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  • Organization: IDLO - International Development Law Organization
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - International Law
    • International Relations
  • Closing Date: 2019-06-01

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Legal Intern, Office of the General Counsel

Rome (Italy)


The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is a dynamic generalist legal practice with the overarching aim to advance and protect the legal interests of IDLO, while mitigating risk, fostering accountability, and helping to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the Organization and its governing bodies. OGC is responsible for providing legal advice to the Director-General of IDLO, the Senior Leadership Team, the IDLO Governance bodies, and IDLO employees at its Rome headquarters as well as its branch and field offices.  OGC provides advice on matters including the negotiation and conclusion of headquarters agreements, privileges and immunities, contracts, grants, and other agreements.  OGC oversees local counsel in more than a dozen field locations and provides guidance on HR matters and disputes, including the negotiation, settlement, arbitration, and litigation of disputes.  OGC also drafts, reviews, implements, and promotes adherence to IDLO policies, regulations, rules, and practices as well as the revision, implementation of and adherence to IDLO's governance documents. 

Under the direct supervision of the General Counsel and OGC lawyers, the legal intern will be asked to support the Office with the following duties:

 Provide research assistance on questions of domestic and international law including interpretation of IDLO’s privileges and immunities, human resources matters, internal governance and other areas relating to the      functions,   structure, and activities of IDLO;

  • Assist in drafting or revising organizational governance documents, reports, regulations, policies and procedures;
  • Assist in drafting, reviewing, and/or amending contracts for goods and services, Memoranda of Understanding, and other agreements relating to IDLO programs and activities;
  • Assist in the interpretation and application of IDLO’s employee regulations and rules, the Code of Conduct, and other IDLO policies and procedures;
  • Assist in monitoring compliance with IDLO’s regulations, policies, and procedures Organization-wide;
  • Fulfil any administrative and/or substantive requirements of the intern’s educational institution and/or fellowship program;
  •  Perform any other similar duties as assigned by the supervisor.

 Ideal Candidate Profile

  • Graduate or undergraduate level degree in law or current enrollment in graduate level legal studies.
  • Experience working in a legal capacity in an organization or law firm is highly desirable.
  • Experience working in an international environment is highly desirable.
  • Experience with and/or understanding of international law, contract law, and/or international organizations is desirable.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English are required. Any additional language proficiency, particularly in French, Spanish, or Italian, would be an advantage.


  • Good team player, highly motivated, strong interpersonal skills, positive attitude, flexible mind, comfortable working in multi-cultural settings;
  • Demonstrated ability to work proactively and independently, including as part of a small team; and
  • Ability to produce well drafted and analysed work product in a timely manner, exercise sound judgment, and manage and prioritize multiple assignments.


A position is currently available for fall 2019 (start and end dates are flexible but the internship is generally expected to last from early September through mid-December).  Interns must hold either a degree in law or be currently enrolled in law school. Interns receive a monthly stipend of €600. Internships are offered for 3 months and are potentially renewable at IDLO’s discretion up to a maximum of 6 months. Full-time placements (5 days a week) are strongly preferred. Applicants available for less than 3 days a week will not be considered.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the Contractor assigned to this work. This may not be an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.

The Director-General of IDLO reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities or even to cancel the recruitment to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.


We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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