Phuoc & Associates has developed its “Foreign and Local Law Student Internship Program” for nearly 20 years and has attracted many interns including foreign interns from France, South Korea, Australia, the USA and others.
We have been committed to the notion that the growth and achievements of each young lawyer will be best developed through their direct participation in the challenge of professional experience. Whilst our expectations of interns are very high, a supportive environment allows us to assign important responsibilities for our interns at the beginning to help them better prepare for success in their fields of best practice.
The main aim of Phuoc & Associates “Foreign and Local Law Student Internship Program” is to give intern candidates (“Intern Candidates”) a placement opportunity with a professional business law firm in Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and Danang city, to learn about legal practice in Vietnam, to get acquainted with the legal profession and a great chance to become an official paralegal of Phuoc & Associates after the internship period has expired if the working performance of Intern Candidates has been exceptional.
1. Eligibility Criteria for the Internship Program
The following Eligibility Criteria apply to the Foreign and Local Law Student Internship Program:
- Applicants for the Foreign or Local Law Student Internship Program preferably have a university degree, or are in the final stage of their university studies;
- Preference is given to law graduates who are acquainted with business and commercial law, and have an outstanding academic record and a demonstrated interest in business law; and
- Applicants must be proficient in English or Vietnamese, both written and oral. Knowledge of other languages, particularly French or Chinese, is an asset. Applicants must have a superior legal writing and analytical aptitude.
2. Summer and Winter Internship Seasons
Phuoc & Associates recruit interns during two main seasons of the year i.e. summer and winter. The purpose of such arrangement is to gather as many as possible potential candidates at the same time for our internal and external trainers to conduct intensive soft skill and technical skill training. In addition, summer and winter are two main seasons that Phuoc & Associates often organize many indoor and outdoor internal events for staff and partners and they are a great chance for Intern Candidates to mingle with the team.
Any applications for internships outside of these seasons will only be considered on an exceptional basis if such Intern Candidates have exceptional an academic record and participate in extra-curricular and social activities of their law schools.
3. Application file and address to send internship application
If any Intern Candidates decides to apply for an internship with Phuoc & Associates, please send your application file by 01 April yearly for the Summer Internship Season and by 01 September yearly for the Winter Internship Season either via email or by post to the Foreign and Local Law Student Internship Program Coordinator as below. Should Intern Candidates have any question about the internship program of Phuoc & Associates, please also call or email the Coordinator:
Mr. Nguyen Huu Phuoc
Phuoc & Associates Mansion
Address: 70 Quoc Huong Street, Thao Dien Ward, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tel: +84 (28) 3622 3522
Your application file for internship in English should include: (i) Application letter; (ii) your curriculum vitae plus your 4 x 6 photo; and (iii) any transcriptsor certificates (either in Vietnamese or English) you have obtained up to the date of application.
4. Business attire for interview
When having the interview, the Intern Candidate should pay attention to the following:
- The male Intern Candidate will wear a business suit (dark colour), shoes, and tie; and
- The female Intern Candidate will wear a business suit (dark colour), high heel shoes.
5. Process of recruitment
The process of recruitment is as follows:
6. Term of internship
The internship term is generally 06 months from the Intern Candidate’s first day of working. Such terms can be extended for other periods as decided by Phuoc & Associates and as agreed by the Intern Candidate if the working performance of the Intern Candidate during the term is not entirely satisfactory but Phuoc & Associates’ view is that there have been certain gradual improvements of the Intern Candidate. If the internship term expires but no extension or offer to become paralegal is made by Phuoc & Associates, the Coordinator will notify the Intern Candidate of the termination of internship within seven (07) calendar days before the expiry of the internship term. The Intern Candidate will sign the Exit Form and return the Admin Manager working tools and other equipment (if any) that Phuoc & Associates has provided during the internship term before leaving Phuoc & Associates.
7. Internship salary and allowance and laptop
According to the current policy of internship recruitment of Phuoc & Associates, because the Intern Candidates enjoy many on-the-job and official training activities during their internship term at the cost of Phuoc & Associates, no salary and/or allowance will be paid by Phuoc & Associates to the Intern Candidate during their internship terms. In addition, the Intern Candidates will self-equip themselves with the laptops for their use during the internship term.
8. Internal Labour Regulations of Phuoc & Associates
Although the Intern Candidates are not yet official employees of Phuoc & Associates, some relevant provisions of the Internal Labour Regulations of Phuoc & Associates will apply to the interns such as working hours, rest time, confidentiality etc. The Intern Candidates will be provided with a soft copy of the Internal Labour Regulations of Phuoc & Associates for information and to sign their confirmation of full compliance on the first day of working at Phuoc & Associates office.