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Internships

During the academic year it became apparent that a great many students is interested in participating in an internship at an international organisation or in a summer course on international law.
Both international internships and summer courses can, if thoroughly prepared and carefully selected, form an important and interesting supplement to your study. For an internship with an international organisation one may add that some professional experience can also be gained, whereas legal summer courses may add to your theoretical knowledge of (international) law in general or a specific topic within the field. Next to the international experience and meetings, such an activity can also offer you a comparative advantage for your future, both on a personal and on a professional level. This will be advantageous no matter what your plans upon completing your studies are, but especially if you wish to continue in international law, when it may even be a requirement.

Below you will find a limited overview of interships. The offer of internships at international organisations is extensive and varied (much more than is apparent from below). The length of the internship may vary from a few weeks to half a year or even longer. Some internships are reasonably or even well-paid, whereas with others you may find you have to sponsor yourself. The nature of the work that will be expected from you is also very different depending on where you find yourself performing. Some internships are on a look-and-learn base, whereas others give you your own tasks and responsibilities. Finally, the demands made of the interns vary. Fortunately, it is not the case that one is required to be an expert in international law for every internship. The usual expectations are good (or very good) academic results, international experience (ERASMUS, exchanges, etc), knowledge of foreign languages (especially English), and a sincere interest for the field of activities of the organisation or department concerned. In some cases special skills (computer literacy, languages) or knowledge (of economics, trade law, environmental law, Human Rights, etc) is required. Generally, though, one can say that finding an interesting internship or attending a good summer course is dependent on your own enthusiasm, qualities and interests.

The same goes for finding the necessary financial means. Unfortunately, KU Leuven can only be of very limited assistance as far as the latter is concerned. There are options to acquire support for an internship from the Flemish Government. To this end the Flanders Trainee Programme has been established. Please click here for an up-to-date overview of available internships. The Flemish Government also has a Facebook-page on which internships are regularly announced.

Below you will mostly be referred to the relevant websites.


For summer courses, click here.

EU Institutions

European Commission:

See http://ec.europa.eu/stages/

European Parliament

See http://www.europarl.europa.eu/aboutparliament/en/007cecd1cc/Traineeships.html

Council:

See http://www.consilium.europa.eu/contacts/traineeships-office?lang=en

Court of Justice:

See http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/Jo2_7008/

 

Other European Organizations

EBRD

See http://www.ebrd.com/pages/workingwithus/jobs.shtml

EIB

See http://www.eib.org/about/jobs/index.htm

EFTA

See http://www.efta.int/about-efta/job-opportunities/traineeship.aspx

OSCE

See http://www.osce.org/employment

Council of Europe

See http://www.coe.int/t/jobs/traineeship_en.asp

UN Institutions

FAO

See http://www.fao.org/employment/en/

ILO

See http://www.ilo.org/public/english/bureau/pers/vacancy/intern.htm

IOM

See http://iom.int/cms/recruitment

ITLOS

See http://www.itlos.org/index.php?id=243&L=0

FYR Tribunal

See http://www.icty.org/sid/113

Rwanda Tribunal

See http://www.unictr.org/tabid/122/default.aspx

UNESCO

See http://www.unesco.org/general/eng/about/interne.shtml

UNHCR

See http://www.unhcr.org/pages/49c3646c49d.html

UNICEF

See http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_internship.html

UNIDO

See http://www.unido.org/internship.html

UNITAR

See http://www.unitar.org/job/internships

UN Volunteers

See http://www.unv.org/about-us/employment.html

UN Secretariat New York

See http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/sds/internsh/index.htm

UN 2013 Young Professionals Programme

English: https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=NCE&lang=en-US

French: https://careers.un.org/lbw/home.aspx?viewtype=NCE&lang=fr-FR

WHO

See http://www.who.int/employment/internship/en/

International Financial and Economic Institutions

IMF

See http://www.imf.org/external/np/adm/rec/job/summint.htm

OECD

Zie http://www.oecd.org/careers/internshipprogramme.htm

World Bank

See worldbank.org

WIPO

See http://www.wipo.int/erecruitment/en/internship.html

WTO

See http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/vacan_e/intern_e.htm

ITC

See http://www.intracen.org/about/internship-programme/

Other international institutions

Interpol

See http://www.interpol.int/Recruitment/Other-recruitment-pages/Internships

Permanent Court of Arbitration 

See http://www.pca-cpa.org/showpage.asp?pag_id=1047

NGO's

Amnesty International:

See http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/info/ORG63/002/2002

International Commission of Jurists

See http://www.icj.org/about/internships/

International Society for Military Law and the Law of War (Brussel) 

Vredescentrum van de provincie Antwerpen

World Jurist Association

See http://worldjurist.net/internship/

Human Rights Watch

See http://www.hrw.org/about/volunteering

WFUNA (World Federation on United Nations Associations) 

See http://www.wfuna.org/employment-and-internships

 

See also: http://www.asil.org/internships.cfm