Application process and requirements
Young Professionals are chosen through an intensive and rigorous selection process. Competition is keen with 8,000 - 10,000 applications each year for a limited number of positions, and most of the candidates exceed the minimum criteria. The following are minimum qualifications individuals need to be considered for the Young Professionals Programme, although candidates selected tend to exceed these requirements: - Be a citizen of a member country of the World Bank - Be 32 years of age or younger when entering the YP Programme - Have a Master's degree or equivalent - Be fluent in English - Specialize in a field relevant to the World Bank's operations such as economics, finance, education, public health, social sciences, engineering, urban planning, and natural resource management. - Have significant relevant professional experience or continued academic study at the doctoral level. In order for applicants to be competitive for the limited number of positions, a combination of the following credentials is highly desirable: - Display a commitment and passion for international development - Possess outstanding academic credentials - Have solid professional expertise and experience - Exhibit excellent client engagement and team leadership skills suitable for working in an international organization - Have international development country experience - Have working knowledge of additional languages relevant to the World Bank's work - Be flexible and have the ability to work in different areas of the institution - Be willing to better understand poverty issues by having their work focus on the lowest income countries - Be motivated to relocate and undertake country assignments.