Teen Summer Program
The Teen Summer Program is held every summer for three weeks and organized by the World Bank Family Network, IMF Family Association, and the IADB Family Association. Each week program participants will attend sessions at each of the financial institutions. Simulated real-life situations and role-play with staff and other professionals provide a look inside these international organizations and give the participants an opportunity to debate current global issues and interventions. Additional sessions and presentations on personal and professional development will complement these thematic exercises.
The application for the Teen Summer Program – 2018 is over.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the TSP about?
The Teen Summer Program is designed to give participants a unique opportunity to learn about the work performed by the World Bank Group (WBG), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), through interaction with experts and staff members from each of the three organizations. For more information about previous years’ program content and experience of the participants, please click here. Please note that the program contents may vary from year to year.
2. What are the basic eligibility criteria to be able to participate in the program?
In order to apply/participate in the program, applicants must:
1.Be between 16 and 18 years of age as on June 1, 2018
2.Be the son or daughter of a WBG, IMF or IDB employee and one of the parents must be registered in the corresponding Family Association
3.Cannot be a college student
4.Be fluent in English
5.Be able to commit to attending the entire program from June 26 to July 12, 2017
3. How do I apply for the 2018 Teen Summer Program?
Applications will be open starting at noon EST February 26, 2018, to noon EST March 7, 2018. Please visit www.wbfn.org and submit your application through the application link. All applicants will be notified by email if they are invited to the next step of the selection process by the third week of April.
4. My family does not live in the Washington Metro area. Can I participate in the program?
Yes, you can participate in the program as long as you fulfil the requirements outlined above. However, your parents will need to provide for all your expenses in addition to the program fee. This will include travel to Washington DC along with boarding and lodging, transport and any other miscellaneous expenses that you may have while attending the program.
5. My father/mother is a WBG, IMF or IDB Staff Member, but he/she is not currently registered in the corresponding Family Association. Can I still apply/participate?
Yes, you can still apply. However, your parent must register before the application period ends at noon EST March 7th, 2018. They need to contact the corresponding Family Association for registration details since each one has different procedures. The process must be completed by noon EST March 7th, 2018. The three websites are as follows:
6. How many applicants will be selected for the 2018 Teen Summer Program?
The program can accommodate a maximum of 40 participants, of which 20 will be from WBG, 10 from IMF and 10 from IDB. The Teen Summer Program Committee will evaluate applications and shortlist candidates for an interview. Because of limited places, candidates will be selected and admitted to the program based on a rigorous review process. Therefore, meeting only basic eligibility criteria does not guarantee either selection for an interview and/or admission to the program. All candidates who are finally accepted will be notified by the end of April 2018.
7. Can I participate in 2018 TSP if I’ve already participated in the program earlier?
No, if you already participated in any previous TSP, you cannot participate again.
8. Can I reapply this year for TSP 2018 even though I was unsuccessful in previous years?
Yes, you are welcome to reapply this year even if you were not successful earlier. However, you must still fulfil all the basic eligibility criteria as stated in FAQ #2. Please check your age/date of birth with the eligibility criteria very carefully to be sure you still qualify.
9. When will the program take place and what is the time schedule?
The TSP 2018 will be held all weekdays from Tuesday, June 26, 2018, through Friday, July 12, 2018, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
10. Is attendance mandatory during the three weeks of the program?
Yes, attendance is mandatory during the 3 weeks of the program i.e. from June 26th to July 12th. No absence will be accepted unless face majeure.
11. Will I receive a certificate from the program?
You will receive a Certificate of Attendance to the TSP 2018, only if you attend all the days of the program.
12. Are there any registration fees?
There is a non-refundable fee of US $250 per participant.
13. What is the refund policy if I cannot attend the program but my fee has already been paid?
There is no refund once the payment is received.
14. What expenses will I have during the program?
In addition to the registration fee of US $250, you will need to provide for most of your meals and all of your transport costs to the WBG, IMF and IDB headquarters in DC each day. Only on some days will Breakfast or lunch be provided – you will be notified in advance when this is to happen. Candidates from other parts of the US or from abroad will need to arrange and pay for all boarding and lodging expenses in addition to the ones mentioned above.