International Union for Conservation of Nature Environmental Law Centre

Outline of the organisation

The IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) has a long and proud history of achievements and a longstanding association with the City of Bonn, Germany, where it was first established in 1970. From humble beginnings, the ELC is now recognised around the world as a leading global centre of excellence in environmental law.

Positions available

The ELC offers a volunteer internship programme to applicants with an interest in environmental law. The programme provides an insight into what it is like to be a part of the fascinating world of an international organisation working in the field of environmental law and policy. Particular assignments are determined according to a mix of factors, of which the intern's level and qualifications, coupled with the particular needs of the ELC at the time, are the most important.

Internships are unpaid and last a minimum of three months.


Applicants must:

  • be between 20 and 30 years of age;
  • be enrolled in a university, or higher-level institution, either in environmental law or in a course of studies with a strong legal component;
  • have a thorough knowledge of written and spoken English and knowledge of another language, preferably French or Spanish; and
  • be computer-literate, preferably with experience in databases and internet searches.

Application process

To apply, please submit the following to

  • a CV in English;
  • a motivation letter;
  • a signed application form (available online);
  • a signed letter of agreement with desired dates (available online); and
  • proof of university enrolment valid for the desired dates of the internship.

Further information is available here.