Summer internships abroad

International Public Interest Law Fellowships

Deadline for summer 2017 is 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10

International Public Interest Law Fellowships will assist with the costs of summer internships with governmental and nongovernmental entities located around the world. Applicants can apply to either of the partner organizations described below. Unlike the Wayne domestic PILF grants, applicants may not find partner organizations on their own. Interns will perform legal work under the supervision of an attorney on staff at the partner organizations. The internships are intended to last approximately 8-10 weeks, roughly from June 1 to August 1. However, particular start and end dates may vary and will be negotiated with each individual organization.

Available internships: 

The first organization available this summer is Mexico Unido Contra la Delinquencia. MUCD addresses issues of criminal justice reform in Mexico. Its projects range from representing individual clients to publicizing compliance with the recent sweeping changes in the Mexican criminal justice system. It’s offices are located in Mexico City. Spanish proficiency is required.

The second position is a clerkship with a judge in Ghanaian legal system. The precise judge will be determined based on the applicant’s experience and interests. The clerkship will be in the Ghanaian capital Accra. No foreign language skills are required.

Application instructions for summer 2017


2013 fellowship recipients describe their summer experiences:

Internship at Tata Motors

Deadline for summer 2017 is 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10

This internship funds all travel and living expenses for a position in the legal department of Tata Motors. The internship may be located in Tata’s legal department in Mumbai or in the legal office of one of its large production facilities. Last year’s intern worked at a Tata facility in the city of Pune.

Tata Motors, Ltd. is an Indian multinational corporation with offices and facilities throughout India and the world. The home base for the internship is Mumbai, where much of the company’s legal staff is located. The intern will work with the general counsel and members of the legal staff of the company and provide support to business units by performing research in U.S. and international law regarding corporate responsibility and codes of conduct, intellectual property rights, forum selection clauses and arbitration. The internship may involve editing or drafting contracts. In addition, the intern should be industrious with respect to factual research regarding such matters as industry trends, consumer preferences, and emissions and environmental data.

Application instructions for summer 2017

2016 Tata Motors intern describes his experiences

2013 Tata Motors intern describes his experiences

Internship at Hogan Lovells in Mexico City

Deadline for summer 2017 is 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10

The Mexico City office of Hogan Lovells (formerly Barrera, Sequiros y Torres Landa) is one of Mexico’s leading law firms. The office is consistently ranked as one of the top firms in Latin America. Its lawyers provide advice on a wide variety of issues, from regulatory matters to foreign investment in Mexico. Many of the firm’s partners have LL.M. degrees from top American law schools. The firm is deeply involved in legal issues arising from the recent liberalization of Mexican laws in areas such as telecommunications and energy development. The firm will pay the intern an amount sufficient to cover air fare and living expenses. At least some Spanish proficiency is required for this internship.

Application instructions for summer 2017

2013 intern describes his experiences

2014 intern decribes his experiences

Freeman Fellowship in The Hague, Netherlands

Deadline for summer 2017 is 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 10

The Freeman Fellowship provides a $5,000 stipend to one Wayne Law student to study public or private international law at the prestigious Hague Academy of International Law over the summer.

The Hague Academy is the academic wing of the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court. Law students come from all over the world to hear leading international lawyers give classes on issues of cutting-edge importance.

Application instructions for summer 2017

2013 Freeman Fellow describes his experiences

Learn more about the Hague Academy

Internship in International Arbitration Group at WilmerHale in London

The position has been filled for summer 2017. 

This paid internship is in the International Arbitration Practice Group in the London office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, one of the premier international law firms with offices around the world. The internship lasts for three months, either during the summer or the fall. The internship involves work across a wide range of responsibilities under the supervision of WilmerHale partners and full-time associates, principally in the field of international arbitration and related areas of transnational litigation.

This is one of the most prestigious placements in legal practice. It will open doors for any career path you may choose. All U.S. employers know WilmerHale as one of the nation's most selective and prestigious law firms.

The internship is open to second- and third-year students. Third-year students are particularly encouraged to apply, since they can begin the internship after completing the bar exam in July.

A 2016 intern describes her experiences

One of the 2013 interns describes his experiences

Another of the 2013 interns describes his experiences

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