Call for intern: International Law

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut is an internationally renowned research institute in the fields of international law and European law based in The Hague. The institute is affiliated with the University of Amsterdam.

Our values
The Asser community is a public-spirited community that is committed to excellence, integrity, inclusivity, and public values.

Our vision
We envision a world in which local, national and transnational public interests are protected and promoted by international and European public and private law. This is supported by critical reflection conducive to perspectives for action to confront our global challenges.

Our mission
The Asser Institute aims to contribute to the development of international and European public and private law by independently conducting fundamental, policy-oriented and applied legal research, as well as by initiating and facilitating academic and expert meetings, (professional) education, and public events that aim to disseminate knowledge of international and European law.

The T.M.C. Asser Instituut offers law students the opportunity to enrich their knowledge with practical experience of working in the fields of international and European law.

The Institute is currently offering an internship position to assist with research projects in the fields of international law (research strand In the Public Interest: Accountability of the State and the Prosecution of Crimes (ASPC)).

The main tasks of the internship include:

  • To assist with our International Crimes Database (ICD) and our Asser Nexus on Conflict and Crime, including providing daily ICD updates on international humanitarian law and international criminal law and working on the Nexus’ correspondents’ reports;
  • Editing work for papers on ecocide;
  • To provide ad hoc research assistance to the members of the research strand ASPC;
  • To help with the logistics of (online) events and the subsequent drafting of reports.  

What we offer:
A full-time, paid (€ 400 to € 550 a month, depending on level of education) internship for a period of six months for a law student specialising in international law. Each intern will have the possibility to spend one day a week on his/her own research and will be actively encouraged to deliver a publication before the end of the internship.

The envisaged starting date of the internships is 20 February 2023.

Interested candidates should:

  • Be enrolled as a student in international law;
  • Have a demonstrable interest in international humanitarian law and/or international criminal law;
  • Have strong editorial skills;
  • Have strong English language skills;
  • Have full computer proficiency (experience in maintaining websites and in social media is an advantage);
  • Be motivated and able to work independently and within a team.

Internships at Asser are for students only. This means that you must be registered as a student at a university or a school, and must be eligible to live and work in the Netherlands (through either EU citizenship or a student visa from a Dutch university). Recent graduates (bachelor and master) may apply, but only within the first year of graduation, when ‘learning through interning’ may still add to your education.

The internship is an opportunity to learn in an active and dynamic research environment. Therefore, we expect interns to be present at the Institute in The Hague. It is not a remote working opportunity.

Regretfully, the Asser Institute cannot hire students without EU citizenship for internships, unless they already have a Dutch residency and work permit. In order to accelerate the selection process, please include relevant visa status or residence permit information in your application.

Please make sure to read this page on internships at the T.M.C. Asser Instituut to make sure you are eligible to apply.

How to apply:
Students who are interested in applying should send their letter of motivation, a CV, and a writing sample of around 5000 words in English (preferably submitted in a single PDF file) to po@asser.nl by 6 February 2023 at 10:00 CET at the latest indicating ‘Application ASPC Internship’ on the subject line, as applicable. Individual interviews will take place during the week of 13 February 2022. Applications received after the deadline, not including the required three components (letter of motivation, a CV and a writing sample) will not be considered eligible.