Title: INTERNSHIP - External Relations
Reference of the post: INT00917
Directorate:Office of Legal Affairs
Sub-Directorate: External Relations Unit
Duty station: Lyon, France
Duration: 11 months
Estimated starting date: As soon as possible
Level of security clearance: Basic
Deadline for applications: 31 December 2016
INTERPOL’s Internship Programme welcomes candidates from any of our 190 member countries.
The Programme attracts talented students or recent graduates to the Organization and provides them with:
  • A better understanding of the Organization’s goals and objectives and how international police cooperation is organized
  • An insight into how an international organization operates
  • A framework to enhance their educational experience through practical work assignments, thereby developing skills which are useful for their career and future employment
  • Experience of working in a multicultural, multidisciplinary and multi-ethnic environment, contributing to the development of mutual understanding, trust and tolerance
All the relevant information about our Internship Programme may be found on our official web site.
Candidates should familiarize themselves with the conditions of internship and the requirements prior to applying for this internship.


The Office of Legal Affairs provides substantive legal advice to INTERPOL’s General Secretariat and Governing Bodies on all legal aspects of INTERPOL’s mandate, operations and administration.It is responsible for all legal issues within the Organization of an institutional, regulatory or operational nature and for matters which require the protection of the Organization’s legal interests. It also develops legal programmes with a view to enhancing international cooperation in criminal matters, with a specific focus on data protection issues.
The External Relations Unit drafts, amends or interprets legal frameworks and instruments related to INTERPOL’s External Relations.
In particular, the External Relations Unit provides advice on all legal aspects related to relationships with other International Organizations, Non-governmental Organizations, Member  Countries, Private Sector, Civil Society which include cooperation agreements, public-private partnerships, complex financial contributions and other forms of new operational and strategic partnerships.
The External Relations Unit negotiates, amends or interprets Agreements on Privileges and Immunities, dealing with major questions arising out of the Headquarters Agreements with France and other host countries.
The External Relations Unit provides guidance and legal framework for the protection of the image of Interpol, its distinctive signs (use of its name and emblem), and its intellectual property, copyrights, included when communicating to civil society.
Throughout this internship the selected applicant will provide support to the External Relations Unit and its activities by:
  • Assisting in the draft of legal reviews and in doing legal research
  • Do research on legal topics
  • Assisting in the draft of legal instruments of cooperation, (Cooperation agreement, MoU, etc)
  • Assisting in the draft and interpreting of agreements on Privileges and Immunities
  • Assisting in development of policies and legal framework related to the protection of the image of Interpol,
  • Carry out any other duty assigned by the supervisor
Working on different on-going projects, the selected applicant will:
  • Develop her/his abilities on legal research
  • Improve drafting/writing skills
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