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  • Locations: Braga, Portugal
  • Program Terms: Summer Internships
  • Restrictions: UPENN applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

Global Internship Program (GIP): University of Minho Law School
Uminho Law School LogoThe Internship: Students interested in conducting legal research over the summer are encouraged to apply to this opportunity at the University of Minho Law School.

Number of Spots Available: 4

Duration: 8-12 weeks

Start Date: Mid-Late May 2018

The Organization: On February 1, 1993, the University of Minho Senate approved unanimously the law degree.  Thus, the foundations were set for the launching of the third public school of law in Portugal after the law faculties at the Universidade of Coimbra and the Universidade of Lisboa.  In 2005, the Law School acquired a School Statute with full autonomy, sustaining the growth of the School.  The enormous exertion the School makes to ensure that their instructors have the highest qualifications has born fruit: their Law School has the country's third-highest number of instructors with doctorates.  Moreover, it was the first public law faculty to offer a program of study (in the 2006-07 school year) which fulfilled the Bologna Process' educational requirements.  The School's program of study is four years (eight semesters) in duration, leads to to the law degree (Licenciado em Direito), and gives students training appropriate for a jurist.  Graduates can count on having a solid legal background and on being prepared to handle the duties traditionally entrusted to those who work in the judiciary, legal advocacy, public administration, registry and notary services, and judicial police fields, as well as younger, growing fields, such as strategy consulting for organizations that are private and public, national and international.

The Location:  Braga is a safe and happy city in which the University of Minho's campus is considered the "lungs" of the town; in other words, it is a university town, full of young and interesting people.

Internship Details

Research Assistants at the University of Minho Law School will:
  • Work side-by-side with one of the School's professors to help further their research skills in national and international journals
  • Be given regular tasks by professors involving research in various legal areas
  • Have full access to the School's databases and library
Research Assistants can expect to work from 9:00am-5:00pm, Monday through Friday, with a one-hour lunch break daily.


All GIP applicants must be current full-time, degree-seeking University of Pennsylvania students who are returning to their degree program full-time in the Fall semester.  All GIP applicants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
The research placement at the University of Minho Law School also requires applicants to meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Thorough knowledge of the use of Word, Excel, and the internet
  • Willingness to learn how to use scientific data bases
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
  • Ability to speak Portuguese or Spanish

Please Note: Students who have participated in this program in the past OR who accepted a placement through this program in the past but then withdrew are not eligible to apply again.


Braga, PortugalStudents are responsible for finding their own accommodation.  The University of Minho Law School will provide interns accepted to this placement with suggestions as to where and how you can find safe, affordable, and comfortable housing close to your internship site.

Money Matters

All students accepted to the GIP will be awarded a Global Internship Program Award.  GIP award amounts vary by student, and are based on location of internship, length of internship, the student's need, and the student's merit. The internship placement application process includes the GIP award application essay.

The estimated budget for this internship is as follows:
Expense Estimated Cost Notes
Program Fee $0 None
Round trip airfare $1,600 Estimated cost PHL - OPO
Accommodation $1,000 Estimated cost 8 weeks - private room
Meals & Personal Expenses $1,000 Could vary based on lifestyle
Visa $0 Not required for US citizen
Local Transport $170 Public transport, occasional taxi, to & from airport
Other $0  
Total Estimated Cost $3,770  

How to Apply

Ready to Apply?  Follow These Steps:
1. Click Apply Now above to login with your PennKey and password and begin the application
2. Complete all requirements listed in the online application, including:
  • CV/Resume upload
  • Cover Letter or Personal Statement upload
  • Unofficial transcript upload
  • Award essay
  • Required advising appointment with the Global Internships Manager (schedule yours by clicking here)
  • Other program-specific requirements, as needed
3. Once all requirements have been received and checked off, submit your application by the deadline
Don't Forget:
  • You may apply to a maximum of two (2) GIP programs.  You may open your first program application by following the above instructions.  To open a second application, you must first meet with the Global Internships Manager for an advising appointment.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to schedule your advising appointment, as appointment slots may fill!  Advising appointments will not be available December 23rd-January 1st, so please plan ahead.

Application Deadline: January 10th, 2018 at 11:59pm EST


Schedule an Advising Appointment: Don't forget that meeting with the Global Internships Manager is a required component of applying to the GIP.  Schedule your appointment by clicking here, and don't wait too long, as appointment slots may fill!

Past Participants: Want to connect with a student who participated in the Global Internship Program?  Click here to view a list of past participants and get in touch.

Career Services: The Career Services office on campus can help you in several ways.  You may find the following links helpful: Visas: Depending on your citizenship and destination country, you may need a visa or work permit to participate in this internship.  It is your responsibility as a GIP participant to determine your visa requirements and obtain a visa, if needed. Past participants have found the following resources helpful in determining visa requirements:

This program is currently not accepting applications.