ICSID offers unpaid internship opportunities to students enrolled in a graduate degree program who are eligible and qualified for an internship (sometimes referred to as an externship) under their University rules and World Bank Group requirements (see below). The main objective of the internships is to allow students with an interest in international investment dispute settlement and international investment law to gain a better understanding of ICSID's work, enhance their academic and career goals and contribute to ICSID's mission.  To this end, the Centre is looking for enthusiastic and energetic candidates who can work effectively in a team-based environment.

Up to six internships are offered every four months, for a minimum period of 12 weeks and a minimum of 10 hours of work per week.  The internship periods are September-December, January-April and May-August. The internships take place at the seat of the Centre in Washington, D.C. (unless travel restrictions apply due to COVID).

Interns will be assigned to a case management team or the institutional.  Under the supervision of experienced ICSID Team Leaders and Counsel, they will assist in the administration of cases and with institutional projects.  Case-related tasks may include drafting working papers, carrying out research on issues that arise in the course of a case, assisting with the drafting of case correspondence, making logistical arrangements for hearings, and attending hearings with permission from the parties and the tribunal.  Interns will also do research on institutional matters under the supervision of the ICSID Secretary-General and Deputy Secretaries-General.  Interns are included as part of the teams while at ICSID, they are assigned to a supervisor, and are invited to participate in internal training opportunities.


Eligible candidates must be enrolled in a graduate program. They must also be able to provide written confirmation stating that they will either: (i) obtain academic credit for at least one term/semester in a course of study; or (ii) will be provided with a stipend by their university for the duration of the internship.

Candidates must further have or be able to obtain an F1 or G4 visa, or be U.S. citizens or residents (Green Card holders), and be able to cover the costs of travel, accommodation and living expenses in Washington, D.C. In addition, ICSID recommends that selected interns procure a medical insurance for the period of the internship.

Finally, candidates must satisfy the requirements of their university for an internship (as these may vary, students are encouraged to seek confirmation from the university that they are eligible for a particular internship period prior to applying).


Interns are selected on a competitive basis and must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A demonstrated interest and knowledge of investor-State dispute settlement and international investment law.
  • Rising 3L, LLM or Ph.D. Student.
  • Fluency in English and preferably in at least one of the other two official languages of ICSID (i.e., French and Spanish).
  • Ability to conduct research on a range of issues in the fields of arbitration and investment law.
  • Strong writing and legal drafting skills.

ICSID is committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality, culture and educational background.  Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. 

Terms of Employment

Interns will not be remunerated but will instead receive academic credit for their work upon successful completion of the internship or be sponsored by the university in which s/he is enrolled. The deliverables will be directly related to the scope of work detailed in the terms of reference agreed at the beginning of the internship. Academic credit will be awarded at the end of the semester upon approval by the ICSID supervisor.

How to Apply

Individuals who meet all of the above requirements and qualifications may apply by completing the attached form and append their CVs. Applications should be sent by e-mail to [email protected].

The deadlines for applications are:

  • June 15 for the September-December Internship period (fall semester)
  • November 15 for the January-April Internship period (spring semester); and
  • January 15 for the May-August Internship period (summer semester). 

Any questions about the internship should be addressed to [email protected].