Praktika beim Ständigen Büro

The application period for legal internships at the Permanent Bureau in The Hague has now closed. The application period for legal internships starting from July 2021 will open in due course.

Application Requirements

Prospective applicants should complete an online application form (the link will be provided in due course) and submit the following supporting documentation: 

  1. a letter of motivation (two pages maximum)
  2. curriculum vitae (CV)
  3. a transcript of academic records or statement of academic results
  4. an academic writing sample (an excerpt of any of your essays or papers in either English or French)
  5. at least one letter of recommendation

 

Please note however that, as the application period is now closed, applications currently received will not be considered.

Additional information on application requirements will be circulated when the application period opens.

Purpose
The Permanent Bureau of the HCCH seeks legal interns to assist HCCH staff members in the discharge of their duties and in their day-to-day work. It is also an opportunity for students who, in the context of their degree studies or their doctoral research, wish to gain practical educational work experience, to deepen their knowledge of private international law, and to understand how the HCCH functions.

Duration of Internships
The duration of an HCCH internship is generally three to six months. Please note that only applications for full-time internships (five days per week) will be considered. 

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

Duties of the intern
Interns are, among other tasks, required to:

  • carry out research on particular points of private international law and/or comparative law, relevant to the operation of existing HCCH Conventions or to the future work of the HCCH;
  • take part in the preparation of HCCH meetings (e.g., Council on General Affairs and Policy, Working/Expert's Groups, Special Commissions, Diplomatic Sessions);
  • contribute to the promotion of the HCCH and its work, assisting with the preparation of presentations and collection of other information according to the needs of the staff of the Permanent Bureau.

In keeping with the role of the Permanent Bureau as the HCCH secretariat, applicants should bear in mind that the nature of the work assigned will generally be a combination of both legal and administrative work.

Remuneration
Internships offered by the Permanent Bureau are not remunerated. Successful applicants are responsible for their travel costs and expenses for the duration of the internship.

Successful applicants 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.).

Interns may, however, be eligible to receive a monthly allowance to cover part of their accommodation and living expenses if they meet the following criteria:

  1. the duration of the internship is no less than three months (i.e., 12 weeks); and
  2. the intern is not receiving additional funding or remuneration for the purposes of the internship (excluding travel expenses), from an institution, organisation or fund, the total of which exceeds the equivalent of €500 per month (i.e., exceeds €1,500 for a three-month internship, or €3,000 for a six-month internship).

Depending on available funds, the value of the monthly allowance may vary between €300 and €500. Prior to the commencement of their internship period, interns will be informed of the exact amount at which the amount of the monthly allowance for that period will be set.

Accommodation
The Permanent Bureau is not able to provide accommodation for interns, but successful applicants will be provided with a document from the Permanent Bureau with useful tips for finding accommodation in The Hague. Please note that successful applicants will be required, upon arrival, to provide an address for the purposes of registration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Insurance
Interns must be covered by adequate insurance for the duration of the internship and will be asked to provide proof of this upon arrival at the Permanent Bureau. The chosen insurance policy must, at minimum, cover medical and hospital expenses, as well as the cost of repatriation to the country of residence.

Internship Policy and Confidentiality
Interns are bound by the HCCH Internship Policy, a copy of which will be made available to them prior to the commencement of the internship. Successful applicants will also be required to sign a confidentiality agreement. 

Contact
For additional information about the HCCH internship programme, please contact: < internships@hcch.net >