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Investigation & Analysis Internship Opportunity with International Criminal Court, Hague: Apply by Feb 28

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The International Criminal Court (ICC) has opened its applications for internships in the organizational unit ‘Investigations Teams, Office Of The Prosecutor’ (Legal). The interns are expected to work remotely within the duty station (The Hague).

About the ICC

The International Criminal Court (ICC or ICCt) is an intergovernmental organization and international tribunal that sits in The Hague, Netherlands. The ICC is the first and only permanent international court with jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for the international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. It is intended to complement existing national judicial systems and it may therefore exercise its jurisdiction only when national courts are unwilling or unable to prosecute criminals. The ICC lacks universal territorial jurisdiction, and may only investigate and prosecute crimes committed within member states, crimes committed by nationals of member states, or crimes in situations referred to the Court by the United Nations Security Council.

The ICC began operations on 1 July 2002, upon the entry into force of the Rome Statute, a multilateral treaty that serves as the court’s foundational and governing document. States which become a party to the Rome Statute become members of the ICC, serving on the Assembly of States Parties, which administers the court. As of December 2020, there are 123 ICC member states; 42 states have neither signed nor become parties to the Rome Statute.

About the Internship

The ICC is offering internship opportunities in the organizational unit Investigations Teams, Office Of The Prosecutor. The internship is a legal one and will be for a duration of 6 months.

To participate in containing the COVID-19 spread and in line with the measures adopted by the Host State, the ICC staff members, interns, and visiting professional based in The Hague are currently working remotely. Accordingly, the candidates selected for this position are expected to work remotely from within the duty station (The Hague) until the re-opening of the ICC’s premises. They are also expected to work with their own computer and internet connection.


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.

Organizational Context

The Office of the Prosecutor investigates and prosecutes genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes committed by nationals of a State Party or on the territory of a State Party on or after 1 July 2002, the date of entry into force of the Rome Statute.

The Investigation Division (ID), under the overall management of its Director and management team, provides the investigative component of the integrated team which conducts the Office’s investigations and prosecutions under the responsibility of the Prosecution Division’s Senior Trial Lawyer. ID recruits, trains, and monitors the performance of investigators, analysts and data inputters within the integrated team.

Duties and Responsibilities

The candidate will be assigned to work within an investigative team, supporting its evidence collection and/or analytical activities.

Under the supervision of the Team Leader, the Head of the IAS or a designated analyst, and in compliance with the relevant protocols and methods, the candidate will perform one or more of the following duties:

  • Provide support to the investigative team with the preparation of evidence collection activities, as well as with the handling, recording, and processing of information and evidence in accordance with OTP standard operating procedures
  • Databases: Data entry and data cleaning (including structured and unstructured data) for relevant databases, such as the Fact Analysis Database (FAD) that collates and integrates evidence for every case by incidents, alleged perpetrators, victims, locations, groups, and other issues relevant to the investigation.
  • Crime pattern: Support for crime pattern monitoring and analysis for situations and cases under investigation, with the required collection of information from open or other sources, data entry and data cleaning, and storage of the relevant sources, using the required software tools.
  • Telecommunications: Data entry and data processing to support the analysis of telecommunications and similarly structured data (financial or other) through relevant software and databases.
  • Searches: Conducts searches in databases or open sources as required to support investigations and analysis.
  • Assist with all the logistics related to the planning and preparation of field missions, as well as post-mission activities (note: interns will not participate in field missions);
  • Other: Any other support task required to assist investigators and analysis, including the production of summaries and collations, corroboration checks, and sourcing of reports or other analytical products.



All Candidates must have a degree or be in the final stages of their studies at a recognised university. Candidates are expected to have a very good record of academic performance.


Internship placements focus on candidates in the early stages of their professional careers therefore; practical experience is not an essential prerequisite for selection. However, practical experience that is relevant to the work of the Court may be considered an asset.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Confidentiality: Ability to keep strict confidentiality about the relevant information and procedures.
  • Accuracy: Excellent attention to detail and accuracy when processing information.
  • 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, and databases)

Knowledge of Languages

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 (See, ‘Required Qualifications’ section on the official page) are strongly encouraged to apply.

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).
  • Two reference letters (one academic).
  • Scanned copies of university degrees and/or diplomas.
  • Scanned copies of official academic transcripts that state your courses, results, and completion date.
  • One short essay on a subject relevant to the work of the Court (maximum of 750 words, single spaced, type written)

Travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic: The ICC’s interns and visiting professionals are covered by the Headquarters Agreement, and therefore the ICC is able to assist them with travel and visa arrangements when moving to the duty station.


  • 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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