Internships at the Permanent Bureau

Applications are now open for three to six month internships at the Permanent Bureau, during the January-June 2019 period. Only fully completed applications for full-time internships received on or before Friday 28 September 2018 will be considered.

Applications for other periods will open in due course.

The Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (the Hague Conference) seeks interns who, in the context of their degree studies or their doctoral research, wish to deepen their knowledge of private international law, understand how the Hague Conference functions and provide assistance in the work of the institution.

Duration of Internships
As a general rule, the duration of an internship is three or six months. Please note that only full-time internships will be considered.

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.

Any person interested in applying for an internship at the Hague Conference should submit a duly completed summary application formtogether with the following supporting documentation:

  • a letter of motivation
  • curriculum vitae
  • a transcript of academic records
  • one academic reference
  • a writing sample (an excerpt of any of your academic writings in English or French)

Applicants should indicate their specific area of interest within the Hague Conference (international protection of children, family and property relations, international legal co-operation and litigation, or international commercial and financial law) and refer, if applicable, to a specific Convention or current project.

Applications, including all of the above-mentioned documentation, should be submitted by e-mail to

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

  • carry out basic research on particular points of private international law or comparative law, relevant either to the operation of existing Hague Conventions or to the future work of the Hague Conference;
  • take part in the practical work of preparation for meetings (working groups, Special Commissions, Diplomatic Sessions);
  • carry out preparatory work of translation or documentary research in accordance with the needs of the lawyers of the Permanent Bureau.

Applicants should bear in mind that, in keeping with the role of the Permanent Bureau as the Secretariat of the Hague Conference, the nature of the work assigned to interns will generally be a combination of both legal and administrative work.

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.

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