A legal internship is available with the Legal Unit (LU) of Greenpeace International. The Legal Unit advises Greenpeace International, and when necessary the independent national and regional Greenpeace organisations, on campaign strategies and organisational legal issues and provides support with legal cases. This internship will assist the LU's campaigns and actions lawyers, who work to advance campaign goals through both proactive and defensive legal strategy. 

Alongside the daily practice of the Legal Unit, there are various research projects that, in accordance with the specific interests and background of the intern, can be undertaken. Over the past year this has ranged from assisting the LU’s efforts to proactively use the courts to hold governments and corporations accountable for environmental destruction and human rights violations, to helping Greenpeace build resilience against Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) designed to shut down assembly and advocacy rights. 

The legal interns play an indispensable role in the development of LU projects, and 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. We are looking for the ability to work independently, while following instructions and also proactively contributing to the project by anticipating needs and thinking creatively. 

The legal internship is a full-time position (40 hours per week) for a period of three- six months.  Dates have some flexibility, but the preferred range is June-Sept or Jun-Dec.). The internship is based in Amsterdam.

Please see the Internships fine print below.​​​​​​



Essential Skills / Qualifications:

  • Law student towards end of studies or recent law graduate  (LLM, JD or equivalent);
  • Strong background in (preferably more than) one of the following:  international environmental law; international human rights law; public international law, including law of the sea; civil law, including corporate liability.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Other languages are an advantage.   

Required Competencies:

  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Ability to work independently and with strong initiative
  • Self-confident, focused, pro-active and result oriented;
  • Flexible attitude to shifting work priorities.

Compensation benefits

Remuneration is by a modest monthly contribution towards cost of living of €400 for those already resident in the Netherlands, and €800 for non-residents.

Organisation description

Greenpeace is taking action all over the world for our planet’s future. Our volunteers, activists and staff come from all corners of the globe, cover the age spectrum and come from all walks of life. What they all have in common is their commitment to working for a green and peaceful future for everyone. With creative local actions for the planet they positively affect their communities, their countries, and ultimately, the world at large.

Contact information

Internships fine print:
Please note that we can only accept interns who have the right to reside and work in the Netherlands.  
An Internship is intended for students or recent graduates who have completed their studies within the last twelve months.
Interns residing within/up to a distance of 150 km from the office in Amsterdam are entitled to 400 euros net as monthly stipend. Interns residing beyond 150 km from the office are entitled to 800 euros net as a monthly stipend.

Applications must be in English and include a cover letter, CV and a sample of your writing on any legal subject of not more than 3-4 pages. The application must include a written confirmation that you have a student and/or work and/or residency permit for the Netherlands.  

Please attach your writing sample to the cover letter. You may apply here.  Deadline is 29th April 2019

Please contact our recruiter at, should you have any additional question about this internship. 

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Check out this opportunity at Greenpeace International!

Liz Kool

Associate Legal Counsel Organisation
When I come into the office it feels like I am stepping into the world as we interact with people from all around the world. The diversity of the people I work with is an enrichment for my professional as well as for my personal life. It is inspiring to be around so many talented people who all have the same goal to make this world a bit better, healthier and safer for the generations to come. Besides this it is just a bunch of very cool people who know how to have fun!