Climate Change Division (2017 Winter Internship Program)

Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸



Established in 1959, the Inter-American Development Bank (“IDB” or “Bank”) is the main source of financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. It provides loans, grants, guarantees, policy advice and technical assistance to the public and private sectors of its borrowing countries.

The objective of the IDB’s Climate Change Division (CSD/CCS) is to provide support to the operations of the IDB group in renewable energy and energy efficiency, biofuels, climate change mitigation and adaptation in the IDB beneficiary countries. The Division provides both technical cooperation support as well as financial support through various activities: design of financing of climate change adaptation and mitigation projects, including enhancement of use of carbon markets, guarantees, debt and equity products; analytical/advisory services; project preparation support; risk management instruments; mainstreaming climate change across its portfolio, and capacity building. 

The Climate Change and Sustainability Division is looking for and intern to support the activities related to the sustainable infrastructure and sustainable landscapes initiatives into the IDB Group’s operations.

Internship Objective 

The purpose of the Internship program is to provide an opportunity for university students to learn about the operations of the IDB, and to acquire work experience at the professional level through on-the-job training during their summer vacation before returning to their studies.  

Description of Activities

  • Collaborate with Bank and non-Bank partners on the implementation of sustainability projects. Keep track of projects implementation, including supporting the logistics and organization of meetings and field missions as required.

  • Prepare meeting reports, progress reports, and a final report of activities undertaken in the period of the internship.

  • Work with multi-disciplinary teams in the design and/or implementation of new projects or initiatives

  • Assist researchers in the preparation of research papers, reports and presentations.

  • Identify, compile and organize databases.

  • Perform econometric and statistical analyses as needed.

  • Help organize and participate in academic discussions on research findings.

  • A citizen of one of the Bank’s member countries.
  • A current student working towards a PhD, Master’s degree or post-graduate program, in areas related to sustainability, climate change, engineering, economics, public administration or other related field, in an accredited university.Knowledge of the Latin American context is a plus.

  • Good knowledge of economic principles and data analysis.

  • Knowledge of climate change and sustainability basic concepts, and principles of finance (especially regarding climate finance), is highly desirable.

  • Languages: Excellent verbal and written communications skills in English, including the ability to develop both persuasive and informative material for a variety of internal and external purposes. Knowledge of Spanish and/or Portuguese is highly desirable.

  • Graduation date cannot be prior to March 15th of 2017.

  • Has not reached age 31 by January 1st, of 2017 (Age requirement under the diversity initiative is 33).

  • Candidates hired in the past under any employment program of the IDB do not qualify.

  • Family members or close relatives of IDB employees are not eligible. This restriction applies to candidates within and including the fourth degree of consanguinity and the second degree of affinity.

  • Computer Skills: Good command of Microsoft Office tools and econometrics software such as Stata or R. 


  • Category and modality: Temporary Term Contractual, Internship.

  • Contract duration: two months

  • Place of work: Headquarters (only)

  • Date to start: January 16th, 2017

  • Date to finish: March 15th, 2017  

Payment and Conditions 

  • Interns receive a stipend of an amount determined annually.

  • Selected candidates are responsible for the costs associated with their relocation to/from the Bank’s Headquarters in Washington, DC, as well as for providing proof of medical coverage for the duration of the internship.

  • For non-US citizens, the Bank provides support in the process of obtaining a G-IV visa, however if the student is unable to obtain such visa or work permit to work at the IDB, the internship offer will be canceled.  

Consanguinity: Individuals with relatives working for the IDB within, and including the fourth degree of consanguinity and the second degree of affinity are not eligible for internships. Candidates must be citizens of a member country of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Diversity: The IDB is committed to diversity and inclusion and to providing equal opportunities in internships. We embrace diversity on the basis of gender, age, education, national origin, ethnic origin, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, and HIV/AIDs status. We encourage women, Afro-descendants and persons of indigenous origins to apply.

Primary Location

: HQ-US-Washington DC

Job Posting

: Sep 28, 2016, 8:00:00 AM

Closing Date

: Oct 17, 2016, 5:59:00 AM
Contact Name – External
: Jobs Online
Contact Email – External
: [email protected]