International Monetary Fund (IMF) - Fund Internship Program (FIP)


International Organizations

Location (s):

  • United States of America
Washington D.C.


The Fund Internship Program (FIP) is the main internship offered at the Fund. It provides an opportunity for highly promising graduate students pursuing an advanced degree/Ph.D. in macroeconomics or a related field to gain a better understanding of the IMF’s work and contribute to the institution’s mission.


Internships are offered to about 50 graduate students each year and are undertaken during the summer between May and October.

During the 10 to 13-week period, interns work under the supervision of an experienced economist to carry out a research project and prepare a paper. Their paper may be presented to staff in the department at the end of their assignment, and papers of high standard may be published internally.

Projects assigned to interns differ from year-to-year depending on the departments’ work program.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

To be eligible for the FIP, candidates must meet the following criteria:

PhD students

  • Must be within one or 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.
  • 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



Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

IMF interns receive:

  • A competitive salary;
  • Round-trip economy class air travel to Washington, D.C. from their university; and
  • Limited medical insurance coverage.
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