Internship Programme (ADR)

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Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Internship Programme

HKIAC is pleased to launch its ADR internship to motivated students or other individuals who possess strong interests in alternative dispute resolution in Hong Kong and generally.

HKIAC ADR 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 in emerging areas of ADR. 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. The aim of the HKIAC ADR Internship Programme is to challenge interns intellectually, to give them a sense of what ADR is in practical terms and to better equip them for the next stages in their careers.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 alternative dispute resolution;

  • assist with the case management team in administering domain name disputes cases;

  • draft articles and prepare marketing materials;

  • attend and assist with meetings, seminars and conferences;

  • perform market research and compile case statistics;

  • translate documents; and,

  • assist with case data entry and other administrative duties.

Testimonials from our previous interns:

Soma Hedgekatte (LLM, Cornell University; LLB, Gujarat National Law University): Working with the ADR team at HKIAC has been one of my most fulfilling experiences as an intern. The highlight of my internship was learning about domain name dispute - a unique and upcoming field of law. The tasks that were given to me compelled me to think and analyze; and at the completion of every task my inputs were asked for. This not only made me feel like I was part of the team but also helped me to hone my legal and analytical skills. I feel grateful for the opportunity and for the knowledge and practical experiences I gained during my tenure at HKIAC.

Lingtong Kong (LLM, Hong Kong University; LLB, Zhongnan University of Economics and Law): The most rewarding part of my experience as an intern in the domain name dispute team of the Hong Kong International Centre is how it has made me feel valued. I have not only been given the opportunity to learn various ADR fields in which the Centre is involved, but more importantly, I was entrusted to collaborate with senior colleagues to complete the real tasks on which the Centre is focusing. It has been a great experience for me to work in a professional team, to gain practical experience in a world-leading arbitration organization, and to contribute to its development.

Term Dates and Deadlines

Internships are generally offered for periods of between six weeks to three months. Internships of other durations may be considered in exceptional circumstances.

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 schedule for 2018 is as follows:

Summer Term: 15 May – 31 August

Applications must be submitted before 30 March 2018. Candidates can expect decisions of their applications by 1 May 2018.


Winter Term: 1 December – 1 March

Applications must be submitted before 30 October 2018. Candidates can expect decisions of their applications by 1 November 2018.

Eligibility Requirements

All candidates who wish to apply for the HKIAC ADR 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, advanced training in law/IP/IT preferred but not required;

  • be able to demonstrate good communication and drafting skills;

  • be fluent in written and spoken English (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 Hong Kong 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 Hong Kong.

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 Hong Kong 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 ADR Internship Programme Coordinator Mr. Sam Wei at

The following information must also be provided:

  • a short Curriculum Vitae, university transcripts and transcripts obtained from all law related disciplines;

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

  • 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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