International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)’s Legal Division Traineeship 2017 – Geneva, Switzerland (Paid Internship)

Application Deadline:15th April 2017

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)’s Legal Division is offering six paid traineeships for a period of one year at its headquarters in Geneva. The traineeships start in autumn 2017.

Tasks and Responsibilities :

  • Trainees at the Legal Division undertake a variety of assignments, including carrying out research and writing project briefs on specific legal questions primarily related to IHL, both in French and in English.
  • They also review legal documents, contribute to the preparation of meetings, prepare draft reports or minutes of meetings and give presentations on IHL to groups visiting the ICRC.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • A university degree in law or international relations and a Master degree in international law (or an equivalent post-graduate legal training)
  • Excellent knowledge of IHL (shortlisted candidates will be tested in IHL during the course of the interviews);
  • Fluency in either French or English, and a very good understanding of the other;
  • Age: Applicants should be between 25 and 30 years old at the beginning of the internship.
  • Given that there are normally a very large number of applications for these traineeships, the legal division is unable to provide additional information.

Application Procedure:

  • Applications should be submitted on-line between the 15th March and the 15th April 2017 and addressed to:
  • All those submitted outside of this period will not be considered.
  • The selection process will take place between May and June 2017.
  • Download Application Form

Your application file should include the following elements:

– A fully completed Traineeship form (attached below)
– A cover letter, not exceeding 800 words
– A CV, not exceeding two pages, which indicates in particular:

  • The titles and the number of hours of international humanitarian law (IHL) courses followed
  • Any academic writings and/or other research work carried out in IHL
  • Any relevant professional experience in relation to IHL.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the ICRC’s Legal Division Traineeship 2017



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