IMF – 2011 Fund Internship Program (FIP)

IMF – 2011 Fund Internship Program (FIP)

The IMF offers internships to approximately 50 graduate students each summer to carry out a research project under the supervision of an experienced economist. The internship lasts 10-13 weeks and is undertaken sometime between May and October, during a period convenient both to the intern and the host department.

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

Interns prepare a paper outlining the results of their research, which they may be asked to present to the staff of their department at the end of the assignment. Papers of high standard may be published internally.

Projects assigned to interns differ from year-to-year depending on the departments’ work program. Research covers a broad spectrum of economic issues, as evidenced by the following topics previously addressed:

– Growth Dynamics and Determinants in the Middle East;
– Fiscal Space and Fiscal Policies in the EU;
– Role of Exchange Rate Policy in Managing External Shocks in Low-Income Countries;
– Macro-Financial Linkages in Sub-Saharan Africa;
– Inflation Dynamics in Asia and its Implications for Monetary Policy.


The internships are intended primarily for potential Economist Program candidates, and therefore the IMF is looking for the same general background. Intern candidates:

  • should be within one or two years of completing their Ph.D. in Macroeconomics or a related field,
  • must be in student status, i.e., must be returning to the university after the internship,
  • should be below the age of 30,
  • have an excellent command of English, and
  • must possess strong quantitative and computer skills.

Educational Requirements
Advanced training in macroeconomics (successful candidates are typically in their third or fourth year of their Ph.D. program).


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