Asylum procedure intern for at least 16 hours per week in Amsterdam

Internship Description

Do you enjoy dealing with legal language and being able to dive into something completely? Do you have a basic legal education and experience with the topic of asylum? Then we are looking for you!

Team Expertise, Asylum Procedure Unit of VluchtelingenWerk Nederland (the Dutch Council for Refugees) is looking for interns (m/f/x) for a minimum of 16 hours per week in Amsterdam. Interns in the Asylum Procedure Unit are mainly concerned with summarizing and analyzing (inter)national case law in the field of asylum and immigration law.

Main task: summarize case law

You will be primarily engaged in summarizing and analyzing national and international case law in the field of asylum and immigration law. When summarizing case law, you will make use of VluchtWeb, the knowledge database of VluchtelingenWerk Nederland. You investigate the trends in case law in a particular subfield of asylum law and assess whether a ruling is new or important. You can also use VluchtelingenWerk's own library. During the weekly jurisprudence meeting, you will explain some of the judgments you summarize.

In addition (with good performance) there is the possibility of other work, namely:

Research questions

At the request of employees, you research questions in the field of asylum law. This research is done by using VluchtWeb and VluchtelingenWerk's own library.

Other work

Some interns are paired on content topics with a staff member for whom they may perform other work, such as contributing to a project. In addition, you may be assigned to help with trainings or attend work visits (for example: court hearings).

We are looking for

(Ex-) students with knowledge of Dutch law (preferably administrative law and immigration law) who are motivated to come and work for VluchtelingenWerk. Good command of the Dutch language required.

(N.B. There was no option on this job posting website to click on 'law' under field of study, so there is no need to value the 'policy and organization field' box under this job posting: we are looking for interns with a background in law).

Job Requirements

  • Knowledge of administrative and immigration law;
  • Preferably pursuing master of law degree;
  • academic level of thought and work;
  • willingness to commit to the unit for 104 working days, for minimum 2 days a week (3 days preferred);
  • Be able to analyze well;
  • Be able to work precisely;
  • Be able to work independently and as part of a team;
  • Socially competent, enthusiastic, flexible and stress-resistant;
  • Good command of Dutch, English, and if possible other languages (verbal and written);
  • motivated to work for refugees;
  • Be able to carefully handle confidential material and adhere to confidentiality obligations;
  • Be willing to receive mentoring and participate in training or expertise promotion.


What do we offer?

  • engaging and substantive work, using knowledge of case law to support asylum procedures;
  • The opportunity to increase your expertise in Dutch and international asylum law;
  • A solid familiarization period and expert work supervision;
  • For interns, compensation is €300 gross per month for 2/3 days internship per week and €500 gross per month for 4/5 days internship per week.
  • if you do not have an OV student card, the VluchtelingenWerk commuting regulations apply (see Article 7.2, paragraph 1 and Article 7.19 of the CAO Welzijn & Maatschappelijke Dienstverlening (Welfare & Social Services Collective Agreement));
  • The opportunity for internal training opportunities.

Please note that an internship must be linked to a university program. If you respond within six months of graduation, it is still considered an internship. If you have already graduated more than six months ago, you will be employed as a volunteer. In terms of content, there is no distinction, but as a volunteer you are not entitled to an internship allowance (you are entitled to a travel allowance).

Response time and contact information

Applications will be processed in order of receipt and the start date will be determined in consultation with the applicant. Applications (CV + cover letter) can be addressed to Sofia D'Arcio (sdarcio@vluchtelingenwerk.nl). 

For more information, contact:

Sofia D'Arcio, Asylum Procedure Consultant
E-mail: sdarcio@vluchtelingenwerk.nl
Tel: 020-346 72 69

  • sdarcio@vluchtelingenwerk.nl
  • 29-1-2024
  • 1-3-2024
  • Several problems that the SDGs look at can be a reason to flee. By contributing to legal support for asylum seekers in the Netherlands, you help people on the run get the protection they need. This corresponds directly to Goal 16: Peace, justice and strong public services.

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  • L.L.M., Law
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