12 January 2017

Legal & Communications Intern (Budapest)

PILnet: The Network for Public Interest Law is seeking a part-time legal & communications intern to work from its Budapest office for at least six months. The successful candidate will work closely with PILnet’s legal and communications staff to further PILnet’s pro bono program.

This position, unpaid, will provide the intern with experience working for an international NGO in a fast-paced environment.

PILnet envisions a world where the rule of law delivers justice and protects human rights. PILnet collaborates with local partners around the globe to develop the legal landscape essential to rights-respecting societies. It provides lawyers with the tools they need to challenge injustice, strengthens the ability of citizens to shape law and policy, and connects a global community of activist lawyers who are using law to advance change. PILnet has offices in New York, London, Budapest, Moscow, Hong Kong and Beijing.

The position is unpaid and will be based in Budapest, Hungary.

For more information, please visit our main website at, and the European Pro Bono Forum website at

The duties of the intern will include

  • conducting outreach with law firms, corporations and NGOs across the world to support PILnet’s Global Pro Bono Clearinghouse;
  • assisting with the organization and promotion of PILnet’s 2017 European Pro Bono Forum, to take place in Budapest in November 2017;
  • generating content for website, Facebook, and other social media networks;
  • maintaining and updating PILnet’s contacts database (CiviCRM); and

Successful candidates will

  • be highly motivated, detail-oriented and have the ability to work on one’s own initiative;
  • have excellent writing and verbal communication skills;
  • have a demonstrated interest in human rights and access to justice issues;
  • be working toward or possess a post-graduate degree in law, human rights, political science, journalism, communications, or related fields;
  • have superior drafting and editing skills for texts targeting external audiences;
  • have native-level competency in English—Hungarian is an advantage but not required;
  • have basic HTML, JOOMLA and/or graphic design skills (preferable but not required).

To apply:
Please send a cover letter, CV, and a one-page writing sample to by 15 February 2016. Start date a.s.a.p.


PILnet offers unpaid internships for students willing to gain experience in the promotion of public interest advocacy and human rights in Europe and Asia. Internships are normally ten to twelve weeks in length, 40 hours a week, and are offered in the spring (February to May), summer (June to August), and fall (September to November) of each year, depending on the needs of each PILnet office.

Interns can expect to work for PILnet's communications staff and/or in one or more of the following areas:

Interns are selected based on the following considerations:

  • Demonstrated commitment to public interest law and human rights principles
  • Knowledge of one or more language(s) of the countries where PILnet programs are being implemented
  • Understanding of what PILnet does
  • Communication skill
  • Academic achievement
  • Candidates interested in being an intern in the Beijing office must be fluent in Mandarin

Applications for PILnet internships are accepted and decided upon on a rolling basis. Applicants are requested to submit the following documents:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in an internship at PILnet, including specific program areas and/or projects on which you would like to work, relevant theoretical and/or practical experience, and the specific time period of your proposed internship. Your letter should also make clear your understanding that the internship is non-remunerated, and should identify external sources of funding for the internship.
  • A curriculum vitae, including contact information for two people who can comment on the applicant's potential to undertake a PILnet internship successfully.
  • A law school transcript.

Applications should be submitted to the office where the internship will take place: