SOAS University of London

Law, Environment and Development Centre


LEDC’s internship programme aims to host volunteer law, development and regional specialist students from all over the world. The programme provides its participants with opportunities to develop academic legal research training, writing and editing skills, including for the Centre’s own LEAD journal. Research by interns will be with a specialist in a field relevant to environment, law and sustainable development. It also gives valuable volunteer experience in a leading UK academic institution.

Interns work under the supervision of a LEDC researcher in one of the five programme areas:

  • Climate change law and policy;
  • Natural resources and law;
  • Human rights and environment;
  • Development, law and the environment;
  • Intellectual property law and sustainable development.
Who Should Apply?

Applicants with a postgraduate degree and/or relevant experience are preferred.
Interns will need to be fluent in English and be familiar with computers. Much of the work will involve research, assisting organising seminars and workshops, and editing academic papers. Familiarity with MS Office, and MS Word in particular, is essential, and experience of the internet and library research is very useful.

What Does a LEDC Internship Involve?

Internships can be for 2 academic terms or the whole academic year. Candidates usually commit to a minimum of 12 hours per week. Interns are assigned to a researcher whose usual workload includes teaching commitments, research projects under one or more programme areas, and consultancy/advisory work, usually for non-governmental or inter-governmental organisations. This ‘allocation’ to a researcher is flexible and will depend on the intern’s area of interest.

While you are at LEDC, if there is work elsewhere in the Centre that needs to be done, you may be asked to take on projects in other areas. Intern placements are based on practical work experience, and there is no formal training element. Interns will be encouraged to work independently on tasks and projects.

It is important to be aware that LEDC internships are unpaid. Whilst there is flexibility in your hours, assigned researchers will prefer you to commit to regular, agreed hours arranged between you.


LEDC has no current vacancies for interns - the next call for interns will be posted here at the beginning of the next academic year.