Early career opportunities

We have an exciting range of opportunities for those starting out in their career. From internships to our International Professionals Programme, we offer a number of ways to learn new skills in a very special environment. The countries where we invest and our projects ensure that anyone who works for us will gain unique experience.

International Professionals Programme (IPP)

Our IPP represents a great chance for a limited number of individuals to join us on a two-year programme that offers experience in one of our Resident Offices and in a variety of teams at our Headquarters in London.

About the IPP

The IPP offers a life-changing experience for ambitious, adventurous postgraduates. It is an intensive 24 month programme that will prepare you for a potential career at the EBRD. It is designed to both invest in your existing talents and expose you to some truly incredible projects.

Starting and finishing the programme in our London headquarters, you will rotate through three placements, including one that provides the opportunity to work with and learn from other cultures with an assignment in one of our 38 countries of operations.

Our aspirations for you are extremely high. You should expect to be pushed far outside your comfort zone culturally, geographically and intellectually.

Throughout, you will work to an individual training plan under the guidance of a line manager and mentor.  But your development is not just about practical learning.  Regular networking events will also help you build an invaluable base of contacts for your future career.

What our current IPs say

“My experience at the EBRD so far has been extraordinary and I can recommend the IPP without hesitation. I have the impression that my colleagues genuinely appreciate my work. I had the chance to work on new transactions from the first week and was able to get exposure to a wide range of different business areas, client sectors and geographical regions. Something that appealed to me in particular, is the openness to new ideas and how enthusiastically some of my suggestions have been taken on board.”

“Being an IP means working on all stages of the project cycle getting unique experience across the sectors and countries. Rotations give you a great chance to work with outstanding people and better understand the Bank’s mission.”

“The programme would be a perfect fit for anyone who enjoys working in a truly multicultural environment and appreciates learning about new concepts on a daily basis. The variety of countries, sectors and innovative ideas is exhilarating and almost impossible to find anywhere else. Be ready for an adventure!”

What we look for

We expect IPP candidates to have exceptional business acumen and the potential to build a successful career within the EBRD.  In addition to raw talent and a sense of adventure, we also look for the following:

  • A Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field to the specific department (these are outlined in the respective requirements for each role advertised).  Alternatively, a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Banking, Business Administration, Accounting, Economics and similar coupled with a Master’s degree in a discipline relevant to the EBRD’s fields of work.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English. Another language is desirable
  • You must be a national of one of our shareholder countries
  • A passion for international development, private sector development, and field-based practical work.You will be interested in the bigger picture and the ethical dimension to our work
  • An eagerness to work in any of our countries of operations and willingness to take a field-based role after completion of the IP Programme.
  • Tenacity in getting results and an open and flexible attitude – you’ll be prepared to roll-up your sleeves and get involved!
  • One to two years of relevant experience

Rewards and benefits

As well as the opportunity to help deliver projects that shape the future of businesses, economies and livelihoods throughout our countries of operations, you can expect an attractive rewards package. So in addition to a competitive starting salary, some of your benefits will include:

  • Medical insurance
  • 25 days’ annual leave
  • Relocation assistance (where eligible)
  • Relevant additional benefits while on international assignment in one of our Resident Offices

Towards the end of the programme, exceptional individuals will be invited to apply for roles within the EBRD. There is an expectation that the participants will take a role in one of our Resident Offices after completion of the programme.

Application Process

Stage 1: Applications

You will be required to answer a short set of questions and submit your CV. You can include a covering letter if you so wish.

Stage 2: Testing

If your application is successful, you will be asked to take some timed online reasoning tests.

Stage 3: Video Interview Assessment

If you complete the tests to the required standard, you will be emailed a very short online interview which you will need to complete and return to us.

Stage 4: Assessment Centre

If you are successful at the video interview stage, you will be asked to attend an assessment centre in London. 

Stage 5: Job Offer

Successful candidates will be invited to join the IPP.


We advertise regularly for internship opportunities across the EBRD, rather than recruiting at a specific time of year. These roles provide a great insight into the Bank’s work and, in the right circumstances, can lead to a longer-term career at the EBRD.

Why not take a look at the current list of vacancies and register for job alerts so that we can notify you when new internship roles become available?

If you are interested in coming to meet us directly and find out more about what it’s like to work for the EBRD, please check back here regularly to stay informed about careers events we are attending.

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