2023/2024 Trade and Development Bank Internship Programme

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Last Updated on April 3, 2023

Trade and Development Bank Internship

Trade and Development Bank’s (TDB) vision’s is to become a world class African financial institution advancing the economic development, integration, and prosperity of the region. It is through this vision that, TDB wishes to further contribute to the region by providing an Internship Program for students from member states from June to August 2023 with flexibility based on university calendar.

 The TDB internship programme aims to provide students with short-term structured learning opportunities through practical work assignments that are designed to complement their studies and/or improve their employability. It also provides an opportunity to tap into new ideas and perspectives that may support the Bank in meeting its organizational objectives. For the student, the internship program is an opportunity to gain practical work experience in their specific field of study or career aspirations. Students would be exposed to in-depth knowledge of the banking sector and gain an understanding of the TDB vision, mission, and scope of activities. Interns would be equipped with skills that are necessary to perform in the labour market and thereby increase employability. However, internship does not guarantee employment at TDB.


Internship assignments may vary in length depending on the availability and academic requirements of the intern, as well as the Bank’s needs. The internship duration will be from one (1) month to three (3) months. Under exceptional circumstances, the internship period can be increased to a maximum of six (6) months.


The recruitment and selection process of interns will be guided by TDB regulations.  Eligibility requirements for the internship program are as follows:

  • Candidates must be aged between eighteen (18) and thirty (30) years of age on the date the internship period begins.
  • Candidates should be preferably nationals of TDB member states or countries or from the diaspora, originally from the Bank’s member states or countries.
  • Candidates should have the right to reside and/or work in the location of the internship for the full duration of the internship. TDB will not assist interns in visa application process but will provide, where necessary, documentary evidence required for visa application process.
  • Candidates should provide proof of enrollment in a recognized public university or institution of learning.
  • Candidates must apply for an internship within one year of having obtained such a degree or as stipulated below:
  • For internship candidates enrolled in Undergraduate Degree Program, having completed 2-year full-time studies at the institution or university towards the completion of a bachelor’s degree,
  • For internship candidates enrolled in Graduate Degree Program, having completed at least one semester of studies at the institution or university towards the completion of a master’s degree,
  • For internship candidates enrolled in PhD program, having completed at least one semester of studies at the institution or university towards the completion of a PhD degree.


The preferred areas of specialty include Finance, Commerce, Risk Management, Information Technology, Computer Science plus other operational specializations relevant in the banking industry.


Internship candidates should demonstrate following skills and competencies:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral) in English with knowledge of one of TDB additional working knowledge (French and Portuguese) as added advantage with fluency in other international languages desirable.
  2. Commitment and passion for African development.
  3. Demonstrate a keen interest in TDB mission and vision and personal commitment to TDB values.
  4. Strong communication and client orientation/client centricity.
  5. Aptitude to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  6. Computer literate and proficient in standard software applications.


Interns may be based at any of TDB’s regional offices in Addis Ababa, Bujumbura, Harare, Kinshasa, Nairobi and Mauritius.


Interns are not eligible for TDB medical and life/accident insurance coverage. Consequently, as a condition for their acceptance, candidates for internships must show proof of medical and life/accident insurance valid for the internship duration.


Interns are not employees of TDB and as such may not represent TDB in any official capacity. Interns may not be sought as replacement of staff or recruited against open vacancies during their internship assignment.


Applications should include a cover letter, resume, academic and professional certificates, full contact address, and three reference names and addresses.

Every applicant must indicate in their cover letter the duty station for which they are applying.  

Please note that only shortlisted candidate will be contacted.

Interested and qualified candidates should express their interest by submitting their applications by 30 April 2023 through the TDB Career Website.


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