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The HCCH offers:


Legal Internships

The application period has now closed for three to six month legal internships at the Permanent Bureau, during the July-December 2019 period. The application period for legal internships after December 2019 will open in due course.

Purpose
The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (the Hague Conference) 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 Hague 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 or six months. Please note that only full-time internships will be considered. 

Language requirements
The intern should speak at least one of the two official languages of the Conference, French and English. Knowledge of the other official language is an asset. Knowledge of any other languages may also be an advantage.

Applications
Any person interested in applying for an internship at the Hague Conference should submit a duly completed summary application form together with the following supporting documentation: 

  • a letter of motivation
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a transcript of academic records
  • one academic reference
  • a writing sample (an excerpt of any of your academic writings in English or French)

Applicants should indicate their 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.

Applications, including all of the above-mentioned documentation, should be submitted by e-mail to internships@hcch.nl. 

Duties of the intern
Interns are, among other tasks, 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 Hague 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.

Applicants should bear in mind that, in keeping with the role of the Permanent Bureau as the Secretariat of the Hague Conference, the nature of the work assigned to interns will generally be a combination of both legal and administrative work.

Remuneration
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 from other public and private organisations (e.g., scholarships or internship placement programmes offered through their university, grants from research foundations, etc.).

Accommodation
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.

Insurance
Every intern must be covered by medical and hospital insurance, as well as insurance to cover 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.


Editorial and Publication Internships

Applications are now open for an Editorial and Publications Internship at the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH. Applications should be sent before Monday 27 May 2019. Applicants are therefore strongly encouraged to ensure their documentation is submitted before this date.

Purpose
The Permanent Bureau of the HCCH seeks a full-time Editorial and Publications Intern who, in the context of further professional development, wishes to gain hands-on experience in the editorial and publications work essential to the functioning of the HCCH.

Duration of the Internship
For three months, from September until December 2019. An extension of the internship may be envisaged depending on the performance of the successful candidate and the needs of the Organisation.

Language requirements
The intern should speak at least one of the two official languages of the HCCH, French and English. Knowledge of the other official language is an asset. Knowledge of any other languages may also be an advantage.

Duties of the Intern
Under the supervision of the Publications Coordinator, the intern’s duties include:

  • Assisting with the editorial and publications work for the 2019 Diplomatic Session
  • Assisting with the format and layout of new publications (such as Handbooks) and publications being updated
  • Supporting the Publications Coordinator in implementing the house style and general editing policy of the Organisation
  • Performing light copy-editing and proofreading
  • Performing other duties as assigned by the Publications Coordinator

Applicants should bear in mind that, in keeping with the role of the Permanent Bureau as the Secretariat of the HCCH, the nature of the work assigned to the intern will be a combination of editorial, publication and administrative work.

Qualifications

  • Experience in and knowledge of publishing software (e.g. Scribus), or capacity to quickly learn and handle publishing software
  • Excellent drafting skills in English or French
  • Publishing knowledge is an asset
  • Strong experience with full Microsoft Office environment (e.g. developing/updating templates)
  • Ability to multi-task in a timely and efficient manner
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Applications
Applicants should submit the following documentation: 

  • a letter of motivation
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a transcript of academic records
  • contact details for one reference
  • a sample of editorial or publication work.

Applications, including all of the above-mentioned documentation, should be submitted by e-mail to internships@hcch.nl with the mention “Editorial and Publishing Internship” in the subject line.

Remuneration
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 from other public and private organisations (e.g., scholarships or internship placement programmes offered through their university, grants from research foundations, etc.).

Accommodation
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.

Insurance
Every intern must be covered by medical and hospital insurance, as well as insurance to cover 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.