Internships | Greenpeace European Unit


Background - July 23, 2018
Legal Internship - EU law and policy

Greenpeace European Unit is looking for a brilliant and motivated legal intern to support the Unit’s legal strategist in a number of challenging legal projects, focusing on various EU law areas (environment, agriculture, climate and energy, human rights).

The legal intern will play a valuable role in the development of these projects; the position therefore involves a great deal of responsibility and autonomy. With this in mind, we are looking for candidates with exceptional analytical skills, initiative and drive. Our candidate will have the ability to work independently, while following instructions and also proactively contribute to the project by anticipating needs and thinking creatively.

The legal internship is a full-time position (38 hours per week) for a period of six months, starting in October 2018. Please note that we can only accept interns who are entitled to work in Belgium.

What we offer:

  • A six-month professional experience with a dynamic, committed and effective international team, and with colleagues from across the Greenpeace world;
  • An opportunity to contribute, with your legal skills, to the protection of the environment and to political change in Europe;
  • A gross monthly salary of € 1100.

Essential Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Law degree (JD or equivalent); a post-graduate title (LLM, MA) in EU or environmental law/policy is an advantage.
  • Strong knowledge of basic EU law (institutions, legal system, principles);
  • Basic knowledge of one or more of the following: EU and international environmental law;  human rights law; internal market and competition law; trade law;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Other languages are an advantage.   

Required Skills:

  • Ability to carry out research and analysis on complex and novel legal issues;
  • Ability to work independently and to develop and complete projects;
  • Self-confidence, focus, creativity and a sense of humour.

Applications must be in English and include a motivation letter, CV (no picture) and a sample of your writing on any legal subject of not more than 3-4 pages.  Please send your application to with the reference “Legal Traineeship 2018”


The deadline for applications is 24 August 2018.

Interviews will be held during the week of 3 September 2018.

Please contact should you have any additional question about this internship.