nl en

Internship Air & Space Law


Admission requirements

Admission to the fulltime face-to-face advanced LL.M. programme in Air and Space Law.


Students are required to do an internship of a minimum of 6 weeks (min. 32 hours per week, or equivalent) at an institution or company of their own choosing that deals with either Air or Space Law, for instance: an airline, airport, space business, law firm, civil aviation or other governmental authority or international organization.

The purpose of the internship is to provide the student with experience of the practical application of theoretical knowledge he or she has already acquired and to acquire professional skills and knowledge. The internship aims at further enhancing their capacity to apply the acquired knowledge, research and practical skills in a professional environment, building upon the integrative insight and understanding developed in the last term.

Students can undertake an internship in the Netherlands, abroad (this option is currently restricted by the University until further notice) or in their home country. It is important that visa requirements are taken into account and, where applicable, that the conditions of the student's visa are respected. In certain situation this may require staff to sign a tripartite agreement. More information will be available on Brightspace.

An alternative assignment is available for students that cannot perform an internship due to travel restrictions.

Course Objectives

During the internship, students experience and often contribute to the implementation of regulations and policies of air and space law in practice, and train their research, writing, presentation, communication and teamwork skills. At the end of the internship, students are requested to submit an reflection report.


Suggested timeframes for taking full-time internship are mid-December to January and Mid-May to August.

Mode of Instruction

Students are, as part of their training and networking skills, required to find themselves an internship position, Staff members can offer advise and make use of their network to help find an internship. It is essential that each student starts to look and apply for possible internships as soon as possible. It is particularly advised that students take the first initiative in finding an internship that best suits their personal and professional profile before approaching staff, guest lecturers or other relations.

Students should seek the approval from a staff member to check that the envisaged internship meets the course requirements before accepting the internship.

Assessment method

Students need to hand in an internship agreement, or another type of official document that proves where and for how long they performed an internship. At the end of the internship, students are requested to submit an internship report signed by their internship supervisor.

Reading list

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


International Institute of Air and Space Law (IIASL)
Law School, Leiden University
Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden, Netherlands
Postal address: P.O. Box 9520, 2300 RA Leiden, Netherlands
Phone : +31 71 527 8081


Disclaimer: This course has been updated to the best of our knowledge at the current time of publishing. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the fluctuating changes in lockdown regulations, all information contained within this course description is subject to change up to 1 September 2020.

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 after 1 September 2020, changes to the course description can only be made in the event of strict necessity and only in the circumstances where they do not impinge the interests of the students. Should there be a need for any change during the duration of the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis and will not be to the prejudice of students. Modifications after 1 September 2020 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board.