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Every year, around 30 future leaders are accepted into the Young Professionals Program. Young Professionals are recruited from throughout the world, and they represent various academic and professional backgrounds. Young Professionals are hired based on the business needs of the World Bank, with the profile to be “Integrators” and the potential to become future leaders of the institution. YPs spend 24 months in a structured training program, and enjoy a wealth of benefits and opportunities

The Program is designed to attract outstanding, highly qualified, experienced and motivated individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to development, supported by academic success, professional achievement and potential for leadership. The Program recruits through a highly selective and competitive process and then facilitates their rapid integration into the World Bank’s business and culture.

Minimum Requirements

The following are minimum requirements to be eligible for the Young Professionals Program.

  • Be 32 years of age or younger (i.e. born on or after September 30, 1979)
  • Have a Master’s degree or equivalent [?]
  • Be fluent in English
  • Be fully proficient in one or more of the Bank’s working languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish
  • Specialize in a field relevant to the World Bank’s operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, and natural resource management
  • Have at least 3 years of relevant experience at the policy level or continued academic study at the doctoral level.

Additional Qualifications

In order to be competitive for the limited number of positions, a combination of the following credentials is highly desirable:

  • Display a commitment and passion for international development
  • Possess outstanding academic credentials
  • Exhibit excellent client engagement and team leadership skills
  • Have international development country experience
  • Be motivated to relocate and undertake country assignments

Please note that the Young Professionals Program does not recruit individuals with degrees in disciplines such as: Computer Science, HR, Accounting, Marketing, Law and Linguistics unless they are combined with other relevant degrees that are listed above.


* Internationally competitive salary based on their education and professional experience

* Health, Life, Accident and Other Insurance Programs

* Pension plan

* Relocation benefits

Before You Apply

  • You meet the minimum requirements for eligibility before completing your application to the Young Professionals Program
  • You have all the information at hand including key dates and an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV) your application is complete.

Application Checklist

Please use the checklist below to make the online application process easier. Upon applying, you will be asked to register for an account and provide an email address. Note that you must complete your application in a single session – you cannot save an application in progress and can only submit a completed application.

  • Answer all questions completely – please note that you must answer all questions marked with an asterisk (*) as they are required fields
  • Provide the most current contact information. This information should be valid for a period of one year. In case your contact information changes during the selection process, please email usthe updated data
  • Ensure that you have correctly spelled out your e-mail address, since this will be our main source of communication with you regarding your candidacy
  • Remember to enter your complete phone number (country code + city code + number)
  • After you answer all the questions, attach your detailed CV or Resume in English. Please note that the attached CV should be inMicrosoft Word (doc) format, and not password protected
  • Bear in mind that only your first application will be consideredfor the Program.
  • Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make any further changes/updates.
  • Applicants are asked not to contact the Program or Bank staff for information on their application status

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