Industry: International
Type of Internship: Communications: Writing/Editing, Data Analysis/Reporting, Program/Project Management
Student Name: Anonymous
Graduation Year: 2020
Major: International Relations, Spanish
Minor: None
Position Title: Intern
Hours: 40 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Unpaid but receiving Career Center grant, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

My main assigned project for this internship pertained to the administration of “Ideas for Action”: a youth social-entrepreneurship competition related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), hosted by the WBG and University of Pennsylvania. Daily work involved drafting emails, corresponding with the team members from development project proposals, summarizing the development projects for an upcoming World Bank publication, and writing a grant application for this initiative. However, after the mid-point of my internship, my duties transformed into researching key economic trends and countries’ progress on the SDGs, and writing concise 1-2 page briefs for the Senior Vice President’s bilateral meetings with heads of state and other delegations. I also helped with making presentations for important meetings and taking minutes during high-level discussions. Towards the end, I conducted qualitative research for a new piece regarding the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals.

How did you find this internship?

A referral

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

The people -- my team had some incredible role-model mentors who kindly invited me into their orbits of work and offered me an opportunity to witness policy decision-making in the world of economic development. Also, the network both internally and externally at the World Bank is of the highest caliber, and I met some fellow interns from different teams who are all extremely capable with unique niche-interests within development economics. I also enjoyed the opportunity to attend World Bank conferences, events and brown bag lunches; giving me exposure to different facets of development work and the opportunity to meet some of the leading researchers in the field (my favorite was being able to hear Raghuram Rajan speak!).

What do you find challenging?

The pace of work can get hectic, and given that the work is global, you have to become acquainted with a region and be able to succinctly summarize that information to brief a senior member of a team, all in a very short period of time. There weren’t any other interns on my team, so I often struggled to speak up for clarifying questions. However, eventually I fell into the rhythm of the work environment, and things began to feel more comfortable.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Talk to the people around you; do not be scared to ask clarifying questions. Push yourself and ask for more work from a variety of people so that you get exposure to the substance of your office. Tap into the Tufts LinkedIn alumni network, and set up coffee chats with people in the World Bank for informational interviews. Make use of the WB’s online learning community, which offers free classes for your professional development, and definitely take the time to tour the library. Look into conferences and events that may help your team (especially in DC) -- this way, you get to attend conferences, meetings, and bring back key information to your team.

About the Organization

World Bank Group
Washington, DC

The World Bank Group is one of the world’s largest development organizations made up of 189 member countries, whose mission is to source funding and knowledge for developing countries. The World Bank Group consists of 5 different institutions: The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, The International Development Association, The International Finance Corporation, The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, and The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes. The 5 different institutions unite in a shared mission towards reducing poverty, increasing shared prosperity and promoting sustainable development. The World Bank, as an internationally recognized organization, achieves its goals by partnering with governments and private sectors, and invests in financial assistance. It is organized into Global Practices and Regional Units. I worked in the office of the Senior Vice Presidency for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations and Partnerships division (SVPMM).