What are the Internships?
Western Law’s Internship Program (WLIP) provides a range of summer internship opportunities.
Examples of previous student placements
Below is a small sampling of placements that have been offered since the inception of the program in summer 2006. Please note that the internships listed below are for illustrative purposes only. The WLIP cannot guarantee that a student will be placed with a specific organization for an internship in any given year.
Canadian Red Cross in Ottawa, Canada
The Canadian Red Cross (CRC) mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and around the world. The CRC is the leading humanitarian organization through which people voluntarily demonstrate their caring for others in need. The student selected for this internship will provide research and other assistance in the field of international humanitarian law (the laws of war) to the Canadian Red Cross. The stipend for this internship is generously supported by the Law Foundation of Ontario.
Debwewin Summer Law Internships in various locations in Ontario, Canada
The Debwewin Summer Law Program internships are funded jointly by the Ministry of the Attorney General's Indigenous Justice Division and Western Law. One to three internship placements are offered each year. The selected intern would have a strong interest in Aboriginal/Indigenous Law or access to justice issues. The student may work with the host organization and a local Indigenous community to develop a community-based justice project that relates in some way to the Iacobucci Report subject matter and findings. Students will also be responsible for developing and delivering at least two public legal education workshops to Indigenous community members on the role of the jury and other relevant issues for Indigenous people in relation to the justice system within Ontario. Course work or previous experience in Aboriginal/Indigenous law would be an asset, but is not required.
Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI) in Chicago, Illinois
The GLSLCI is a binational coalition of mayors and other local officials in Canada and the United States who work to advance protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. The intern’s work involved research into municipal, environmental and international law issues. The intern also had the opportunity to attend the GLSLCI annual meeting. It is helpful if the student has taken an environmental law-related course, but it is not required.
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Canada (UNHCR) in Ottawa, Canada
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is the world's leading not-for-profit organization in helping and protecting the millions of people forced to flee their homes because of violence, conflict and persecution. The student selected for this internship will demonstrate an interest in international law and/or international relations, particularly in the area of refugee law. French language skills would be an asset, but are not mandatory.
World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland
This internship placement has been most recently with the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control Secretariat. The intern’s work included drafting documents and legal memoranda and attending meetings with other intergovernmental organizations. The intern also had the opportunity to attend the World Health Assembly at the Palais des Nations. It requires good knowledge of public international law, including treaty law and the ability to work cooperatively in an international workplace. Knowledge of public health law and/or trade law would be an asset.
Racing Point Formula One in Silverstone, UK
The student selected for this internship assisted the general legal counsel of the Racing Point Formula One team with legal issues, mainly in the areas of commercial and contract law. This internship required a strong interest in sports law, a good understanding of the general contract law principles, and demonstrated initiative and self-motivation.
United States Anti-Doping Agency in Colorado Springs, USA
USADA is the official anti-doping organization for Olympic, Paralympic, Pan American, and Parapan American sport in the United States. This intern selected requires a strong interest in sport law, administrative law and/or litigation. Education-related, work, volunteer or travel experience outside of Canada is considered an asset.
Business and Trade Law
Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP - World Bank Group Internship in Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law in Washington, D.C., USA
The selected candidate will intern for approximately four months (from early May until the middle of August) with the World Bank Group in Washington, D.C., United States, and will receive a stipend of $15,000, thanks to the generous support of Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP.
As the selected student for this internship will be working on World Bank Group-related bankruptcy and insolvency issues, the student should have a demonstrated interest in bankruptcy and insolvency law (or related area of the law); a willingness to travel, if necessary, to developing and transition economies and must possess a valid passport of a World Bank shareholder nation with an expiration date at least 9 months from the final date of the internship. A background in finance or economics and an ability to speak other languages (including at least one official United Nations language other than English - i.e. Arabic, French, Mandarin, Russian or Spanish) and previous international or intercultural experience would be assets.
Note: The selection for this internship takes place separately from the general call for applications, and is usually released in November.
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP Student Internship in Mining Finance in Vancouver, Canada
The student selected for this internship will intern at the head office of a global mining company (a client of Cassels Brock) with operations and development projects located throughout the world. This internship opportunity is only open to 1L Western Law student applicants. The company and exact location of the internship will be decided by Cassels Brock shortly after the selection of this intern. The student will receive a stipend of $10,000, thanks to the generous support of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. This internship will involve work related to mining finance and the day-to-day operations of a global mining company. The student selected for this internship should have a demonstrated interest in international business, mining and corporate finance. Knowledge of Spanish would be an asset.
Permanent Mission of Canada to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland
The student selected for this internship will assist the Permanent Mission of Canada World Trade Organization team. The student will participate in WTO meetings, among other activities. It requires an interest in international law and/or international relations, particularly in the areas of international trade policy and law. French language skills would be an asset, but are not required. The selected intern will be required to secure a low level security clearance prior to the internship.
International Internship Opportunities Booklet
When doing research on possible internship options, be sure to check out the latest edition of the International Internship Opportunities booklet – a valuable treasure of information on international internship opportunities around the globe.