Global Internship Program (GIP): University of Minho Law School
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:
Mid-Late May 2018
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.
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.
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:
Priority will be given to applicants who have the following criteria:
- Thorough knowledge of the use of Word, Excel, and the internet
- Willingness to learn how to use scientific data bases
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.
- Ability to speak Portuguese or Spanish
Students 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.
All students accepted to the GIP will be awarded a Global Internship Program Scholarship. GIP scholarship amounts vary by student, and award amounts 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 scholarship application essay.
The estimated budget for this internship is as follows:
|Round trip airfare
||Estimated cost PHL - OPO
||Estimated cost 8 weeks - private room
|Meals & Personal Expenses
||Could vary based on lifestyle
||Not required for US citizen
||Public transport, occasional taxi, to & from airport
|Total Estimated Cost
|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!
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.
The Career Services office on campus can help you in several ways. You may find the following links helpful:
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: