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World Bank Legal Internships for International Law Students 2024

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Opportunity Details

Globally, the World Bank Legal Internship Program is open to exceptionally driven legal students. This opportunity is provided by the World Bank Legal Vice Presidency to enhance the student’s exposure to the activities of the World Bank and the Legal Voice Presidency. Additionally, it enables people to contribute fresh viewpoints, innovative concepts, and the most recent research experiences to the World Bank’s everyday operations and improve their legal knowledge and proficiency while working in a multicultural setting.

Students will collaborate closely with exceptional and motivating development specialists and top management as members of the World Bank team. During the internship, they will also have the opportunity to assist with the Legal Vice Presidency’s legal services and take part in prestigious conferences and events.


Brief Details:

  • Application Periods:
  1. Application Period for Fall Cycle 2023: 1– 30 April 2023
  2. Application Period for Spring Cycle: 1– 30 September 2023
  3. Application Period for Summer Cycle: 1– 31 December 2023
  • Duration: 3-Months (Maximum)
  1. Fall: 10 – 12 weeks between September and November
  2. Spring: 10 – 12 weeks between March and May
  3. Summer: 10 – 12 weeks between June and August

Benefits of the World Bank Legal Internship Program

Interns will benefit from the program as follows:

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  • The program provides students with direct experience of the daily operations of the World Bank by working with staff in legal voice presidency.
  • Participants will work directly with World Bank’s inspiring development experts and senior management to contribute to the legal services delivered by L.V.P.
  • Gain experience in the form of externships during the academic year while enrolled in a law program.
  • Participate in special events and conferences held by the World Bank.

Important Note: The world bank does not pay any remuneration to interns, and students participating in the World Bank Legal Internship Program are responsible for securing appropriate funding sources for the duration of their internships paid by a university or sponsoring organization.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants meeting the below requirements are eligible to apply for the World Bank Legal Internship Program:

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  • Hold citizenship of an International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) member country, including Afghanistan.
  • Be currently pursuing a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.), Juris Doctor (JD), Master of Laws (L.M.), Doctor of Juridical Science (S.J.D.), Ph.D., or equivalent degree.
  • Demonstrate an excellent command of the English language.
  • Those who have a good command of a second language, mainly if that is a W.B. working language, will be given preference.

Duties of the Interns

During the Internship Program, interns will likely engage in a diverse range of tasks as they arise. These tasks may include:

1. Carrying out various legal assignments under the guidance of the supervising lawyer(s).
2. Conducting research on designated topics/issues using available legal documents and alternative sources (like online searches, intranet, databases), analyzing collected data, and presenting summarized outcomes.
3. Performing comparative assessments of legal matters within a specific field, recognizing legal and policy-related concerns, investigating relevant past cases, and suggesting suitable resolutions.
4. Collaborating in teams for specific tasks or projects under the supervision of lawyer(s).
5. Aiding in the planning and coordination of seminars and gatherings.
6. Fulfilling unplanned assignments upon request from the overseeing lawyer(s).

Required Documents for World Bank Legal Internship Program

Candidates should prepare and submit the following required documents:

  • Résumé
  • Statement of Interest/motivation
  • Evidence of enrolment in university in a law degree and academic transcript(s).
  • Short essay answering the Legal Vice Presidency research question for the prevailing application period.


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