Internship at Access Facility

ACCESS Facility (“ACCESS”) is an international non-profit organization, established in December 2012. Inspired by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, ACCESS enhances access to effective non-judicial remedy as the global platform that supports rights-compatible, interest-based problem solving to prevent and resolve conflicts between companies and communities. ACCESS is a catalyst for better ways of working together among companies, communities and governments and an advocate for improved practice based on the best available evidence and insight. It provides a neutral space for a broad range of stakeholders to learn, explore, share ideas, forge relationships, and find solutions that work for them.

ACCESS cooperates with The Hague Institute for Global Justice and an international network of professional dispute resolution facilitators, and is the implementing partner of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights for projects related to “Access to Remedy”, the third pillar of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

One of the obstacles regarding access to effective grievance mechanisms is awareness as to how they function, where they are located, and what supporting resources exist. ACCESS has therefore embarked on a project to map the landscape of existing non-judicial grievance mechanisms that deal with company-community conflicts, and provide access to information regarding their availability and functioning, with the aim to contribute to their accessibility. ACCESS is currently seeking assistance with this project and various other activities.

Internship responsibilities

  • Assisting with researching national, regional, (multi)industry and operational level non-judicial grievance mechanisms dealing with company-community conflicts, drafting mechanism descriptions and publishing them on the website;
  • Supporting the organization of ACCESS Facility, including preparing agendas for meetings, drafting minutes, assisting with mapping funding opportunities, and supporting in other organizational tasks;
  • Assisting the ACCESS team with outreach activities and other assigned tasks.


  • Currently enrolled in, or completed a degree in international law, international relations, conflict resolution or a related field;
  • Demonstrated interest in, and knowledge of the field of business and human rights / (alternative) dispute resolution or corporate social responsibility related topics;
  • Fluent written and spoken English is required;
  • Knowledge of written and spoken Dutch and/or Spanish is an advantage;
  • Proactive, independent, and results-oriented;
  • Thorough attention to detail.

We offer

  • A 3 – 6 month internship position, based on 3 – 4 working days per week at our office in The Hague; 
  • The opportunity to increase your knowledge and understanding about business and human rights, and to gain practical organization skills; 
  • High degree of responsibility and freedom to develop oneself, yet with proper support and assistance;
  • Contact with national and international key figures in the field of international law and corporate social responsibility;
  • Flexible work schedule.

To apply

Applicants must be nationals of a European Union member state, or have a valid work permit for the European Union. Candidates meeting the eligibility criteria are invited to submit by e-mail a cover letter and CV to Ms Francis Camstra: [email protected].

Contract: 3 – 6 month internship position, based on 3 – 4 working days per week

Closing date: Open until filled

Location: The Hague, The Netherlands

Salary: Unpaid

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