Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre internship


This internship is aimed at practising lawyers and law students who are interested in international dispute resolution and international arbitration.

The internship period is for eight weeks with a flexible starting date between November 2024 – February 2025. The internship will take place in Hong Kong.

An HKIAC internship is a practical educational experience. Interns will principally assist the Secretariat in discharging its day-to-day duties.

The aim of the HKIAC internship programme is to challenge interns intellectually, to give them a sense of what arbitration and alternative dispute resolution are in practical terms and to better equip them for the next stages in their careers.

Applications close 30 June

About HKIAC

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.

2019 HKIAC intern Naushyn Janah talks about her internship experience

More information about HKIAC can be found by visiting the company's website.

What the intern will do

Under supervision, interns will be assigned tasks and projects that, to the extent possible, are relevant to their educational background and interests and provide the opportunity to put into practice and further develop their theoretical knowledge.

Interns may be asked to:

  • undertake research on various topics in international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution
  • assist with the case management team in administering arbitration, mediation, adjudication and domain name cases
  • draft articles and prepare materials
  • attend and assist with planning hearings, meetings, seminars and conferences
  • compile case statistics
  • translate documents.

Where appropriate, HKIAC encourages its interns to exercise initiative and engage in independent thinking.

Key dates

  • Applications open 28 May 2024
  • Applications must be submitted by 5pm, 30 June 2024
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified by early July 2024
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an in-person or online panel interview to select the successful candidate
  • The successful candidate will be advised in late July 2024
  • All selected interns will be supported to attend a group induction day in Auckland in late November 2024.
  • The internship period is for eight weeks with a flexible starting date between November 2024 – February 2025.

Eligibility

Applicants must be:

  • New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status
  • due to complete at least two years of tertiary study majoring in law at a New Zealand university by November 2024 or practising at a law firm in New Zealand when they apply
  • able to demonstrate an interest in a career in international dispute resolution 
  • willing to participate in Foundation activities following the internship such as panel discussions, round tables and school talks.

What's covered

The Foundation will cover:

  • return airfares
  • a travel insurance subsidy
  • accommodation costs
  • most living costs.

HKIAC will pay intern the minimum wage according to the Hong Kong minimum wage ordinance. The intern would be required to contribute $500NZD to cover daily living costs during the internship. 

Management of the programme

The Asia New Zealand Foundation and HKIAC will jointly deliver pastoral care and support professional development in cultural competency.

Terms and conditions

Applicants should be willing to:

  • take out appropriate travel insurance (subsidised by the Foundation)
  • write a final three-page report evaluating the internship experience
  • participate in Foundation professional development activities and networking events after they return.

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 to provide two reports (web article and final report) 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 the internship) and write a final three-page report evaluating the internship experience at the end of the programme.

How to apply

To apply, please fill in our online application form.

You will need to upload a copy of:

  • your cv
  • your academic transcript
  • a cover letter outlining your motivation for applying.

Applications must be submitted by 5pm, 30 June, 2024.

Questions

If you have a question about the internships, please first check our 'What you need to know' page and if your question is not answered there, email the Foundation’s project officer (internships) Joyce Bonde. jbonde@asianz.org.nz.