International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) Internship 1134 views


31 March 2019

Type of Funding

Partially funded
Not funded




Approximately 20 International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) internships are available each year for young government officials and students of law, international relations, public relations, political science, library science and translation, to acquaint them with the work and functions of the Tribunal and to enable the Tribunal and its members to benefit from the assistance of persons with relevant knowledge and skills.

Internships are offered in the legal, library, linguistic services and press office departments, and interns will work full-time in Hamburg, Germany, for 3 months, in fields such as the law of the sea, public international law, international organizations and international relations, political science, public information, publications and library science, and translation. The internship periods are: January to March, April to June, July to September and October to December.


Interns are not paid, and either they or their sponsoring institutions will have to bear the costs of travel and accommodation, as well as living expenses. In some cases, financial assistance is provided by The Trust Fund for the Law of the Sea for nationals of developing countries included in the OECD list of countries, who are also residents of those countries.

Interns are responsible for obtaining the necessary visas and arranging their travel to and accommodation in Hamburg. They also have to purchase their own medical insurance cover and provide a medical certificate stating that they are in good health.


All internship applicants should generally be 35 years old or younger, have completed at least 3 years of university studies, be engaged in a degree-granting or postgraduate programme at the time of application and also during the internship, and possess a good command of English and/or French. They must be interested in international law, in particular international law of the sea, international affairs or international institutions and organizations. Due consideration will be given to geographical diversity and gender balance.


Applications are to be sent online by 30 June 2018 for the October to December 2018 internship; by 30 September 2018 for the January to March 2019 internship; by 31 December 2018 for the April to June 2019 internship; and by 31 March 2019, for the July to September 2019 internship period.

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