Join us for our University Day In the Life: this time, we’re chatting to Ina who completed an internship in a law firm in Paris. Let us know whose day in the life you want to know about, and ASK ENID.
Let me introduce myself… My name is Ina, and I’m a final year International Studies/Law student. Last year I completed an internship in the Pro Bono Department at DLA Piper in Paris, including short stints in the Rome, Amsterdam and Brussels offices.
My internship in a nutshell… In a major global law firm pro bono work involves lawyers acting for some of the world’s largest global charities, aid agencies, NGOs, UN agencies, governments and academic institutions. The nature of the work is quite varied from providing commercial legal advice such as drafting an employment contract to running major human rights trials.
Why I applied… I have always been interested in international law, human rights and social justice and thought this would be a great way to use my legal skills to assist some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
How I applied… I had to defer a semester of my degree to complete this internship because the one in Paris did not coincide with my uni break. However DLA Piper and other law firms offer such internships at different times and in a number of their offices (incl. Sydney) so make sure you look into it!

Traits/Skills that are valuable… As an Intern you’ll be assisting with legal research, drafting, client meetings and other administrative tasks so experience in these areas is helpful. You also need to have strong oral and written communication skills and a demonstrated interest in social justice.

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Do this internship if you like… People, human rights, social justice, international affairs, travel.
Don’t do this internship if you don’t like… Research, public speaking, working hard, travelling to different countries at short notice (just kidding, that’s the best part!)
My advice to you… 
  • Consider why you’re interested in international law, human rights and social justice. In an interview you need to able to answer this with conviction and simply saying you want to travel won’t cut it!
  • Get involved in extra-curricular activities that will set you apart – things like debating, mooting, Model UN or UN Youth and volunteering for causes you’re passionate about.
  • Learn a second language! This can really set you apart if you aspire to have an international career.