contract: Two months. January 16 to March 15, 2022 (fixed dates)

Location: IDB Headquarters in Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Responsible Person: Senior Specialists of INE / WSA.

Our culture: Our people are committed and passionate about improving lives in LAC, and they get to do what they love in a diverse, collaborative and stimulating work environment. We are the first LAC development institution to be awarded the EDGE certification, recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality. As an intern you can be part of internal resource groups that connect our diverse community around common interests.

Because we are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, LGBTQ+, persons with disabilities, afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job interview process and to perform the estimated tasks.

About usAt the Inter-American Development Bank, we’re committed to improving lives. Since 1959, we’ve been a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in LAC. We do more than lending though. We partner with our 48 member countries to provide LAC with cutting-edge research about relevant development issues, policy advice to inform their decisions, and technical assistance to improve on the planning and execution of projects. For this, we need people who not only have the right skills, but also are passionate about improving lives.

About the Internship Program: It is a competitive paid opportunity, based in HQ. It provides practical experience for university students to learn about development work and corporate management of the Bank, and to acquire work experience at the professional level through on-the-job learning.

Visa and Work Permit: The Bank, pursuant to applicable policies, may submit a visa request to the applicable immigration authorities; however, the granting of the visa is at the discretion of the immigration authorities. Notwithstanding, it is the responsibility of the applicant to get the correspondent visa or work permits required by the authorities. If an applicant cannot obtain it the internship offer will be rescinded.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and its implications for our Region, the IDB Group is reviewing its hiring needs and re-prioritizing its areas of talent acquisition. We encourage applicants to continue to apply to the active postings, yet current job openings may be subject to further decisions in terms of timing of the processes, or other actions, in accordance with business needs. Final hiring decisions may also be conditioned to the applicant’s ability to timely relocate to the post of duty at the moment of starting service.

Our team in Human Resources carefully reviews all applications.Additional Information

  • External Opening Date: Oct 1, 2021
  • External Closing Date: Oct 13, 2021
  • External Contact Email: [email protected]
  • External Contact Name: HR Service Center
  • Job Field: Office Support





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