Internship – Staff Union Council THE HAGUE

  • Internship/Traineeship
  • The Hague

Website ICC - International Criminal Court

  • Organization: ICC – International Criminal Court
  • Location: The Hague
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Labour Market Policy
  • Closing Date:

21379 | Staff Union Council


Organisational Unit: Staff Union Council
Duty Station: The Hague – NL
Contract Duration: 6 months
Deadline for Applications: 31 December 2022


Required Documents for this Application

Please note that you will need to have the following information ready in order to complete your application:

  • A completed “Duties and Responsibilities Form” (refer to step 1 on your eRecruitment Profile page).
  • Motivation letter (maximum of 400 words in French or English).
  • Two reference letters (one academic).
  • Scanned copies of university degrees and/or diplomas.
  • Scanned copies of official academic transcripts that state your courses, subject, results and completion date.
  • One short essay on a subject relevant to the political, or security situation in the areas of operation of the International Criminal Court (maximum of 750 words, single spaced, type written, in French or English).


Contract Duration

Interns are required to work full time for a period of six months (to be agreed to prior to commencement). Internship placements shall not be extended beyond six months.


Organisational Context

The International Criminal Court Staff Union Council is the sole representative body for the staff of the International Criminal Court. Through the Staff Union Council, staff members of the ICC can speak with one voice on issues relating to employment conditions and staff welfare.


Internships with the ICC Staff Union Council provide a unique opportunity for selected undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students pursuing a course of study or work in administrative law, labour/employment law, community organising, communications/journalism, or web design to gain practical work experience by involving them directly in the work of the ICC Staff Union Council.


Interns provide the Staff Union Council with assistance for a limited period (maximum of 6 months) and will gain practical experience in their area of academic study. Applicants to the Staff Union Council will also be expected to meet the general eligibility requirements for participation in the Internship and Visiting Professional Programme.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Drafting communications (e.g. emails, posters or newsletters) for Staff Union Council members;
  • Assistance in the preparation of legal briefs, conducting legal or other research on United Nations common system issues and labour rights issues
  • Assistance in the drafting of correspondence, reports and other documents;
  • Assistance in the organisation, preparation and support of internal meetings, committees, and working groups within the Staff Union Council;
  • Assistance with the maintenance of the Intranet website;
  • Preparation of minutes and summary of actions to be taken
  • Follow up with focal points on specific actions and deadlines


Required Qualifications


Candidates must have a degree from or be in the final stages of their studies at a recognised university. The candidate applying for the Staff Union Council should have an advanced academic background in one or more of the following areas:

  • Law
  • Public Policy
  • Communication, Arts and/or IT
  • Journalism/Communications
  • Web design
  • Community Advocacy/Organizing


Work Experience:

Internship placements focus on candidates in the early stages of their professional careers. Practical experience is not an essential prerequisite for selection. Should there be a practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Staff Union Council, it may be considered an asset. However, such working experience should not exceed 3 (three) years.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Able to adapt to multicultural and multilingual working environments
  • Possesses strong teamwork skills (listens, consults and communicates proactively)
  • Has acquired a good standard of computer skills (including Microsoft Office applications)



Proficiency in one of the working languages of the Court, French or English, is required. Working knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official language of the Court (Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.


Other criteria:

In line with the ICC’s efforts to improve geographical representation among staff, nationals of the countries listed below are strongly encouraged to apply.


Non-represented or under-represented countries at the ICC as of 31 December 2021: Afghanistan, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Comoros, Congo, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Fiji, Gabon, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, Jordan, Kiribati, Latvia, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Namibia, Nauru, Niger, North Macedonia, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Republic of Korea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Slovakia, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia.



Please note that internship and visiting professional placements at the ICC are unfunded. The ICC is not able to provide participants in the Internship and Visiting Professional Programme with any remuneration, nor is it possible to provide reimbursement for expenses incurred prior, during or after the internship or visiting professional placement.


Applicants must therefore be able to support themselves for the entire duration of their internship or visiting professional placement.


Limited funding may, however, be available through the ICC’s Trust Fund for the Development of Interns and Visiting Professionals, which receives donations from States Parties and other donors.


If funding is available, the Human Resources Section will advertise a funded vacancy announcement in accordance with the terms of reference of the Trust Fund as agreed by the donors.


In order to be eligible for a funded placement, if advertised, the applicant must, among other criteria, be a national from a country that is a State Party to the Rome Statue and appears on the United Nations Statistics Division’s list of developing regions.

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