International arbitration internship opportunity, Hong Kong

This internship is aimed at practicing lawyers under the age of 30 and law students who are interested in international dispute resolution and, in particular, international arbitration.

The 2017 application round for this internship has now closed

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The Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) is one of the world's leading dispute resolution institutions, specialising in arbitration, mediation, adjudication and domain name disputes resolution. For more information about HKIAC, please visit its website at 

About the internship

The internship is for three months depending on the successful applicants’ preference and will commence between the months of December 2017 to late February 2018. For applicants with greater flexibility, it may be possible to intern at other times of the year, except for July and August.

Successful candidates will be placed at HKIAC’s office in Hong Kong, where they will assist the secretariat in discharging its day-to-day duties. The intern will be assigned to an arbitration counsel who will act as a mentoring supervisor.

Law students and young legal practitioners with an eagerness to learn, an excellent work ethic, and an interest in a career in dispute resolution in the Asian region are strongly encouraged to apply. Chinese language ability is an advantage but is not required as English is widely used in Hong Kong.

This opportunity is a new internship for students and practitioners from New Zealand. The Foundation is looking to recruit one intern for HKIAC in 2017.

Short-listed applicants, whose applications proceed past the first interview in New Zealand, will be interviewed by an HKIAC representative at the second interview stage of the selection process.


Applicants must be:

  • New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status
  • studying at a university or practicing at a law firm in New Zealand when they apply
  • able to demonstrate an interest in a career in international dispute resolution 
  • prepared to share their experience via the Foundation’s website and at suitable fora on his/her return to New Zealand
  • willing to participate in Foundation activities following the internship such as panel discussions, roundtables and school talks.

While having some Chinese language ability would be an advantage, it is not a pre-requisite for this opportunity.

How are the costs covered?

The costs will be split between the Foundation, HKIAC and the intern.

The Foundation provides a grant of NZ$5,000 as a subsidy to cover round-trip airfares to and from Hong Kong as well as a financial grant to cover insurance, living expenses, and some of the accommodation costs. The intern may need to contribute their own funds for accommodation, depending on the type and quality of accommodation they find.

HKIAC will cover the intern’s cost of commuting to and from the office and will offer helpful advice on accommodation options. Interns at HKIAC generally use online booking services to secure suitable accommodation. Accommodation options will be discussed with the successful applicant prior to departure.

The interns who are studying will be required to contribute NZ$500 towards covering living and leisure activity (e.g. dining out, evening entertainment, weekend excursions).

Successful interns are asked not to apply to other New Zealand government-funded organisations to defray the costs of this internship.

How to apply

Please email your CV, a succinct covering letter that outlines your motivation for applying, and academic transcripts to:

The 2017 application round for this internship has now closed

For more information phone 09 369 5014.

Terms and conditions

Successful applicants will be required to agree to the standard Terms and Conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients.

Reporting Requirements

Foundation interns are expected provide reports on their experience, and to seek opportunities to share their experience on their return to New Zealand, and to remain engaged with the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Sharing your experience with others is an important part of this initiative as it enlightens others about developments in Asia. 

Interns are expected to write a 600 word article (with accompanying photos) on their internship that will appear on the Foundation’s website (to be submitted during or no longer than a month after returning from the internship).


For more information phone 09 369 5014.

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