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Selected International Law Internship Opportunities
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
To apply for the internship programme, applicants must be:
- Enrolled in a university, or equivalent tertiary institution, both when applying to the program, and during the internship or have graduated in the previous twelve months when applying to the program
- Citizens of Member States of the Organization
- Fluent in both written and spoken English. A good working knowledge of one of the other official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and Spanish) is desirable.
Terms and conditions
Candidates may be selected for an internship on the basis of one of the following three criteria:
- The candidate wishes to undertake a project that is relevant to the work of the Organization;
- The candidate is interested in gaining work experience, and is suitable for placement in an internship requested by an office/division within the secretariat; or
- The candidate is from an institution that has established an internship agreement with the OPCW.
The normal duration of an internship shall be between two months and six months. In exceptional cases, the total duration may be extended to a maximum of one year.
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)
To provide law students and recent law school graduates (or other related disciplines) from OAS Member States the opportunity to learn about the Commission’s work. It is also an opportunity to acquire practical training in the area of human rights.
- A cover letter requesting the internship, specifying the start and ending dates. In principle the internships of the IACHR are full-time (40 hours per week) unless reasons can be provided to establish a part-time internship, for which the minimum number of hours is 20 per week.
- Complete the APPLICATION FORM
- Two letters of recommendation: one from a professor in your major and the other from an employer or another professor.
- Copy of university transcript.
The IACHR internship program offers three sessions per year and has established a minimum duration of two months and a maximum of four months. However, longer periods can be considered based on availability or shorter periods with founded reasons, if applicable.
International Union for the Conservation of Natures and Natural Resources (IUCN)
IUCN is meant to further the individual's practical experience in the field of environmental law.
IUCN-Environmental Law Centre (ELC) internships are appropriate for highly-motivated young students and young lawyers from around the world who have a background in environmental law or studies with a significant legal component. With a view to contributing to their vocational training, IUCN-ELC places great importance on internships as a significant tool in supplementing the interns' knowledge and education with real hands-on experience, enabling them to understand the way in which an international organization functions and to broaden their knowledge and awareness in the field of environmental law.
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Internships are offered on a regular basis by the secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration. See web site for more information.
It is recommended that students apply in writing during the month of June (application to reach the ICC office before 30 June) to be considered for an internship from January – June (first semester) of the following year. Or, applications can be made in November (application to reach the ICC office before 30 November) to be considered for an internship from July to December (second semester) of the following year.