Project Description

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) mobilizes and facilitates the use of U.S. private capital and skills in the economic and social development of more than 150 developing countries in transition from non-market to market economies. OPIC accomplishes this by assisting U.S. investors through three principal activities designed to promote overseas investment and reduce the associated risks:

  • Financing: Finances projects in the private and mixed sectors

  • Political Risk Insurance: provides U.S. investors with political risk insurance

  • Investment Funds: supports business in emerging markets through private equity investment funds



Career opportunities in OPIC are available in the following functions: Business Development Specialist, Finance Specialist, Economist, Attorney-Advisor and Management.

Key to Success: Since many OPIC functions revolve around insurance and finance, a background in either or both is essential. Experience in economics, economic development, banking, technology, or statistics is also helpful. OPIC offers internships at their Washington, D.C. offices during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Students can either choose to participate in a General Internship in the various offices, or the Legal Internship with OPIC’s Department of Legal Affairs. Interns must be enrolled at least part-time in a relevant degree program. OPIC generally seeks students studying towards a graduate degree in business administration, international affairs, economics, and law. Some internships can be available to junior or senior undergraduate students. OPIC employees must be U.S. citizens and must obtain security clearances.