Internship opportunity with the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

Applications for 2022 are now closed.

Open to applicants from EBRD countries of operation.

See the list of countries here.

Please review the role description, key skills, education and experience to assess whether you match the criteria specified for the role.

Interested applicants are invited to send CVs to [email protected] with the email title ‘EBRD internship, Chevening candidate – candidate name/nationality’.

2 internships are available.


9 May Applications open
5 June Applications deadline
17 June Interviews/ successful interns announced
June-July 6 week clearance process starts
July/August Internship starts
December Internship ends (dependant on visa)

Location: London/Remote working possible.

The format and timeline of the programme may change, depending on developments of the Covid-19 pandemic. EBRD will inform candidates and coordinate adaptations to the course when necessary.

Hours: Dependant on the working conditions of successful applicants and according to their visa and/or university conditions.

This is an EBRD internship. Please send all enquiries to [email protected], and not the Chevening Secretariat.

Advisory Intern, SME Finance & Development

Role description:

Under the supervision of the Financial Products team within the SME Finance & Development Group, the intern may support joint advisory and finance programmes in:

  • In general your tasks will be to provide support to the team members working on a number of programmes critical to the bank’s current SME strategy, including a Star Venture programme covering early stage start-ups and the EBRD’s Women in Business programme for women entrepreneurs.
  • Data gathering, research and providing background information into thematic, donor or country priorities.
  • Organisation and support to the management of upcoming events or workshops in the EBRD region of operation.
  • Administrative and analytical support in specific areas of project monitoring.
  • Active coordination between different teams in the EBRD and with external consultants.
  • Preparation of short case studies about successful projects.
  • Preparation of outreach materials and ad-hoc briefings when needed.
  • Assistance with the management of joint programmes, including supporting the monitoring and reporting processes.
  • Ad hoc assignments as requested.


Key skills requried:

  • Very good written (report writing, correspondence, communications material) and verbal communication skills in English
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including written and oral communication skills
  • High level proficiency with Microsoft Office applications especially good command over Microsoft Excel
  • Proven analytical and numerical skills
  • Ability to work well within a team
  • Ability to work independently
  • Passion to learn and grow in EBRD


Education/Experience required:

  • 1-3+ years of business finance, entrepreneurship, or relevant business experience
  • Master’s degree from a leading university preferably in Economics, Business, Development, International Relations or similar.
  • Computer literacy
  • Good understanding of and interest in financial inclusion issues of SMEs in emerging markets
  • Some relevant experience of the EBRD Countries of Operations an advantage.

This job description is not limited to the responsibilities listed and the incumbent may be requested to perform other relevant duties as required by business needs.

About the EBRD:

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was established to help build a new, post-Cold War era in Central and Eastern Europe. It has since played a historic role and gained unique expertise in fostering change in the region – and beyond -, investing more than €130 billion in a total of over 5,200 projects.

Commitment to the market and entrepreneurship

The EBRD is committed to furthering progress towards ‘market-oriented economies and the promotion of private and entrepreneurial initiative’. This has been its guiding principle since its creation at the beginning of the 1990s and, new challenges and the welcoming of new countries to the EBRD world notwithstanding, will continue to be its mission in years to come.

Visit the website for more information.

About SME Finance & Development Group:

The EBRD have launched the Small Business Initiative, a strategic initiative integrating the tools the EBRD offers to support small enterprises. SME Finance & Development Group provide loans and investments through financial institutions and risk-sharing facilities, and we finance small businesses directly. But we don’t stop there.

Our support for SMEs stretches over several priority areas. We provide small enterprises with advice to help them innovate and grow and we work with policy-makers to create an environment where they can succeed.

To classify a company as an SME, we look at a combination of turnover, employees and total assets. Typically, an SME is considered as a company with turnover of under €50 million (or a balance sheet of under €43 million), with between 10 and 250 employees (exceptionally up to 500 employees)

From financiers to engineers, lawyers and industry experts, our unique mix of skills and expertise comes together to offer solutions that really meet the needs of small businesses.

Further information here.


Read an account from last year’s intern