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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 with a minimum duration of 6 weeks (full-time, min. 32 hours per week, or part-time equivalent) at an institution or company of their choosing that deals with Air Law or Space Law, for instance: an airline, airport, space business, law firm, civil aviation or space governmental authority or international organisation.

The purpose of the internship is to provide the student with experience through the practical application of his or her theoretical knowledge and to acquire professional skills and know-how. The internship aims to further enhance students’ capacity to apply acquired knowledge, research, and practical skills in a professional environment, building in turn upon academic studies and other activities completed in the last term.

Students can undertake an internship in The Netherlands, their home country, or another country. It is important that visa requirements, if any, are met and, where applicable, that the conditions of the student's visa are respected. In certain situations, this may require staff to sign a tripartite agreement. More information will be available on Brightspace.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this internship, students should be able to:

  • Locate and organise an internship placement;

  • Apply relevant air or space laws and policies in a practical context;

  • Use a multidisciplinary approach to discuss legal questions; and

  • Work in a professional environment


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

Mode of Instruction

Students, as part of their training and networking skills, must locate an internship position on their own. While students may request staff members for advice and make use of the Institute’s network to help to find internship positions, ultimately the responsibility lies with the student.

It is essential that each student starts to research internship possibilities and then apply as early as possible. It is 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 others in the Institute’s network.

In the event of doubt, students should seek approval from a staff member to check that the envisaged internship meets the course requirements before accepting an offer.

Assessment method

Students need to hand in an internship agreement, or an equivalent document that proves where and for how long they will perform an internship. At the end of the internship, students are requested to submit a short internship and reflection report, signed by their internship supervisor.

Reading list

Not applicable.


Students need permission to travel abroad for study-related purposes, including internships abroad.


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


Currently these pages are being updated to reflect the courses for 2023 - 2024. Until these pages are fixed as per 1 September 2023 no rights can be claimed from the information which is currently contained within. Should there be any future extenuating circumstances which may impinge our teaching and assessment, these could necessitate modification of the course descriptions after 1 September. This will only happen in the event of strict necessity and the interests of the students will be taken into account. Should there be a need for any change during the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis. Modifications after 1 September 2023 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board and Programme Director.