Why an internship at the Max Planck Institute (MPIL)?

The Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law is a leading institution in the fields of international law, comparative public law, and European law and represents one of the most vibrant intellectual communities on the European and global scene. Its directors as well as doctoral and postdoctoral researchers carry out top-notch research in all areas of public law, ranging from the use of force to global constitutionalism, from international human rights law to European constitutional law. Research might take the form of cooperative, multi-year projects involving many researchers, or individual theses and articles. In addition, every year the MPIL hosts numerous guests from many different countries, who significantly enrich the academic discourse and life of the Institute.

What does the MPIL internship programme offer?

The MPIL internship programme offers the opportunity to get acquainted with research and academic legal skills in the major fields of comparative public, European, and international law to a limited number of highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students. It offers a stimulating and international working environment and the possibility of improving professional skills and networking capacities for future career paths.

How is the internship programme organized?

The Institute offers internships that can be taken on a voluntary basis, or as part of a degree requirement (including bar exam traineeships, e.g. Referendariat). In the latter case, it is entirely the responsibility of the intern to make sure that all requirements of the respective degree programmes are met.

Duration: 

Internships usually do not last less than 4 weeks and may not exceed 12 weeks. Preference is given to applications proposing longer internship periods (between 8 and 12 weeks).

Reimbursement: 

Interns enrolled in a degree programme at a university will normally be reimbursed € 300 per month.

The reimbursement received is subject to income tax and social insurance (Sozialversicherung) regulations. Both conditions apply to residents and non-residents of Germany.

To be eligible for this programme applicants must

  • be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate or graduate university level course during their proposed period of internship, preferably in law or related disciplines (e.g. international relations, European affairs, philosophy, social and political sciences), PhD candidates are not eligible for the MPIL internship programme, please visit the site Visiting Scholars
  • be among the top students of their degree programme, with demonstrated research and drafting skills;
  • be fluent in written and oral English (C1 Level); knowledge of other EU languages, and German in particular, will be an asset;
  • be computer literate.

Application and Selection Process:

Applications should be submitted in English through internships@mpil.de.

Please send the following documents:

  • CV and a cover letter explaining your motivation and specific interest for applying to the Max Planck Institute, along with the suggested time and duration of your stay;
  • a copy of your high school diploma (e.g. Abitur with English translation);
  • a copy of your academic transcripts (with an English translation including a brief explanation of the university grading system).

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application deadline for the term November 2021 – April 2022 will be 1st June 2021.

Please note that the MPIL does NOT participate in the Erasmus Placement Programme. Please do not apply for the above-mentioned programme through the MPIL internship programme.

For more details visit Official Notification:

https://www.mpil.de/en/pub/research-interaction/internship-programme.cfm

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