Fellowships and Internships

The IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) is a Centre that attracts interns and fellows from around the world.

Our fellows and interns enjoy the rewarding experience of working in an international office, based in a city that has demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment and to attracting international organizations and events. They also have the opportunity to interact with ELC staff - and the many international experts who visit the Centre - and have access to the ELC library resources, which include two of the world's most extensive libraries on environmental law and policy.

Interns with high interest in environmental law are welcome to apply to spend some time at the ELC. Successful applicants will spend time supporting the work of our legal professionals and will gain the opportunity to participate in an exciting array of projects, conferences and workshops.

While we are not able to offer remuneration for fellows or interns, they are provided with their own working space including computer with email/Internet access, essential Windows applications and full access to our substantial library collection. 


Students and young lawyers from all over the world come to the ELC to participate in our volunteer internship program. Working at the ELC is an enlightening experience, providing 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.

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENT: to qualify for an internship at the ELC, you must be a student enrolled in a university or higher level institution, either in environmental law or in a course of studies with a strong legal component, for the duration of the internship. Proof of enrolment is required in the form of a letter from the university or institution concerned.