Fund Internship Program (FIP)
The IMF at a Glance
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.
Created in 1945, the IMF is governed by and accountable to the 189 countries that make up its near-global membership.
The IMF's primary purpose is to ensure the stability of the international monetary system—the system of exchange rates and international payments that enables countries (and their citizens) to transact with each other. The Fund's mandate was updated in 2012 to include all macroeconomic and financial sector issues that bear on global stability.
The Fund Internship Program (FIP) provides an opportunity for Doctoral students to gain an insider experience of the integrated, member country focused, mandate and work of the IMF. Interns are assigned cutting-edge research in macroeconomics or a related field (the exception being an internship in the IMF’s Legal Department), supervised by an IMF colleague.
Next Internship Session
June to October, 2018
December 18, 2017 – January 21, 2018
Internships are offered to about 50 students each year. Work is undertaken at IMF headquarters in Washington D.C., between June and October. Internships are a minimum of 10 weeks duration, and maximum of 12 weeks duration.
Fund interns work under the supervision of experienced colleagues to carry out a research project, and prepare a research paper. Papers may be presented to IMF staff at the end of the internship, and those of the highest standard may be published internally to the IMF.
Research topics are derived from the IMF work program—the host department’s needs. Past projects have delved into a broad spectrum of economic issues. A few of the 2016 and 2017 FIP research topics included:
Preferential access to credit: evidence from Brazil
Credit Demand and Supply during the U.S. Recovery
Climate change—a contribution to this analytical chapter in the October 2017 WEO
Impact of commodity price shocks on financial stability in developing countries.
Explore non-linear effects of oil price shocks on growth (Kazakhstan).
Spillover effects of ECB unconventional monetary policies
Impact of foreign direct investment and portfolio investment on gender inequality in developing countries
Systemic risk amplifiers for stress testing based on inferred networks
Survey literature on public sector BSA
Spillovers: measuring third party effects
Technology and income polarization
Carbon tax, structural transformation and inequality
Consumption and wealth in Italy
Debt sustainability, capacity to repay and other risk assessments
Productivity and volatility in Europe/Euro Area
Financing costs in sub-Saharan Africa—Overshooting or fundamentals?
Trade Integration in Latin America
Macroeconomic and structural policies and gender inequality
Bond trading: big data analytics
Evaluating post-implementation effects of the G20 financial regulatory reforms
Benchmarking policy frameworks in low-income countries
The IMF's Legal Department is also offering an internship under this program. The successful applicant will be assigned research for the Legal Department and be supervised by a senior member of the department. In past years, the Legal Department’s FIP has had the opportunity to complete:
Analysis of the legal framework for capital controls under the European Economic Area
Research on the insolvency of non-bank financial institutions
Research on the legal mandate of the IMF in financial regulation
Cross-country comparisons of effectiveness of AML/CFT efforts
Who Should Apply
To be eligible for the FIP, candidates must meet the following criteria:
Must be within one to two years of completing a Ph.D. in macroeconomics or a related field and be in student status (i.e. must be returning to university after the internship). Typically, internships are sought by those who are interested in the IMF's Economist Program following graduation from the Ph.D.
Be below the age of 32 at the commencement of the internship.
Have an excellent command of English, written and oral.
Possess strong analytical, quantitative and computer skills.
Master’s degree students
Must be in student status at the commencement of internship (not yet graduated).
Be below the age of 28 at the commencement of the internship.
Have an excellent command of English, written and oral.
Possess strong analytical, quantitative and computer skills
If you are a Ph.D or Master’s student in macroeconomics click here to enter the IMF’s job application system, then enter 1701251 into the field titled “Job Number”.
For the Legal Department Internship: candidates must be within one or two years of completing an LLM, J.D, or equivalent advanced degree in law and below the age of 32. To apply for this internship, click here to enter the IMF’s job application system, then enter 1701249 into the field titled “Job Number”.
Salary & Benefits
IMF interns receive:
A competitive salary;
Round-trip restricted economy class air travel to Washington, D.C. from their university; and
Limited medical insurance coverage.
Frequently Asked Questions, about the Fund Internship Program (FIP)
Is this a paid Internship?
Yes, this internship is paid.
What kind of visa would I need, and would the IMF facilitate this?
If you are not a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., and do not have another work authorization that would allow you to work at the IMF, you will need a G4 visa. We will provide the paperwork necessary to facilitate your G4 visa request with U.S. authorities.
What are the minimum and maximum durations of the Internship?
The minimum duration is 10 weeks and the maximum duration is 12 weeks.
Will someone notify me when my internship application is received by your office?
You will receive a system-automated acknowledgement of your application. Only candidates who are short-listed for further consideration will be contacted by a FIP recruiter.
If I am selected for an internship, when would I start?
Internships may commence as early as June 4. Additional int informationakes may be scheduled for June 18 and July 9, 2018, depending on business needs. Which start date will apply to you will be confirmed at the time of the offer.
Does the IMF provide housing for non-local interns?
The IMF does not provide housing, nor housing assistance. Interns are responsible for finding and securing their own accommodations.