[PLEASE NOTE THAT ICSID WILL MOVE ITS SUMMER 2020 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM, AND POSSIBILY THE FALL 2020 INTERNSHIP PROGRAM, TO VIRTUAL FORMAT IN RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS.]
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 restrictions apply due to the current COVID-19 pandemic).
Interns will be assigned to a case management teams or the institutional team. 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 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: