Internships at the Permanent Bureau

General internships  |  Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship

Stages (internships) at the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law

Please note that our internship programme is now full until September 2015

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law seeks interns who, in the context of their degree studies or their doctoral research, wish to deepen their knowledge of private international law, understand how the Conference functions and provide assistance in the work of the institution.

Duration of Internships
As a general rule, the duration of an internship is three to six months. The Permanent Bureau also occasionally seeks candidates for internships of two or three weeks only; these missions de stage are then devoted to a very precise task that can be completed quickly.

Language requirements
The intern should speak the two official languages of the Conference, French and English. Knowledge of other languages is an asset.

Applying to the Hague Conference
Any person interested in interning at the Hague Conference should submit the following :

  • a curriculum vitae
  • a letter of motivation
  • a description of courses followed
  • a transcript
  • one or more academic references
  • a writing sample

Please indicate your specific area of interest within the Hague Conference (international protection of children, family and property relations, international legal co-operation and litigation, or international commercial and financial law) and refer, if applicable, to a specific Convention or current project. Please also identify your desired dates for an internship.

Applications should be submitted by email to [email protected], preferably six months before the desired starting date. Please include all of the requested documentation.

Duties of the intern
Interns are required to:

  • carry out basic research on particular points of private international law or comparative law, relevant either to the operation of existing Hague Conventions or to the future work of the Conference;
  • take part in the practical work of preparation for meetings (working groups, Special Commissions, Diplomatic Sessions);
  • carry out preparatory work of translation or documentary research in accordance with the needs of the lawyers of the Permanent Bureau.

As a general rule, internships offered by the Permanent Bureau are not remunerated. The intern must meet all his or her own expenses during his or her stay in The Hague and pay travel costs.

Interns are encouraged to investigate available funding within their University or country of residence as well as from public and private organisations (e.g., Erasmus scholarships  offered through their University, grants from research foundations, etc.).

The Permanent Bureau is not able to provide accommodation for interns. Nevertheless, the Permanent Bureau can provide resources that will assist interns in their housing search.

Every intern must be covered by medical and hospital insurance, including also the costs of repatriation to his or her country of residence in the event of an accident or of necessity during the internship. Certification of insurance cover should be provided to the Permanent Bureau at the beginning of the internship.

Confidentiality clause
The intern is placed under an obligation of confidentiality. He or she must, at the beginning of the internship, sign a declaration to that effect.


Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship

This award will support a post graduate student or graduate of an Australian law school to undertake an internship with the Hague Conference on Private International Law (the Hague Conference) in the Netherlands by providing funds to cover the cost of travel to the Netherlands and a contribution towards living expenses.

Click here to read the background information to the Peter Nygh Hague Conference Internship, which includes the selection criteria and conditions.