The ELI offers unpaid internships.

Unpaid internships are available all year round but most applicably from May/June to September/October each year (but for a maximum period of 4 months).  

An internship at the Secretariat of the European Law Institute (ELI) is the perfect opportunity for a candidate with a completed law degree or a student in the final stages of his/her legal studies (or a closely related field) to gain insight into the management of an international organisation which works towards the improvement of law-making across Europe.

Interns will have the opportunity to work with staff at the Secretariat on a number of tasks, including the organisation and running of the Annual Conference and General Assembly which takes place from 4–6 September in Vienna (Austria). The Conference will bring together around 350 participants and will be attended by renowned legal experts from Europe and beyond.


  • Involvement in preparation and post-production of the 2018 Annual Conference and General Assembly (eg liaising with speakers, PR activities, writing reports, compiling conference materials, drafting invitations)
  • Involvement in preparation of various smaller Conferences
  • Assisting Project Officers in the coordination of ongoing ELI projects
  • Assisting the Secretariat in providing support to ELI Special Interest Groups
  • Helping produce the regular Newsletter
  • Contributing to the administration of the ELI website and social media sites (eg Twitter, LinkedIn)

We Are Looking For

  • A law graduate or a student of law (or a closely-related field) in the final stages of studies
  • Excellent knowledge of English (other languages will be an asset)
  • Enthusiasm, reliability and an ability to work independently
  • Excellent computer skills (knowledge of specialised programmes such as InDesign or Photoshop will be an asset)
  • Experiences in project or event management and/or work experience in international organisations are beneficial, but not required

Should you be interested, please submit a CV and cover letter to the Secretariat by no later than 13 April of each year for summer internships.

If you would like the ELI to keep your personal data for future vacancies, please indicate this information clearly in your application documents. Your file will be stored for a maximum period of two years. During that time, you will have the right to access, rectify, seek erasure or restrict the processing of your personal data in accordance with the GDPR as well as a right to data portability. To exercise any of those rights, kindly contact the ELI Secretariat. Should you believe that any of your rights under the GDPR have been infringed, you have the right to lodge a complaint with the Austrian Data Protection Agency (