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World Bank Group Young Professionals Program (WBG YPP) - United States

World Bank Group Young Professionals Program (WBG YPP)

Applications are invited for World Bank Group Young Professionals Program (WBG YPP) paid careers on behalf of three institutions (the World BankIFC and MIGA).


The World Bank Group Young Professionals Program (WBG YPP) is a two-year leadership development program at the start of a five-year employment contract with the World Bank, IFC or MIGA. Young Professionals (YPs) start the program in Washington, DC, where they engage in intensive training—on-the-job and in the classroom—learning the fundamentals of leadership and development operations across institutions, and how to identify opportunities for joint impact.


Successful applicants will receive the following benefits:

  • Competitive salary and benefits package as part of a 5-year term contract
  • Health, life and accident insurance, a pension plan and possible relocation and mobility benefits depending on WBG guidelines

Key Program Features

  • Professional Experience
  • Leadership Development 
  • Training on WBG Policies, Products & Operations
  • Global Rotations across WBG
  • Coaching & Mentoring
  • Networking Events
  • Management Supported Rotations & Job Placements


To be eligible for World Bank Group Young Professionals Program (WBG YPP), applicants must:

  • Be born on or after October 1, 1990
  • Have a master’s or doctoral degree
  • Specialize in a field relevant to YPP Business Areas
  • Demonstrate relevant professional experience or continued study at the doctoral level
  • Be fluent in English
  • The Bank’s Group recruitment policy is to hire staff of the highest caliber, on as wide a geographical basis as possible, with preference to nationals of WBG member countries or countries of operations.

To be competitive, applicants should additionally:

  • Display a commitment and passion for international development
  • Possess outstanding academic credentials
  • Exhibit excellent client engagement, communication and team leadership skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge of relevant sector trends

The following attributes are a plus:  

  • Work experience in emerging markets or developing countries
  • Full proficiency in one of the following official WBG languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish


To apply for World Bank Group Young Professionals Program (WBG YPP), applicants are required to submit:

  • Resume/CV
  • Academic Credentials
  • 1 Short Essay 
  • Short Summary of Thesis or Dissertation (World Bank candidates only)
  • 3 Professional or Academic Recommendations

Short Essay Question

The 2022 essay question will be published on this page, a week before applications open. Please check back on June 8, 2022.