Internships in OSCE’s Legal Department in Vienna, Austria



Deadline: 7 April 2016
Open to: Applicants with knowledge of law under 30
Internship Duration: 3 or 6 months


The Office of the Secretary General (OSG) provides general services to the Secretary General (SG), the Chairperson-in-Office and the participating States. It groups service-oriented offices (Legal Services, Conference and Language Services, the Prague Office and Central Records Management), and policy-oriented offices (Communication and Media Relations, External Co-operation, Gender Affairs) as well as Security Management and Executive Management. The OSG also ensures effective co-ordination of policy advice provided to the Secretary General and the Chairmanship, and management decisions taken by the Secretary General. The OSG is led by a Director who also serves as the Head of the Executive Management Section.
Legal Services develops and strengthens the overall regulatory framework of the OSCE, advising on its implementation and responding to requests for legal advice OSCE-wide with respect to international public law, international civil service law, financial and contractual matters, as well as to legal issues related to the structure and activities of the OSCE.
Legal Services is looking for up to two interns to carry out a three to six-month internship as of August 2016. The selected interns will have an excellent opportunity to gain an overview/familiarize themselves with the main legal issues arising out of the functioning of an intergovernmental organization.

Necessary Qualifications 

  • Applicants should be under the age of 30 on the deadline date and from an OSCE participating State;
  • Students in the final year of a law school (university or other accredited institution) at graduate or postgraduate level, i.e. within one year of graduation, or recent graduates or postgraduates within two years of completing their degree, are eligible to apply;
  • Formal training towards writing the bar exam or previous experience in working in a law office or legal unit/department of a public or private entity would be an asset;
  • Strong analytical, research and drafting skills;
  • Professional fluency in English with excellent communication skills; knowledge of Russian is an asset;
  • Strong organizational skills with an ability to process and classify information quickly and efficiently;
  • Excellent IT knowledge, familiarity with Microsoft Office and Internet applications;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people from different national and cultural backgrounds, whilst maintaining impartiality and objectivity.

Tasks and Responsibilities 

The selected interns will be supervised by the Head of Legal Services and work with all members of the team. They will be tasked with some, if not all, the duties outlined below:

  • Performing legal research in the OSCE internal database and documents as well as in other publicly available sources, with a view to facilitating the preparation by the Legal Services team of legal opinions, memoranda, agreements or other documents for the attention of the Secretariat, the OSCE’s institutions and field operations, the Chairmanship-in-Office and the delegations of the participating States;
  • Analysing the findings of the research tasks assigned;
  • Participating in meetings of the OSCE structures and reporting to the Head of Legal Services on discussions at those meetings, with particular emphasis on the deliberations/issues that raise legal questions and/or are of relevance to the work of Legal Services;
  • Assisting the Section in its daily activities and performing any other tasks as required.

Application Procedure 

If you meet the above requirements and wish to apply for this internship opportunity, please use the OSCE’s online application link found under Please mention your availability dates in the cover letter.

Please note that vacancies in the OSCE are open for competition only amongst nationals of participating States, please see:

The OSCE retains the discretion to re-advertise the vacancy, to cancel the recruitment, or offer an internship with modified terms of reference or a different duration.

For Further Information about internship please visit the official web-page




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