Internship Programme (Legal - Shanghai office)

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Internship Programme (Legal - Shanghai office)

HKIAC offers internships to motivated students or other individuals in the early stages of their legal careers who wish to learn more about arbitration and alternate dispute resolution in Hong Kong and generally.

HKIAC internship is a practical educational experience and, during their time with HKIAC, interns will principally assist the Secretariat in discharging its day-to-day duties. Under supervision, interns will be assigned tasks and projects which, 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. Where appropriate, HKIAC encourages its interns to exercise initiative and engage in independent thinking.

In particular 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 marketing materials;

  • attend and assist with planning hearings, meetings, seminars and conferences;

  • perform market research and compile case statistics; and,

  • translate documents.

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.

Term Dates and Deadlines

The internship will last for at least 3 months (more than 3 months is preferred).

Despite the large number of applications received every year, we limit our intake to a small number of interns annually. The Internship Programme operates year round. In order to facilitate the processing of applications, HKIAC divides its Internship Programme into generally four terms. HKIAC may consider late applications in exceptional circumstances. The term schedules for 2024 and 2025 are as follows:

Term 1: 19 February 2024 to 30 June 2024

Term 2: 1 July 2024 to 31 October 2024

Term 3: 1 November 2024 to 31 January 2025

Applications will be reviewed on a pool basis. The closing date to apply for Term 1 is 31 December 2023.
* If you are not contacted by HKIAC for an interview by 15 January 2024, you may assume that your application has not been successful.

Eligibility Requirements

All candidates who wish to apply for the HKIAC Internship Programme must:

  • be highly motivated and able to work well in an international and multicultural environment;

  • have excellent academic qualifications;

  • hold an undergraduate degree or be in the final stages of their studies;

  • be able to demonstrate good communication and drafting skills;

  • be fluent in written and spoken English and Chinese (fluency in other languages is an advantage);

  • have excellent attention to detail and organisational skills;

  • have excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively in a team setting and autonomously;

  • have a pro-active, highly responsible and problem-solving attitude to work;

  • have a good standard of computer literacy (especially Microsoft Office applications); and,

  • be available to work on a full-time basis for the period of the internship.

Applicants from Shanghai and abroad will be considered.


HKIAC internships are not remunerated and overseas applicants should note that HKIAC are unable to cover their cost of travel or accommodation in Shanghai.

HKIAC will reimburse interns for any out of pocket expenses incurred directly as a result of work.

HKIAC will also seek to assist interns to find reasonably priced accommodation in Shanghai to the extent that this is possible.

Application Procedures

Applicants who meet the Eligibility Requirements above should complete the Application Form Form IP1.

Completed Application Forms should be sent by email only to the Internship Programme Coordinator at

The following information must also be provided:

  • a short Curriculum Vitae, university transcripts and a recent photograph;

  • a statement of interest describing your objectives in seeking an internship with HKIAC not exceeding one A4 page in length;

  • an indication of your availability to complete the internship, including the applicable Term and requested duration*;

  • areas of particular interest; and,

  • an indication of your language abilities, both spoken and written.


* Applications for internships during periods which do not fall strictly within the Terms set out above will be considered,
   however it may not always be possible for the HKIAC to accommodate such requests.

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