The International Criminal Court Internship Programme.

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Application Deadline: May 1st 2013

The International Criminal Court offers internships to highly motivated young professionals with good academic qualifications who are in the early stages of their careers. The Internship is a practical educational experience whereby Interns principally assist the staff of the Court in discharging their duties. Under supervision,Interns are assigned projects and tasks that are relevant to their educational background and interests and provide them with the opportunity to put into practice and further develop their theoretical knowledge.

The work will generally be comparable to the work of the upper general service category or junior professional level.

Eligibility Requirements

1. Educational and professional background

Academic qualifications
All candidates must have a degree from or be in the final stages of their studies at a recognised university.  Candidates should have a very good record of academic performance.

  • Applications to legal positions are welcome from graduates specialising in one or more of the following disciplines: national and international criminal law, public international law, international humanitarian law, human rights law, comparative law and criminology, legal expertise
  • Applications to positions that do not require legal training are welcome from graduates of history, international relations, political science, journalism, translation and interpretation, information technology and communication, logistics, human resources management, social psychology, administrative sciences, forensic science, statistics or economics and are encouraged to apply for places in the divisions and sections of the Office that do not require legal training.
  • Graduates of other disciplines may be considered

Practical experience
Since the Internship Placements are focused at candidates in the early stages of their professional careers practical experience is not an essential prerequisite for selection.  However practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court may be considered an asset.

2. Language skills

Unless specific language skills are stated as a requirement by the participating sections of the Court, good oral communication and drafting skills in at least one of the working languages of the Court (English and French) are required.  A working knowledge of the other working language is desirable.

Knowledge of any of the other official languages of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish), or of other languages relevant to the situations pending before the Court will be considered an asset.

3. Other requirements

  • Applicants for internships should not be older than 35 years at the time of commencing the placement.
  • Adaptability to a multicultural and multilingual working environment encompassing the principal legal traditions of the world
  • Ability to work effectively in a team as well as independently
  • A good standard of computer literacy (especially Microsoft Office applications)
  • Other important qualities are discretion, reliability, intellectual rigour, precision, perseverance, honesty, creativity, co-operative spirit and integrity.

Requirements for applications

The Court is not able to return any documentation included with the application, for this reason applicants are kindly requested to provide copies of official documents and not the originals.

Please note that all written statements/application forms should be completed in English or French. If official documents, such as university degrees or transcripts, are not available in English or French, the candidate is requested to provide a complete and accurate uncertified translation into either French or English. The Court may ask the candidate to provide certifications if deemed necessary.

A. Internship Application Form

 

a) A completed Internship Application Form (please select the specific application form for the appropriate Organ of the Court)

b) A concise written statement presenting the candidate’s reasons for seeking an Internship placement, explaining how their interests and experience (academic and non-academic) meet the requirements of the Divisions/Sections/Units selected on the application form and stating their expectations and the perceived benefits of the placement to the their future career. (max 400 words)

c) two (2) written references/letters of recommendation from referees familiar with the candidate’s academic background, achievements and work, including at least one from an academic instructor. NB referees should not be relatives of the candidates.

d) copies of university degrees and/or diplomas in their original language;

e) copies of transcripts of courses taken during university studies (preferably official);

f)  a short essay (two pages, single spaced, type written) on a topic relevant to the work of the Court and/or specific Organ of the Court

​g) Optionally, a recognised and recently passed language certificate in English and/or French, such as the IELTS or TOEFL test, the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, the DELF, or another recognised language test together with any related score report(s);

Candidates applying in response to a specific call for applications
must comply with any additional requirements as stipulated in that
       call.
       Refer to the table below for terms and deadlines within each Organ:

 

INTERSHIP PLACEMENTS*

ORGAN

TERM 01

TERM 02

Deadline

Start date

End date

Deadline

Start date

End date

OTP

1 Nov

1 Apr

30 Sep

1 May

1 Oct

31 Mar

Registry

1 Nov

1 Apr

30 Sep

1 May

1 Oct

31 Mar

Presidency & Chambers

1 Nov

1 Apr

30 Sep

1 May

1 Oct

31 Mar

 

Application procedure

 

All applicants to the Internship are required to submit a completed application form and supporting documents as detailed in the links below. Applications that are not submitted in accordance with these requirements shall be regarded as incomplete and may not be considered for the Programme.

All applications can be sent to the following address by regular mail.

International Criminal Court
Internship and Visiting Professional Programme
Post Office Box 19519
2500 CM The Hague
The Netherlands

Or

Applications can be sent by facsimile to the following number +31 (0)70 515 8558

Or

Applications can also be sent in electronic format to the following address:

[email protected]

Due to the volume of applications received only successful applicants will be contacted by the Court. Candidates should not contact the Court to establish the status of their applications.

Click here to consult the frequently asked questions about the Internship

For More Information

Visit the International Criminal Court Internship Official Webpage

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