About International Criminal Court (ICC)

The International Criminal Court (ICC) investigates and, where warranted, tries individuals charged with the gravest crimes of concern to the international community: genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression. ​Headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, ICC aims to engage in two-way dialogue directly with communities that have suffered from crimes under its jurisdiction, so that they can communicate directly with the Court and gain a sense of ownership in the judicial process.  ICC ensures that trials are fair, that the Office of Prosecutor acts independently, that the Defendant’s right to fair proceeding in a language they understand is upheld, and the participating victims and witnesses are protected.

About the Internship

The International Criminal Court offers approximately 200 internships per calendar year for students and graduates across various fields (including but not limited to) law; human resources; translation and interpretation; IT management; and social psychology.
These internships are offered as an opportunity for candidates in the early stages of their career to gain exposure to the day-to-day working environment of the ICC, and to put their knowledge and experience into practise under the supervision of working professionals. 


All candidates must have a relevant degree or be in the final stages of their studies at a recognised university. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance. As internship positions are intended for people at the start of their careers practical experience is not a prerequisite for selection. However practical experience that is relevant to the Court may be considered an asset. 

Unless specific language skills are stated as a requirement in a position posting, only good oral and drafting communication skills in one of the official languages of the Court (English and French) are required. However, 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. 


Interns are required to work full time for a period between three and six months (to be agreed prior to commencement). Internship placements will not be extended beyond six months. Interns are entitled to 2.5 days of recreation leave per month, which can be taken individually or as one block in consultation with your supervisor. 

Considerations to keep in mind

The ICC is not able to provide all participants in the Internship with remuneration; applicants should therefore plan to be able to support themselves for the duration of their placement. Individuals are ineligible to apply if they have a parent or a sibling currently working at the Court.

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