Internship – Eхternal Relations and State Cooperation Unit

ICC - International Criminal Court

23497 Registry 

Organisational Unit: External Operations Support Section, Registry Duty Station: The Hague – NL Contract Duration: 6 months Deadline for Applications:

27 May 2024

Due to the volume of applications received, only successful applicants will be contacted by the Court. 

Required Documents for This Application

Please note that you will need to have the following information ready in order to complete your application:

  • A completed “Duties and Responsibilities Form” (refer to step 1 on your eRecruitment Profile page).
  • Motivation letter (maximum of 400 words).
  • Two reference letters (one academic).
  • Scanned copies of university degrees and/or diplomas.
  • Scanned copies of official academic transcripts that state your courses, results and completion date.
  • One short essay or a writing sample on a subject relevant to the work of the Court (maximum of 750 words, single spaced, type written).

Contract Duration

Interns are required to work full time for a period of six months. Internship placements shall not be extended beyond six months.

Organisational Context

The External Relations and State Cooperation Unit coordinates and supports the Registry’s external relation and cooperation activities. To this end, it advises on strategies, recommends policies and adopts procedures. In close coordination with the Country Analysis Unit and the Chief of Field Offices, it assists the Chief of Section in leading external relations and cooperation mandate of the Registry. The Unit is in charge of state cooperation matters, including (field) host state affairs and the execution of request for assistance and cooperation and judicial cooperation with States and international organizations. The Unit supports the negotiation of agreements and memoranda of understanding. It also conducts fundraising activities and organizes and implements high-level seminars, technical events and trainings.

Duties and Responsibilities

Typical duties and responsibilities of interns are:

  • Conducting research and drafting reports on non-judicial cooperation matters as well as variety of external relations activities with an operational nature in support of the Registry’s work and its field operations
  • Attending meetings and conferences, preparing supporting documentation, preparing of summaries or minutes of meetings and subsequent reports
  • Liaising with representatives of States, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations and other external stakeholders in support of non-judicial activities of the Registry  and its field operations
  • Drafting note verbales, diplomatic correspondence, reports and requests for assistance to States and IO’s in support of the Registry’s operations and its field activities
  • Supporting logistical and other related preparations for events.
  • Perform any other duties as required.

Required Qualifications

The candidate should have an academic background in political science, law, international relations, management, journalism/public information, or a related field, OR a degree in law or a relevant legal qualification or be in the final stages of their studies at a recognized university, demonstrating very good knowledge in international /national criminal law, comparative law and criminology, public international law, international humanitarian law or human rights. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.

Internship placements focus on 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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to adapt to multicultural and multilingual working environments.
  • Possesses strong teamwork skills (listens, consults and communicates proactively).
  • Very good oral communication and drafting skills.
  • Has acquired a good standard of computer skills (including Microsoft Office applications) and research skills (including the use of electronic databases).

Knowledge of Languages:
Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English, is required. Working knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

Other criteria:

It is the Court’s objective to have diversity and gender balance. And in line with the ICC’s efforts to improve geographical representation among staff, nationals of non-represented and under-represented countries at the ICC are encouraged to apply. The list can be found here.


Please note that internship and visiting professional placements at the ICC are unfunded. The ICC is not able to provide participants in the Internship and Visiting Professional Programme with any remuneration, nor is it possible to provide reimbursement for expenses incurred prior, during or after the internship or visiting professional placement.

Applicants must therefore be able to support themselves for the entire duration of their internship or visiting professional placement.

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