Internship opportunity with the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development

Applications for 2023 are now open.

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 with the email title ‘EBRD internship, Chevening candidate – candidate name/nationality’.

Four internships are available.


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

Location: London HQ/remote working possible.

Technical criteria: We will try to fit in with visa and university requirements.

Hours: Normally 09:00 – 17:00, five days a week. Successful applicants may request other arrangements according to their visa and/or university conditions.

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

Intern, Small Medium Enterprise Finance & Development

Role description:

Under the supervision of the Financial Products team within the SME Finance & Development Group, the intern will support joint advisory and finance programmes across a number of programmes critical to the bank’s current SME strategy, including the development of a Learning Management System (EBRD Know How Academy) for micro businesses, Star Venture programme covering early stage start-ups, and the EBRD’s Women in Business and Youth in Business programme for women and young entrepreneurs in the:

  • Development of digital products for SMEs such as learning, mentoring, advisory and diagnostics.
  • The roll out of marketing and communication campaigns to reach small businesses.
  • Preparation of communications, outreach, and briefing materials articles.
  • Collation and analysis of data and research into thematic or country priorities.
  • Organisation of events or workshops in the EBRD region of operation.
  • Administration and monitoring of project and especially digital outreach targets.
  • Coordination and collaboration between EBRD teams and external consultants.
  • Assistance with the management of joint programmes, including supporting the monitoring and reporting processes.
  • Ad hoc assignments as requested.


Key skills requried:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, including report writing, correspondence, presentation and articles.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including written and oral communication skills
  • High level proficiency with Microsoft Office applications especially Microsoft Excel.
  • Proven analytical and numerical skills.
  • Ability to work well within a team and 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.
  • Understanding of and interest in financial inclusion issues of SMEs in emerging markets.

Experience desirable

  • Relevant experience of the EBRD Countries of Operations an advantage.
  • Experience of digital products or services such as online platforms and leaning management.
  • Familiar with digital outreach tools and campaigns.

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 one of our interns