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A global experience at your fingertips. The future of internships is here.

Whether you’re a first-year student or a recent graduate, our global virtual internships will give you the skills you need to take that next big step in your career.

Over 100,000 people have registered for our award-winning free internships. With over 45 hours of modular content, they represent the future of virtual work-experience and progress towards breaking down barriers to the profession and creating meaningful learning opportunities for all.

The content has been created by leading experts from across our global network. It will not only expose you to international work in a way that has never been done before, but also enable you to develop the analytical abilities that will turn you into a leading lawyer of tomorrow.

This internship will offer you the chance to:

  • Upskill yourself by completing trainee-level tasks
  • Gain an insight into challenges facing our clients around the world
  • Learn first-hand from our trainees and lawyers around our global network.

The moment to take control of your future has arrived. By giving you access to inspirational lawyers, exceptional development resources and insights that will guide you for years to come, this is an internship that could make your career.

Complex, Global Challenges

The challenges our clients need help with are complex and borderless. To face these challenges effectively, our approach also needs to be multi-jurisdictional and inter-disciplinary. On our Global Virtual Internships, you will learn about the legal and commercial implications of risks across industries. You will practise advising clients on how to protect themselves and deal with these risks responsibly. To learn more about how we help clients with these challenges, visit our Boardroom Risk & Reputation and Thought Leadership sites.

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New Internship

We are delighted to announce the launch of our brand-new Structured Asset Backed Real Estate (SABRE) virtual internship. SABRE is part of our Global Financial Markets practice which makes up a significant proportion, close to 40%, of the firm and our work. Within the market-leading SABRE team there are broadly three areas of focus: Real Estate Finance; Structured Debt; and Loan portfolios.

The internship is designed to not only give future lawyers an insight into how our Global Financial Markets practice is using their expertise to guide our clients within sophisticated financial markets and enabling them to anticipate issues, manage risks, and ultimately succeed, but will also help you understand and prepare you for the types of tasks you can expect to work on as a trainee in our SABRE practice area.

"This internship is intended to provide students with an insight into the work of the group, together with a foundational understanding of the techniques and structures used in connection with structured, asset backed and real estate financing transactions and an illustration how such transactions affect the real economy and shapes the world in which we live."Josh Dowdall, Associate

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Global Virtual Internships

Hear from our Global Senior Partner, Jeroen Ouwehand, as he describes why we are passionate about equal education and its role in creating equal opportunities for all.

Access to Education

As a signatory to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we believe that education is vital for building a better world for all. As such, access to education is one of the three pillars of our global Community & Pro Bono Strategy. We believe that social progress cannot happen without everyone having access to quality education, therefore we support and run activities around the world with the aim of protecting and expanding access to education. Our Global Virtual Internships are open-access which means anyone can participate and have access to these programmes from anywhere.

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Our collaborators

Our collaboration with the University of York

The University of York is a trusted partner of ours and we have worked with them for many years – most recently, on our 2019 Out & Proud research in collaboration with Trendence UK, National Student Pride and Deutsche Bank.

York Law School is top-rated for research, teaching and learning. One of its distinguishing characteristics is its pioneering use of Problem Based Learning (PBL) – a modern, dynamic learning method where students experience law in its social and theoretical contexts and learn to work as a professional.

The University contributed towards idea generation for the internship tasks, reviewed the content once our lawyers had designed it and provided some useful guidance about PBL - which should help you if you decide to work on the tasks in a group.

"Working with Clifford Chance on this project has been a real eye-opener. Their total commitment to innovation and finding new ways of doing things is inspiring and really connects with the way we approach our teaching at York Law School. “ – Stephen Levett, Director of Professional Practice at York Law School.

Our particular thanks go to Stephen Levett, for his contribution towards our Global Virtual Internship.
 

A collaboration with UEA Law School and CCP

Our Antitrust Global Virtual Internship has been designed in collaboration with the University of East Anglia Law School and the prestigious Centre for Competition Policy (CCP), which produces high-quality research and policy advice on a broad range of competition-law-related topics and issues. The modules draws on the rich practical expertise of our Antitrust team and the academic and research work of CCP to introduce you to the fascinating world of competition law.

Meet our Global Virtual Internships contributors

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Mary Elizabeth Bultemeier
“The Global Virtual Internships are exciting because they provide the opportunity to see what the firm's practice is really like and prepare students for a career in that practice.”

Mary Elizabeth Bultemeier

Law Clerk

"I would have loved to participate while I was a student because there is no better way to prepare yourself for actual tasks you might receive as a Junior Associate at the firm.

The tasks are challenging and interesting and will provide an excellent starting point for anyone looking to understand what working in commercial law looks like."

Elena Calsamiglia
“The internships effectively provide a concrete sense of the type and quality of the work required of trainee lawyers at a global law firm like Clifford Chance."

Elena Calsamiglia

Trainee

"At the same time, the tasks will urge students to keep an eye on future developments in their careers by drawing their attention to the most innovative legal issues like climate change. 

Although these are still emerging today, they are likely to be part of the daily working routine of future generations of lawyers.”

Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram
"Respecting human rights when conducting business is a basic element of business ethics and the joint responsibility of firms, states and social entities, which should cooperate to counteract human rights violations."

Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram

Advocate

"This is why it is so important that students applying to the firm know how to demonstrate knowledge of human rights law and appropriate social sensitivity to the problems of others.

These internships are detailed and dense in content which means any one that gives them a try for the first time should be guaranteed to come away having learnt something new."

Adrien Doerr
''The Global Virtual Internships offer a great opportunity for all those interested in the legal profession to gain an authentic and comprehensive insight into life at a law firm from the comfort of their own home."

Adrien Doerr

Trainee

"Particularly at an early stage of their educational journey, this will be an invaluable chance to gain some first-hand experience and at the same time showcases just how international and interlinked our work is.

Working on the content of the Antitrust internship was fascinating and enlightening. They offer so much insight and should allow individuals to really get a feel for the type of work undertaken by lawyers."

Eitan Myers
“The Global Virtual Internships are an opportunity for all regardless of their background, to gain an insight into the world of corporate law."

Eitan Myers

Trainee

"It allows people to work on typical trainee tasks and provides those either starting to be interested by law or already taking their first steps towards a legal career, with a unique and genuine understanding of the corporate world.

I think these internships differ from others in that they are so detailed and built round real work. They are a really amazing resource for anyone that is thinking about working in a commercial sphere."

Kristians Butins
“Our SABRE Global Virtual Internship provides a great foundation to build understanding about the complex financial and regulatory legal work that we do and challenges that our clients face."

Kristians Butins

Lawyer

"It is challenging to get legal internship or work experience opportunities at law firms, particularly, for more disadvantaged students or those changing their careers. Our Global Virtual Internship strives to break barriers by giving everyone equal access to the insight of the legal sector.

Looking back, I wish there were opportunities like these when I was a student trying to see whether I would like to pursue a career in law."