Please contact your AFSNext specialist to confirm availability in the following cities at info@afsusa.org:
Barcelona, Spain | Dublin, Ireland | London, U.K. | New York City, U.S.A | Paris, France | San Jose, Costa Rica | Stockholm, Sweden | Sydney, Australia | Washington, D.C., U.S.A.
Program fees & start dates
The below description has been provided by our implementing program administrator and is subject to change.

Program Overview

Internship Examples

Below are examples of our international legal affairs internships. It is not guaranteed that you could get placed in one of the internship examples, but there are plenty of opportunities within the field. New opportunities are created every year. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, let us know!
Immigration Law Agency Internship

Immigration Law Agency

Intern abroad in legal affairs at a practice that specializes in immigration and nationality law. This firm is located in London’s Convent Garden and strives to achieve security for those whose future is otherwise uncertain At the beginning of the internship, there will be reading and review of the practice’s files from the last two years. These files will also include sections of textbooks and the UK Border Agency website, especially recent Home Office policies, to become acquainted with various areas of immigration law.

 

It will then be important for legal affairs interns to become familiar with the publicity of the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association and the Free Movement blog. Once brought up to speed, there will be opportunity to sit in on client meetings to take notes, with a case discussion to follow. Responsibilities will then entail following up phone calls to courts, and more. There will also be discussion on the merits of certain cases and the assignment of additional tasks/projects.

 

Criminal Defense Law Internship

Criminal Defense Law Firm

This firm provides legal affairs interns with firsthand, courtroom experience in Washington, D.C. and neighboring Maryland. For those who qualify, this law internship offers unmatched mentoring and connections and a glimpse into the American criminal justice system. Sample tasks include: preparing courtroom exhibits, writing reports regarding investigative activities, assisting with case development, conducting legal research, possibly using either Westlaw or LexisNexis, and taking witness statements for extensive criminal background checks. This is an internship well suited for law students who have a focus in criminal law.

 

Legal Internship With Full-Service Boutique Firm

Legal Internship With Full-Service Boutique Firm

Intern abroad with a full service boutique law firm based in Sydney’s Central Business District specializing in a range of legal areas. Primary responsibilities of legal interns are to support lawyers in a wide variety of paralegal and administrative tasks while being exposed to Australia’s  legal system.

 

Housing and Language

Where you’ll live

Depending on your legal affairs internship location, you can expect to stay in a shared room in an apartment, college dorm, or student residence. A local program advisor and coordinator will be available to help you settle in and answer any questions during your program. Your accommodations will likely be within walking distance of your city’s public transportation system.

During your stay, you’ll operate within the same network as the students and/or interns you live  with. It is often through these relationships that you can learn the most, as you explore the highlights of the city together, share career-building advice, and discuss your experiences at your legal affairs internship posts.

Your language learning

Most legal affairs internships are located in English speaking areas, and do not require prior knowledge of the local language. Depending on your placement, you may have the opportunity to integrate further into the community by attending language lessons.

* If your internship takes place in Paris, you will have the chance to experience full cultural immersion by living with a local host family. (French language skills are required for an internship in this location — language proficiency will  be evaluated prior to program attendance via Skype interview.)

Preparing for your future in legal affairs

Selecting an internship

Before you depart, you’ll be introduced to your internship advisor for one-on-one support and career guidance. Your advisor will help you prepare for your legal affairs internship interview, build an effective cover letter and resume, and choose the right placement.

Working with your advisor, you’ll use the Clifton Strengthsfinder Assessment to identify your top five strengths. These strengths will be useful in determining future opportunities and helping to focus your interests into clear career goals well beyond the scope of the program.

Before your internship

Once you and your advisor have selected your internship, you’ll have access to a pre-departure orientation video series to help you prepare for the transformational experience of working and living abroad. You’ll also have career skills training videos and articles at your fingertips to help you build your resume in advance. We want you to succeed and thrive abroad, and provide countless resources to ensure you have what you need to do so.

During your internship

When you arrive at your destination, you’ll attend a welcome orientation to help you settle in and start your experience with your best foot forward. Midway through your program, you’ll have another opportunity to check in with local advisors at a career coaching session. During this visit, onsite staff will interview you and your employer to identify your strengths and areas where you could improve. We find that this feedback-loop is not only essential for success.

Before the conclusion of your internship, you’ll attend a program debrief touching on reverse culture shock and career training.. When you return home, you will join a network of alumni across the world who have used the skills they gained from legal affairs internships and other professional experiences abroad to advance their lives and careers!