Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre online internship

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


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.

The 2021 application round has closed

About the internship

The Foundation is looking to recruit one intern for the HKIAC internship in 2021. The intern will undertake the internship online.

The successful candidate will be given a specific project or meaningful work relevant to their area of study. A mentor and supervisor will be assigned to monitor the intern’s professional development.

Chinese language ability is an advantage but is not required as English is widely used in Hong Kong.

In previous years, the Foundation has sent interns HKIAC’s office in Hong Kong where they will assist with the Secretariat in discharging its day-to-day duties. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s internship with HKIAC will be held entirely virtually through remote working. If you are a tertiary student who is positive, confident, and interested in dispute resolution in Asia, we encourage you to apply.

Management of the programme

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



Applicants must be:

  • New Zealand citizens or have New Zealand permanent resident status
  • due to complete two years of tertiary study majoring in law at a university by November 2021 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

This is a paid internship. Other expenses such as purchase of laptops are not covered.

Terms and conditions

The successful applicant will be required to agree to the standard Terms and Conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients.

Reporting requirements

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

The 2021 application round has closed

Key dates

  •  Due to disruptions caused by the Level 4 situation in New Zealand, the deadline for applications for this internship has been extended by one week to 6 September.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified by mid- September 2021. 
  • Short-listed applicants will be invited to an in-person or online panel interview to select the successful candidate.
  • The successful candidate will be advised in October 2021.
  • All selected interns will be supported to attend a group induction day in Auckland in November 2021.


If you have a question about the internships, first check Frequently Asked Questions page and if your question is not answered there, please email the Foundation's project coordinator internships Linh Le:  [email protected].