Asian Development Bank
Metro Manila, Philippines
6d ago

1. INTERNSHIP TOPIC : "Determining how international organizations in North America including the World Bank Group use external communication tools to reach external audiences effectively."


NARO seeks a graduate student to examine new, innovative development communications best practices industry wide including those at other IFIs, international organizations, private sector, government agencies, NGOs and civil society to create recommendations for ADB NARO to pursue in engaging stakeholders.

As ADB NARO expands its outreach activities throughout the United States and Canada, it will be important to examine two-

way development communications best practices and how best to leverage its outreach to stakeholders.

For instance, does the use of social media complement traditional thematic issue briefings at think tank organizations or does it replace them altogether?

When using social media or traditional forms of media, how is the return on investment effectively measured? Should traditional methods of communications take precedence over the exorbitant use of email communications?

The research will explore and address the following questions : 1) What are development communications best practices among other IFls, international organizations and NGOs?

2) How is social media used in shaping development communications strategies? 3) To what extent is the influence of traditional media being diminished in development communications strategies, if at all?

4) How much of a role should corporate communications play in shaping development communications? 5) How does a strong or lackluster internal communications plan alter the goals of a development communications strategy?

6) Based on industry development communications best practices, what recommendations are advised to adequately engage key stakeholders both in the US and Canada?

The student will also be responsible for gathering information from US and Canadian government agencies, Congress, research organizations, private sector, NGOs, academia, and other sources to inform ADB staff based in headquarters and resident missions.

Given the limited staff resources in the office, the student will also be responsible for assisting with special projects or programs, as appropriate.


  • Duration : 22 weeks
  • Timing : January 2019
  • NOTE :

    ADB provides a stipend of 69 USD per day for a maximum of 56 calendar days only. Interns may choose to continue work beyond 56 calendar days in agreement with the designated supervisors, but without stipend.

    4. LOCATION : ADB North American Representative Office (NARO), Washington, DC


  • Prepares research on development communications best practices.
  • Assists in gathering information on new international development discussions, events and news in North America to inform ADB staff based at headquarters and at resident missions.
  • Attends events and briefings at think tank organizations, universities, congressional hearings and government agencies and produce written event summaries.
  • Assists with disseminating information through NARO's social media channels
  • Works closely with NARO staff in executing special projects or programs.
  • Qualifications


    Be enrolled in a master's degree program at a reputable university in a field of study directly related to ADB's work such as development studies, development economics, international relations, political science, or other related fields.

    Students should demonstrate research and writing skills, and knowledge of Microsoft office applications.


  • One to three years of social media experience in a professional or volunteer capacity;
  • Experience crafting social media content in a professional or official volunteer capacity for a group or organization;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Motivation and willingness to learn;
  • Ability to effectively multi-task; work independently.

    Upload the following documents in the Attachments section of your application :

    1. Curriculum vitae (CV)

    2. Proof of enrollment to a Masters or PhD program. Inclusive dates should confirm that you will be enrolled during the intended period of assignment.

    3. Essay in MS WORD or PDF document, maximum of 1500 words per question. (Please see essay questions below)


    1) Describe one example of your experience that demonstrated your interest in working in ADB.

    2) Highlight your qualifications that will help accomplish this internship assignment (e.g., coursework, research, work experience, etc.).

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