IFAD Internship Programme

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

The Internship Programme is a learning assignment of a professional nature that at promoting amongst the participants a better understanding of the United Nations and IFAD's work. Interns are fully involved in the work of the Division that has selected them to carry out assignments relevant to their studies under the supervision of a professionalIFAD staff member.

The Enhanced Internship Programme, in particular, is designed to enhance geographic distribution of staff at IFAD and is open to candidates who meet the below eligibility criteria and who are not residing in Rome.


To apply for the internship programme you must:

  • Be enrolled in an accredited 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 completed their university studies at an accredited university at the undergraduate or postgraduate level within the last 12 months.
  • Be 30 years old or less.


Applications must be submitted through IFAD's online recruitment system. Interns will be selected for positions as and when needed by hiring managers at IFAD. Candidates will be contacted by interested IFAD divisions.

Terms of employment

Participants in the Internship Programme will be paid a monthly allowance based on a percentage of the January Daily Subsistence Allowance of the assigned duty station. Participants in the Enhanced Internship Programme Programme that are not recruited in their country of permanent residence will receive a housing and travel allowance in addition to the monthly allowance.

Interns must carry their own medical insurance coverage valid worldwide or in the duty station of assignment.

Internship assignments will be limited to a maximum cumulative period of six months, with no possibility of extension or hiring under any other contractual type. A former participant in the Internship Programme can be re-engaged as a consultant or appointed to any fixed-term (after competition) or short-term positions including national professional positions, no sooner than six months after the end date of the internship. Family members, other than recognized spouses or domestic partners are not eligible for this programme.