International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) Internship 1485 views


31 March 2020

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.

The Tribunal’s Internship Programme is normally a full-time programme that takes place in the Tribunal’s offices in Hamburg, Germany. Internships usually cover a period of 3 months, from January to March, April to June, July to September and October to December. In exceptional cases, individual internships may be extended.

Internships are offered in the following departments:

  • Legal Office
  • Library
  • Linguistic Services
  • Press Office.


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.

Applicants from developing countries can apply for financial assistance under the Trust Fund for the Law of the Sea.

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.

Interns receive a certificate upon successful completion of the internship.


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.

Applicants for financial assistance under the Trust Fund must be nationals of a developing country included in the OECD list and should normally be resident in that country. They have to be in need of financial assistance to help cover the travel and living costs associated with an internship in Hamburg.


Applications are to be sent online by 30 June 2019 for the October to December 2019 internship; by 30 September 2019 for the January to March 2020 internship; by 31 December 2019 for the April to June 2020 internship; and by 31 March 2020, for the July to September 2020 internship period. Applicants have to indicate their intention to apply for funding when they submit their internship application form.

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