Internship

Internship at IFAD

Three quarters of the poorest people in the world live in the rural areas of developing countries. Most of them depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Climate change, a growing global population, and volatile food and energy prices have the potential to push millions more vulnerable people into extreme poverty and hunger by 2030. At the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) we invest in rural people, empowering them to increase their food security, improve the nutrition of their families and increase their incomes. We help them build resilience, expand their businesses and take charge of their own development.

The Internship Programme and the Enhanced Internship Programme (EIP) offer a learning experience of six months to recent university graduates or students who are specializing in areas of work relevant to IFAD’s mission.

Our mission is to promote accountability and learning through independent, credible an useful evaluations of IFAD's work. Our vision drives us to increase the impact of IFAD's Operation through excellence in evaluation. Our office conducts independent evaluation of rural development projects, country programmes as well as thematic evaluations in developing countries. Read more

Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • be enrolled in a university or graduate school, have attended courses in the last 12 months, and have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies when joining IFAD through the programme or;
  • have recently completed university studies at the undergraduate or postgraduate level;
  • be fluent in English; fluency in other IFAD official languages is an asset. In the case of interns recruited in IFAD country office locations, fluency in the main country language may be required;
  • be 30 years of age or younger.

The EIP, in particular, is designed to enhance geographic distribution of staff at IFAD and is open to candidates who meet the above eligibility criteria and who are not based in Rome. In addition to a monthly allowance, EIP interns receive a housing and travel allowance. To apply, please register as an Intern in our applicant system.