IDB announces 2017 Summer Internship Program for students of interpreting

The Interpretation Section of the IDB (Washington) offers students a chance to acquire work experience at the professional level through on-the-job training before returning to their studies.


At the Inter-American Development Bank, we’re devoted to improving lives. Since 1959, we’ve been a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social, and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. We do more than lending though. We partner with our 48 member countries to provide Latin America and the Caribbean 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.

Working with us you will be surrounded by a diverse group of people who have years of experience in all types of development fields, including transportation, health, gender and diversity, communications and much more.

The Interpretation Section (SEC/INP) provides simultaneous interpretation for all the meetings of the Board of Governors, the Board of Executive Directors of the IDB and the IIC the Donors Committee of the MIF as well as for select Senior Management Committees. It is also exclusively responsible for contracting simultaneous interpretation services for other events, sponsored or co-sponsored by Bank departments, upon request. Such events may include conferences, lectures, and seminars.

Our team consists of one chief interpreter, two staff interpreters, and a roster of 30+ freelance interpreters.

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

  • An opportunity for novice/student interpreters to experience the behind-the-scenes work of staff interpreters.
  • Attend meetings and practice in a silent booth.
  • Receive coaching from staff and freelance interpreters.
  • Develop terminology and prepare glossaries.


  • A citizen of one of the Bank's member countries.
  • A current student working towards a PhD, Master's degree or graduate program in  Simultaneous Interpretation, in an accredited university.
  • Graduation date cannot be prior to August 15th of 2017.
  • Proficient in at least one of the official languages of the Bank (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French), preferably with a working knowledge of a second one.
  • 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.
  • Candidates with more than 5 applications will be automatically disqualified.


  • Category and modality: Temporary Term Contractual, Internship
  • Contract duration: two months
  • Place of work: Headquarters (only)
  • Date to start: June 16th, 2017
  • Date to finish: August 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-4 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.

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 candidate to obtain the necessary visa or work permits required by the authorities of the country(ies) in which the services will be rendered to the Bank. If a candidate cannot obtain a visa or work permit to render services to the Bank the internship offer will be rescinded.


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.


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.

Direct any questions about the program to


Primary Location

  • HQ US Washington DC

Closing Date

  • March 24th 2017, 11:59:00 PM

Contact Email - External


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