World Bank International Finance Corporation (IFC) Young Professionals Program

IFC Young Professionals Program

Program(s) Offered: Finance, Investment
Program Level: Training/Internships/Jobs
Provider: International Finance Corporation
Country to Work in: USA, other countries

Program Description
The World Bank's International Finance Corporation (IFC Arm) is offering students its flagship Young Professionals program (IFC YPP), a unique opportunity to launch a global career in finance.

IFC’s Young Professionals Program is a unique opportunity to launch your career as a global investment professional helping to build the private sector in developing countries. You will join as an Associate in the Investment, Advisory or Treasury streams and will be based in Washington DC for at least one year. You will build your expertise through engagements in different countries, close to IFC’s clients.

You will be recruited as an Associate Investment Officer (AIO). AIO’s are part of a multidisciplinary team focused on identifying investment opportunities, executing transactions and actively managing portfolio projects. In this role, your objectives will be to maximize the impact of IFC’s intervention and contribute to the development of our countries of operation by executing innovative, developmental, and profitable investments for IFC.

IFC Young Professionals Program

The program is open to final year students working toward an advanced degree such as an MBA, JD, other relevant Masters degrees or recent graduates.

You should be able to demonstrate a track record of success in your prior work experience and have a strong interest in working in Emerging Markets.

The AIO’s should have 3 to 6 years of prior relevant work experience (investment banking, project finance, private equity, corporate finance, portfolio management, management consulting or Treasury).

Other requirements:
  • Current students or recent graduates of MBA or similar program 
  • Strong analytical and credit assessment skills, as well as solid understanding of accounting and financial statement analysis 
  • Knowledge of relevant industry sector trends, sound business judgment and problem solving, negotiation and commercial skills 
  • Enthusiasm for working in multi-cultural teams and across borders, preferably with experience working in developing countries 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, fluency in other languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish or Russian) is a plus 
  • Willingness to travel extensively and geographic flexibility 
Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries

Participating Institutions
Successful candidates will start in Washington DC and build their expertise through hands on assignments and transactions in different countries.

Fields of recruitment
Participating Units:
  • Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services
    Agribusiness and Forestry
    Health and Education
    Tourism, Retail and Property
  • Financial Institutions
  • Infrastructure
  • Oil, Gas and Mining
  • Public-Private Partnerships (Advisory)
  • Telecoms, Media and Technology
  • Treasury and Syndication (Product)
Number of awards
Not specified

Program benefits
Program features:
  • 3-year program with 2 to 3 rotational assignments either in a regional hub or a different industry department or in another World Bank Group institution
  • Participating units include Financial Institutions Group; Infrastructure and Natural Resources; Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services; TMT, Venture Capital & Funds; Public Private Partnership; and Treasury and Syndications
  • Leadership exposure and development that provides strong opportunities for growth
  • Active coaching throughout the program
The program is structured to provide you with a solid understanding of IFC’s business.

Method of Application
Applications are online. You may start here: Apply Here. It is important to read the FAQs and also to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information

Applications for the IFC YP program are accepted annually. The online application is open from mid/late-August to early October each year. Interviews usually take place in October/November, and offers are typically made in late December or early January. IFC YPP participants typically join in September of each year.

The application process is now open until 8 p.m. EST on Tuesday, October 2, 2018

The International Finance Corporation (IFC) is an international financial institution that offers investment, advisory, and asset-management services to encourage private-sector development in developing countries. The IFC is a member of the World Bank Group and is headquartered in Washington, D.C.. It was established in 1956, as the private-sector arm of the World Bank Group, to advance economic development by investing in for-profit and commercial projects for poverty reduction and promoting development.

The World Bank Group values diversity and encourages all qualified candidates who are nationals of World Bank Group member countries to apply, regardless of gender, gender identity, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability. Sub-Saharan African nationals, Caribbean nationals, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 2 October 2018
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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