ICSID Internships 903 views

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The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a member of the World Bank Group, offers internships to students enrolled in a graduate degree program, 3 sessions a year, during the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. The internships, which are based at ICSID’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., enable students with an interest in international investment dispute settlement and international investment law to gain a better understanding of ICSID’s work and help to enhance the students’ academic and career goals.

Up to 4 internships are offered every 4 months, for a minimum period of 12 weeks and a minimum of 10 hours of work per week.  The internship periods are January to April, May to August, and September to December.

Interns will be assigned to case management teams and supervised by experienced ICSID Team Leaders and Counsel.  Case-related tasks may include drafting of working papers, carrying out of research, assisting with the drafting of case correspondence, making logistical arrangements for hearings, and attending hearings with permission from the parties and the tribunal.  Interns will also do research on institutional matters under the supervision of the ICSID Secretary-General and Deputy Secretaries-General.


Interns will not be remunerated but will instead receive academic credit for their work upon successful completion of the internship or be sponsored by their university. Academic credit will be awarded at the end of the semester upon approval by the ICSID supervisor. Interns have to cover their own travelling expenses, and accommodation and living expenses in Washington, D.C.


Applicants must be university students enrolled in a graduate program. They have to provide written confirmation stating that they will either: (i) obtain academic credit for at least 1 term/semester in a course of study; or (ii) will be provided with a stipend by their university for the duration of the internship.

They should have a demonstrated interest in investor-State dispute settlement and international investment law, and have to be rising 3L, LLM or PhD students. Fluency in English and preferably in at least 1 of the other 2 official languages of ICSID (French and Spanish) is required. They should have strong writing and legal drafting skills and possess the ability to conduct research on a range of issues in the fields of arbitration and investment law.

Applicants should have or be able to obtain, a F1 or G4 visa; or are U.S. citizens or residents (Greencard holders). They need to provide proof of medical insurance coverage in Washington, D.C. for the duration of the internship. They also have to satisfy the requirements of their university for an internship.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Applications are to be sent via email usng the form available online. Upcoming deadlines are: 15 November 2018 for the January to April 2019 internship period (spring semester); 15 January 2019 for the May to August 2019 internship period (summer semester); and 15 June 2019 for the September to December 2019 internship period (fall semester).

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