Internships in Environmental
Law & Policy

Archipelagos’ environmental law & policy research internships provide an opportunity to contribute to conservation efforts through support of targeted lobbying and legislative research carried out pertaining to national, EU and international levels. Archipelagos’ work is dedicated to promoting the enforcement of conservation measures and effective management techniques necessary for the protection of marine biodiversity.

Key Projects

Conduct research on EU fisheries and Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported (IUU) fishing. Comparative studies examining legislation, effective regulations and enforcement techniques. Including research on the impact caused by trawling and other large scale fisheries practices.

Deliberate the effectiveness of existing EU and international legislation for the conservation of protected habitats (eg. seagrass meadows and coralligenous reefs) and species. Construct advisory documents for management plans to encourage proper enforcement of existing legislation.

Examine the implementation of restrictions addressing plastic pollution from a national, EU and international levels. Construct advisory documents for best practice legislation supported by scientific findings.

Assess the impact of anthropogenic threats on public health and wildlife in relation to legal framework. Specific points of interest include marine shipping, environmental crimes, pollution incidents, unregulated military ammunition use and more.

Assess sustainable vs destructive aquaculture practices. Generate analysis on legislative regulations and environmental requirements. This also includes research on sustainable seafood consumption.


The Aegean Sea is one of the most important marine biodiversity hotspots in the Mediterranean, hosting immense biodiversity and keystone species in the most extensive and pristine seagrass meadows and coralligenous assemblages. Unfortunately, these ecosystems are at increasing risk of irreversible destruction due to anthropogenic activities, such as the uncontrolled maritime traffic, illegal fishing, and unsustainable tourism practices. Through support of scientific research, Archipelagos’ environmental law & policy team works to provide direction for conservation actions necessary for the protection of Mediterranean marine life.

Your Role

The internship will primarily involve law and policy research regarding the conservation and management of the marine and terrestrial environment. Your main focus will be the Aegean and Mediterranean Sea, but you will be given the opportunity to research various legal and policy regimes and familiarize yourself with different approaches implemented on environmental issues worldwide. The outcome of your work will be used for the creation and/or update of project reports or databases. In addition, you will be called to provide your knowledge and opinion on unexpected issues that may arise during your internship, such as incidents of destructive anthropogenic activities. Although your research topics are relevant to the Archipelagos’ main objectives, you will be given the freedom to extend to other related fields of research, always in accordance with the work of Archipelagos, and propose your ideas for future policy-making suggestions. The internship involves, in principle, office work, but you will also be able to participate in the field work of the other Archipelagos’ teams so that you can acquire hands-on experience of marine research and conservation work.

What we offer

We offer an internship at an inspiring institute with experts on applied conservation. You have the opportunity to collect data for writing a thesis, scientific publications or increasing your skill set. Internships normally range from 3 – 12 months, although shorter or longer internship periods may be arranged on a case by case basis . As Archipelagos is a non-profit organisation, the internships we offer are unpaid. Students, recent graduates and researchers are advised to search for possible funding through their universities, via their International Office/ Placement/ Erasmus+ Offices at their Universities or other relevant grant providing organizations in their region, to cover their travel and living costs. 

Technical Skills

At least one of the following requirements is needed:

  • Experience on doctrinal legal research.
  • Ability to conduct interdisciplinary research.
  • Good writing skills and experience in legal writing.
  • Ability to understand and analyze legal and policy texts and documents.

Other Skills

  • Fluency in English
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Motivation to live in remote places with simple facilities
  • Sincere desire to work towards Archipelagos’ conservation efforts

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