Young Professionals’ programmes, reserved for Italian and foreign citizens, are financially supported by the individual International Organisations implementing the project. This opportunity is offered by some of the most authoritative International Organisations where information can be found.
- WORLD BANK
Each year the World Bank admits 40 candidates into its Young Professional Program. The program is aimed at young people who are motivated and trained in the sectors in which the Bank operates: economics, finance, education, etc. The program involves two years of work in two different sectors. Young YPs work in full within the organisation and are assigned specific tasks and responsibilities.
REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must have a university degree in economics or related to the Bank’s fields of activity; they must have at least two years’ professional experience or a PhD. The maximum age for participation in the selection process is 32 years. An excellent knowledge of English and preferably another language is also required. Professional experience in developing countries is an advantage. Final interviews with pre-selected candidates take place every year in January and February. The successful candidates start work the year after the selection year. YPs may also be assigned to Bank agencies such as IFC and MIGA.
- ADB (ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK)
The Asian Development Bank offers a two-year contract, with a one-year probationary period. Applicants should be university graduates, under 30 years of age, have a good knowledge of English and experience in the Bank’s areas of operation. The programme involves direct field experience alternating with short periods of formal training. Interested candidates must complete an application form. If the assessment is positive, the candidate is sent a Personal History Form which will be followed by an interview conducted by ADB staff.
- OECD (the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) The OECD Young Professional Programme provides for two years as a Junior Administrator and two assignments in two sectors (economy, environment, energy, money laundering). The requirements for applicants are: age limit of 32 years, nationality of one of the OECD member countries, university degree, possibly advanced, economic background, relevant work experience, at least two years, excellent knowledge of English or French.
- UNPD (United Nations Development Programme)
UNDP Leadership Development Programme is the starting point for recruiting young people interested in working in the field of development cooperation. Candidates are normally required to have a master’s degree or equivalent in development-related disciplines, at least five years’ professional experience, excellent knowledge of at least two of the languages of the Organisation (English, French, Arabic, Spanish) or perfect knowledge of one of them, and good knowledge of Russian or Chinese.
- ILO (International Labour Organisation)
The ILO also offers a Young Professional Programme. The essential requirements are: a degree in economics or labour law, sociology, social sciences, computer science, age between 25 and 35 and excellent knowledge of languages (at least English or French). The organisation offers the possibility of being registered on a list and then called for an interview and/or written exam. Successful candidates are rewarded with one-year renewable contract. Those who pass the two-year probationary period have an excellent chance of being hired.
- INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
The Economist Program proposed by the International Monetary Fund is interesting and prestigious. It requires a brilliant academic background (preferably in quantitative subjects), an age of less than 33 years and an excellent knowledge of English. The programme lasts two years, during which young people are assigned to an area department for one year and work in a functional department for the following year. Participants are immediately called upon to make an operational contribution, even though they work closely with experienced officials. Participants are selected twice a year, in June and October. Candidates should send an application form or CV, preferably around October.
Each year, NATO offers the opportunity to spend a three-year work period there as a young professional. The aim of the programme is to attract talented young professionals interested in international careers and to develop their skills and competencies in the working environment. The call is open to nationals of countries belonging to the Atlantic Alliance over 21 years of age with at least one year of work experience, a Master’s degree and knowledge of English. Successful candidates in the selection process will be assigned to three different NATO structures within each of which they will work for one year.