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Internship – Legal

The Ocean Cleanup


Posted over 30 days ago...


Join The Ocean Cleanup's mission to restore our oceans while honing your legal expertise as a passionate intern


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Coolsingel 6

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At The Ocean Cleanup, our core mission is to develop advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, fostering a cleaner and healthier marine environment. As a pioneering non-profit organization, we offer an exhilarating chance to contribute to a world-changing initiative. We are now offering a dynamic internship for law students looking to apply their academic knowledge to practical, impactful work.

  • Support the Legal team in daily operations and enhance your legal skills.
  • Gain hands-on experience with legal tasks such as managing trademarks, patents, and contracts.
  • Participate in the development of a new Document Management System.
  • Engage with various departments, providing legal support and insights.
  • Assist in the organization of legal-related meetings and events.
  • Play a role in maintaining the intellectual property and insurance portfolio.
  • Current law student (at least in the third year of a bachelor's degree or higher).
  • Interest in legal matters relevant to the organization's activities.
  • Experience with SharePoint and/or Salesforce is a plus.
  • Proficiency in English; Dutch or Spanish is beneficial.
  • Curiosity, eagerness to learn, and a pragmatic yet thorough approach to work.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, international setting.
  • Submit a CV, academic transcripts, a writing sample, and at least one letter of recommendation in one PDF file.
  • Availability of 32 hours per week with a minimum of 3 days at our Rotterdam HQ.
  • Possibility to combine the internship with a Master's thesis project.
  • Continuous university enrollment throughout the internship is required.

The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop and scale technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. This is an opportunity for motivated law students to be exposed to the mission and work of The Ocean Cleanup. The internship allows individuals to support the Legal team’s daily operations and improve their legal skills while working in a dynamic environment.
This internship is an opportunity for students who, in the context of their studies, wish to gain practical educational work experience and deepen their legal knowledge. Interns will receive monthly compensation, as well as free and healthy lunches at our office.


During this internship, you will be provided with a first-hand experience of the day-to-day legal operations of The Ocean Cleanup by closely collaborating with all members of the Legal department. As part of our team, you will be involved in a variety of tasks, ranging from providing support in the maintenance of our organization’s trademarks and patents portfolio, to supporting the review and filing of agreements.
Main tasks:

  • Supporting the team in the implementation of the Legal team’s new Document Management System (DMS).
  • Answering simple legal questions from other departments and escalating to the relevant Legal Counsel(s), where necessary.
  • Supporting the digital (on SharePoint and Salesforce) and physical filing of agreements of the organization.
  • Assisting in reviewing various documents and contracts.
  • Supporting with registration processes at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK).
  • Support in the organization of meetings and events related to the Legal Department.
  • Providing administrative support on maintaining the intellectual property (trademarks and patents) and insurance portfolio of the organization.
  • There will be opportunities to assist the Director of Legal and Public Affairs with administrative tasks such as scheduling meetings, managing calendars, organizing files, and assisting with the preparation of presentations and collection of other information, according to the needs of the Legal Department. These tasks are essential for the smooth operation of the Legal team and will provide valuable exposure to the daily responsibilities of a legal professional.


  • Currently pursuing a law degree (Third year bachelor's degree or higher)
  • Knowledge of or interest in a legal topic related to the activities of the organization or of the Legal Department in general.
  • Prior experience with SharePoint and/or Salesforce is desirable.
  • Excellent English language skills (written and verbal); Dutch or Spanish is desirable.


  • Curious and eager to learn
  • Pragmatic where possible, but thorough when needed
  • Team player with high cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Thrives in a fast-paced, international environment
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Intrinsic motivation to work on our ambitious and meaningful goal


  • Prospective applicants should submit:
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • A transcript of academic records or statement of academic results
  • An academic writing sample (an excerpt of any of your essays or papers in English)
  • At least one letter of recommendation

Please submit all required documents as one pdf file.

Please note: 

  • Candidates are expected to be available 32 hours/ week throughout the duration of the internship. 
  • Candidates are expected to work from our HQ in Rotterdam at least 3 days a week.
  • If applicable, the internship can be combined with a Master's thesis project. 

Additionally, candidates are required to be enrolled at a University (Bachelor’s/Master's/PhD program) throughout the duration of the internship.


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