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Internship Program



The PCA's internship program provides law students and graduates with the opportunity to participate in the functioning of the International Bureau. Internships are offered to individuals with outstanding academic records seeking work experience at an international arbitration institution.


Interns are expected to participate to the greatest extent possible in the regular functioning of the organization. The PCA aims to offer a balance of legal and administrative assignments, enabling interns to gain insight into both the practical and legal aspects of international arbitration.


Interns benefit from the PCA’s location in The Hague, the seat of several international tribunals and other intergovernmental organizations. Interns also have access to the renowned international law collection at the Peace Palace Library.


The internship program operates year-round on a cycle of four terms of three months each. The term schedule is as follows:


    Term 1 - January through March

    Term 2 - April through June

    Term 3 - July through September

    Term 4 - October through December


Internships generally begin on the first day of the month in which the term commences and conclude on the last day of month in which the term ends.


PCA-ICCA Internship


The PCA also offers an internship in association with the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA). A PCA-ICCA intern will undertake legal research, legal editing and organizational tasks, including work on ICCA publications, ICCA outreach projects (such as ICCA’s work worldwide on harmonization in the implementation of the 1958 New York Convention) and Young ICCA seminars and projects. Interns will in principle not be engaged in arbitration case work conducted under the auspices of the PCA.

PCA-ICCA internships are available in three terms as follows:
Term 1 - January through March
Term 2 - April through June
Term 3 - October through December