Standing Committee of Experts on International Migration, Refugee and Criminal Law

15 November 2022

Vacancy Meijers Committee – Internship (6 months, 2 days a week)

Would you like to learn more about how European decisions are made or the areas of law that Europe has jurisdiction over? Are you interested in expanding your knowledge on European asylum and migration policy and the EU’s relations with third countries? Or are you interested in the newest developments in criminal law, privacy or non-discrimination law? Do you like variety, intellectual challenges, but do you also want to learn more about the ins and outs of an organisation? Apply for an internship at the Meijers Committee!

The Meijers Commission is a unique group of professors, judges, lawyers and academic staff in the Netherlands that researches and advises on European criminal, migration, refugee, privacy, non-discrimination and constitutional law. The Meijers Committee works to inform European institutions and both houses of the Dutch Parliament about the impact of European legislative developments. In this way, we provide national politicians with the necessary research and resources to influence the legislative process in Brussels.

By responding early and maintaining contact with legislative institutions, particularly in Brussels and The Hague, the Meijers Committee has made an important contribution to the rule of law quality of European legislation and regulations over the past two decades.

The Meijers Committee is financially supported by several civil society organisations. The day-to-day activities of the Committee are carried out by an executive secretary. In addition to that, a project officer is involved in activities related to the project ‘Watching over the Rule of Law in the European Union’.

Your tasks as an intern of the Meijers Committee:

  • Conducting legal and political research and writing draft opinions on current European and national legislative proposals, depending on your specific interest and the EU’s political agenda;
  • assisting in the preparation of Committee meetings;
  • participating in the organisation of conferences;
  • Keeping track of current events at the European level;
  • liaising with stakeholders in The Hague and Brussels;
  • assisting the executive secretary and the project officer in their work.

Your profile:

  • Master’s student at a Dutch university, with knowledge of and great interest in International and European law;
  • good command of the English language is required, including legal terminology. A good command of the Dutch language would be preferable. Knowledge of German and/or French is a plus;
  • affinity with and basic knowledge of the EU decision-making process and at least one of the areas of expertise of the Meijers Committee (i.e. migration, asylum, criminal, institutional, privacy, non-discrimination law);
  • strong research and editing skills and good communication skills;
  • the ability to work independently, take responsibility and function as a sparring partner for the executive secretary and the project officer.

What does the Meijers Committee offer you?

  • A pleasant working and learning environment;
  • diversity in tasks and gaining work experience in a European legal context;
  • guidance from the executive secretary and project officer of the Meijers Committee;
  • an internship allowance of 220 euros per month.

The duration of the internship can be determined in consultation but is a minimum of four and a maximum of six months for two days a week. The internship will start (preferably) at the beginning of January 2023.

Are you interested? Send a motivation letter, CV and list of grades to the executive secretary of the Meijers Committee, Barbara Safradin, before Friday 16 December 2022 to: If you have any questions or want to receive additional information about the vacancy, you can use the latter e-mail address or call us on 020-362 0505.