Legal Internship Programme Applications

When to apply/intake periods

We try to keep interns in blocks of three months because of office space considerations, so ask that you suggest dates within these blocks of dates when applying. We may be flexible on start dates if these do not correspond to your semester.

Intake for internships in London Closing date for applications
27th September – 17th December 2021 APPLICATIONS CLOSED
4th January – 1st April 2022 APPLICATIONS CLOSED
4th April – 1st July 2022 26th November 2021
4th July – 30th September 2022 25th February 2022

Intake for internships in Washington, DC Closing date for applications
July – September 2021 Rolling basis
October – December 2021 Rolling basis

Intake for internships in The Hague Closing date for applications
27th September - 17th December 2021 APPLICATIONS CLOSED
4th April - 1st July 2022 31st January 2022

Applications for each intake period are not reviewed until after the relevant closing date. It is best to submit your application not more than 1-2 months in advance of the closing date so that the information provided is up to date.

Send the following explaining your interest in the IBA Internship Programme:

  1. Covering letter - this should set out the following:
    • Why you wish to be considered for an intern position
    • The dates you would be able to take up your position
    • Specific research experience and areas of law that you are interested in
  2. Full Curriculum Vitae (CV / resume)
  3. Application form (you must save this form to your computer before filling it in):

    Download application form (London internships)

    Download application form (Washington, DC)

    Download application form (The Hague)

  4. Writing sample
    The writing sample could be a legal essay that you have written for your college degree programme or a report that you have written on a legal topic of interest. Sample must be in English only and not more than 4-5 pages in length. Because of the nature of the internship placements, much of the work will involve writing reports, letters, or assisting in the preparation of academic articles. The writing sample is useful for us to see how you structure a piece of written work and how you form and support an argument.
  5. Letter of reference
    a letter from an academic tutor or employer mentioning your academic background, personality and suitability for the internship programme. This should be sent directly by your referee. If you are applying for funding, your academic referee should state their opinion on your eligibility to receive a grant as part of their overall reference.

Applications, reference letters and questions regarding London internships should be sent via e-mail to internprogramme@int-bar.org

Susan Burkert
Intern Programme Manager

Phone: +44 (0)20 7842 0090


Applications, reference letters and questions regarding internships in Washington, DC should be sent via e-mail to Ashna.Basnet@int-bar.org

Ashna Basnet
Programme Coordinator

Phone: +1 202 827 32750


Applications, reference letters and questions regarding internships in The Hague office should be sent via e-mail to Hague.internprogramme@int-bar.org to:

Kate Orlovsky
Director, Hague Office

Once the IBA is in receipt of ALL the information required, it will take a minimum of four weeks after the closing date to hear whether you have been selected.

The offer of any internship is conditional upon you being able to satisfy eligibility criteria to work in the relevant country in accordance with applicable immigration rules.

Due to the high volume of applications that the IBA receives, offers will remain open for acceptance for 10 working days from the date of the offer. If we do not hear from you within that period we will assume that the offer is rejected and it will be withdrawn and offered to the next successful applicant.

All offers are conditional upon ability to satisfy immigration requirements. If your visa application is declined, there is little that the IBA can do to help and you would be unable to take up your position.

Eligibility to intern in the UK

The IBA operates an equal opportunities policy and as such we welcome applications from everyone regardless of nationality or immigration status. However, it will be a condition of any internship offer that prior to commencing the internship placement, you are able to present evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK as at the commencement date.

The IBA therefore strongly advises all intern applicants to contact UK Visas and Immigration and/or the British mission in their home country to get the latest updated information on what they will require to be able to enter the United Kingdom in order to undertake an IBA internship.

Please note that if you hold a Tier 4 Student Visa which will expire either before the internship is due to start or during the dates of the internship placement, this will not allow you to be able to commence the internship. If your Tier 4 Student Visa has expired or will expire during the dates of the internship placement or you do not have an alternative valid UK Visa allowing you to work in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa. This may be possible via your home country or through BUNAC (more information below). Any such applications may require a return to your home country before re-entering the UK if you are currently working or studying in the UK.

If you hold a Tier 4 Student Visa that is valid for the dates of your internship, you may be restricted on your ability to work for only 20 hours per week during term time (full-time outside of term time). Unfortunately, as the IBA is only able to offer intern placements on a full-time basis (eg, 35 hours per week), we would therefore require written confirmation of your term dates and holidays from your educational institution/university before considering your application further.

Finally, please note that the IBA cannot itself provide Certificates of Sponsorship for intern placements.

BUNAC is an organisation which can facilitate volunteering and work opportunities in the UK. They are currently authorised by the UK Border Agency to issue Certificates of Sponsorship to successful applicants who can then apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa before entering Britain. BUNAC accepts applications all year round from students or recent graduates of any nationality in need of sponsorship. To be eligible you must be:

  • Aged 18 or over;
  • Currently a full-time student in an Associate’s Degree or above, or recent graduate within the past 12 months;
  • Hold a current valid passport;
  • Hold an acceptable internship offer in the UK for up to 6 months;
  • Have sufficient support funds;
  • Hold an IELTs score of 6.0+ if from a non-English speaking country;

For further information, visit the BUNAC website. All interns are responsible for paying BUNAC for their service.

The above-mentioned immigration categories are available at date of writing. UK immigration rules are subject to change.  We, therefore strongly suggest that you revert to the Government website for up to date guidance on the options open to you.

Visa for the USA

All applicants must ensure that they are legally permitted to work in the United States. Applicants from outside the U.S. must be able to comply with and obtain their own J-1 visas. Please consult the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor website for a list of Designated Sponsor Organisations.

Visa for The Netherlands

Find out here if you need to apply for a long-stay visa www.netherlandsandyou.nl/travel-and-residence/visas-for-the-netherlands/long-stay-visa-mvv