Internships in the Legal Division of International Committee of Red Cross

The ICRC’s Legal Division is offering six paid internships for a period of one year at its headquarters in Geneva. The start dates vary, with four of the selected interns scheduled to begin in September/October 2012, and the other two in January 2013.

Applications are to be submitted  between the 3rd and the 30th of April 2012. Any application submitted outside of this period will not be considered.  The selection process will take place between May and June 2012.

Your application file should include the following elements:

  • A fully completed traineeship form (attached below)
  • A cover letter, not exceeding 800 words
  • A CV, not exceeding two pages, which indicates in particular:
    •  The number of hours of international humanitarian law (IHL) courses followed
    • Any academic writings and/or other research work carried out in IHL

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Trainees at the Legal Division undertake a variety of assignments, including carrying out research and writing project briefs on specific legal questions primarily related to IHL, both in French and  in English. They also review legal documents, contribute to the preparation of meetings, prepare draft reports or minutes of meetings and give presentations on IHL to groups visiting the ICRC.

Profile required:

  • A university degree in law or international relations, as well as a Master degree in international law (or an equivalent post-graduate training);
  • Excellent knowledge of IHL (shortlisted candidates will be tested in IHL during the course of the interviews). Good knowledge of international human rights law is an asset;
  • Fluency in either French or English, and a very good understanding of the other;
  • Good computer skills (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc);
  • Applicants should be between 25 and 30 years old at the beginning of the internship.

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