Internship program

Accepted Interns Online application FAQ.

 

 

 

General Program Information

The Internship Program of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (I / A Court HR) offers students and professionals in the areas of law, international relations, political science, journalism, communication, languages, translation or other relevant disciplines, the opportunity to practice in the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights.

 

Program Objectives

  • To provide an understanding of the operation of the Inter-American System for the Protection of Human Rights, the applicable international instruments and disseminate the activities of the Tribunal.
  • Provide the selected participants with practical experience and relevant training that complements their academic or professional training, which can then be applied in the different work areas in which they perform once the internship is completed.
  • Promote the participation in the work of the Tribunal of persons of different nationalities and of different legal systems.

 

Participation Requirements

  • Be a graduate professional or student of at least fourth year of university in the areas of law, international relations, political science, journalism, communication, languages, translation or other relevant disciplines.
  • Priority will be given to the applicant who speaks, reads and fluently writes the Spanish language. It is recommended that you have English language proficiency. Knowledge of other official languages ​​of the Court will be highly valued.
  • Complete the application form. Upon successful completion of this requirement, they will receive an automatic notification of acknowledgment of receipt that will include the application form number
  • Attach in pdf format and in a single file: certificates obtained (university degree, certificates of participation in internships, workshops, seminars, etc.), if you are a student you must attach a certificate or certification from your respective university indicating that you are a student and year in progress; a letter of recommendation from an academic or labor superior.
  • Have full time availability to complete the stay in the Tribunal which lasts for 4 months.
  • Participate in the induction session that takes place on the first day of admission to the program. This is indicated on the form as the only business day to start the internship.
  • Commit to participate in the program until the end of the internship (4 months).
  • Acquire insurance for medical expenses that covers the entire stay in the program.
  • Having the ability to work in a group in an effective and professional way, within an international and multicultural environment.
  • Accept to work in the team and the activities assigned to it. It is not possible to make a change of work area once your internship has begun. The work is assigned according to the needs and priorities of each department.
  • Accept the terms of confidentiality and ownership of the program. All the material and information entrusted to you during the internship is confidential and any product made during the internship is the property of the Inter-American Court.
  • Consult the Costa Rican Consulate closest to your place of residence about:

-The requirements for the visa process to enter Costa Rica; and
-The vaccines required to enter Costa Rica

 

Selection Criteria

The selection process is carried out in conjunction with the different departments of the Secretariat. The decision is final and unappealable.

Applications that do not meet the established requirements will not be taken into consideration.

Only selected interns will be notified by email.

Applicants who have not been elected may reapply to the program in the following periods.

The participant who has been chosen and has declined more than once after confirming their participation may not apply for the following periods.

 

Job Overview

 

Legal Assistance and Supervision

The interns work directly with the lawyers of the legal area of ​​the Court assisting in the tasks they perform, both in matters of merits of contentious cases and in supervision of compliance with judgment and provisional measures.

The work of the interns assigned to the legal area consists, among other functions, in investigating human rights issues; to write reports; analyze international human rights jurisprudence; collaborate in the processing of contentious cases, advisory opinions, provisional measures and supervision of compliance with judgments of the Court; provide logistical help during public hearings or other events; develop legal arguments for specific cases; make indexes and mappings of files and documents; and, in some cases, documentary preservation. Likewise, they may be required to carry out more extensive research on specific topics that serve as inputs for the preparation of sentencing projects or for institutional knowledge. Interns must also participate in the day-to-day activities of the Court, such as the review and translation of documents, as well as other administrative tasks.

 

Presidency and Secretariat Advice:

The interns work directly in the Advisory Unit of the Presidency and Secretariat of the Court. The work consists, among other functions, in investigating human rights issues, writing reports, analyzing international human rights jurisprudence, providing logistical assistance during public hearings, seminars and other events held at the seat of the Tribunal or in which they participate the judges, as well as assisting the adviser of the Presidency in any other task that requires. In general, all interns must perform administrative tasks, including review and translation of documents.

 

Information and Knowledge Management:

Interns work directly in the Information and Knowledge Management Area in the Inter-American Court Library building. The work consists of, among other functions, in investigating human rights issues, writing reports, analyzing and creating databases, gathering and systematizing information on international human rights jurisprudence, providing logistical assistance during public hearings, seminars and other events perform at the headquarters of the Court, as well as assist the Information and Knowledge Management Area in any other task that requires. In general, all interns must also perform administrative tasks, including review and translation of documents.

 

Communication:

Interns work directly in the Communication Department of the Secretariat of the Court. The work consists in investigating human rights issues, writing reports, providing assistance to protocol tasks, translation of specific content into English for social networks and websites; social network management, daily preparation of the press summary, support in the development of events and information management; audiovisual production and graphic design, among others. As well as assisting the person in charge of Communication in any other task that requires.

 

International Cooperation:

Interns work directly with the International Cooperation team of the Court. The work consists of, among other functions, in investigating human rights issues, writing reports of different nature, analyzing international jurisprudence and other documentation related to human rights, collaborating in the elaboration of publications of the Inter-American Court, developing programs and training materials, provide logistical and professional help in seminars and other events that take place at the seat of the Tribunal or any other task that is required. In general, all interns must perform administrative tasks, including review and translation of documents.

If you want to know more about the Internship Program of the Inter-American Court, we invite you to read the FAQ section.