The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH) is seeking a 

Editorial and Publications Internship

Applications are now open for a three-month Editorial and Publications Internship at the Permanent Bureau of the HCCH. Applications will remain open until the vacancy is filled. However, the selection committee will begin its consideration of suitable candidates on Monday 11 March at 12:00 p.m. Applicants are therefore strongly encouraged to ensure their documentation is submitted before this date.


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

Duration of the Internship

To start as soon as possible, for three months. 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 Conference, 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 Meeting of Council on General Affairs and Policy and 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, publications and administrative work.


  • 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


Applicants should submit the following documentation: 

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

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


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.).


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, 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.

Legal Internships

Applications are now open for three to six month internships at the Permanent Bureau, during the July-December 2019 period. Only fully completed applications for full-time internships received on or before Friday 29 March 2019 will be considered. For more information see the Internships Page.