Careers/Associates/Internship

Internship

Put what you have learned so far into practice and explore the daily work routine in a major international law firm.

Careers/Associates/Internship

Freshfields Unplugged – our programme for internships

Our legal interns are not assigned to a practice group, but support all colleagues in their current client work. This gives you the opportunity to set your own individual focus, to get to know all areas of our business and to experience our working atmosphere as well as our team ‘unplugged’.
From February to November, we offer internships of one month in length for talented law students.

During the internship you will get a comprehensive insight into the daily work of our firm. You will accompany our associates in their daily work, e.g. to negotiations and to court, you will work on pleadings and advisory letters and support the preparation of publications and expert opinions. Throughout the entire internship period, associates are available to you as personal mentors.

Freshfields Unplugged offers you the opportunity to network with our associates and partners and learn more about the people who make up Freshfields.

Interested?

If you have successfully completed the second part of your law studies or your Bachelor degree in Business Law (WU Vienna) when starting the internship, we would be happy to receive your complete application documents (letter of motivation, CV, university certificates and full transcripts) by October 15, 2020 for an internship between February and May, or by January 15, 2021 for an internship between June and November.

Please send your documents by e-mail to recruiting.vienna@freshfields.com.

Gisela Popp will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the internship program.

Testimonials

Sandra Auer

Principale Associate

Sandra Auer

Principale Associate

Tax

As a lawyer in the field of tax law, I advise on questions of general corporate tax law, or law affecting reorganization and, of course, on M&A transactions. One of my main focuses of consulting lies in tax law on real estate.
I first came into contact with tax law during my studies. I chose this area of specialization initially because I saw it as a suitable addition to my focus on corporate law. However, I soon found that I enjoyed tax law more than anything else and this was confirmed during my placement and practical training as a lawyer.

When I tell others what I do for a living, many respond by asking, “isn’t that awfully boring?” which is probably because most people think of their own income tax returns first! However, it is really not like that. Tax law is changing constantly and questions about new approaches come up all the time. This constant challenge is what makes tax law so different and also extremely varied. Often, it is a matter of representing the tax positions of our clients in negotiations with other companies, the tax authorities or even in court proceedings.

I especially appreciate the opportunity that Freshfields offers me, to work with experienced partners on a wide range of exciting and international cases. In almost every case, questions relating to tax law come up. This means that we regularly work with colleagues from other practice groups and gain insight into many industries and areas of law. Often, tax law determines whether and how a transaction can be carried out.
One highlight is also our annual International Tax Group Conference. Tax lawyers from all of Freshfields offices worldwide meet there. In addition to the professional exchange of information on new tax developments, the International Tax Group Conference offers an opportunity to personally get to know colleagues from other locations.

Nina Heym

Principale Associate

Nina Heym

Principale Associate

GT-Finance

Prior to joining Freshfields in 2005, I completed two-years’ training at a major law firm in London. It was there that I discovered my passion for revenue law. Our practice group advises national and international companies as well as private equity investors and financial institutions on banking and revenue law. This means that we support companies in financing acquisitions, in taking up syndicated credit, loans against borrower’s notes, stock market launches and project financing.

The various finance teams in the international offices work closely together. Our contact is not just via telephone calls and emails. During the various conferences and international training programmes, we regularly have the opportunity to meet new colleagues personally and to exchange in-depth information with each other.

Our clients are very demanding, but, at the same time, very amenable. My team is extremely motivated and very open. By no means are we individual gladiators; we always work as a team. My day is filled with a combination of fascinating legal issues, efficient project management and meeting tight deadlines.

No two types of financing are the same. Every case presents a new challenge. This is exactly what makes my work so exciting and is the reason why I am such a passionate finance lawyer. My enthusiasm for this area of work certainly contributed to the fact that I returned to my desk again and again even after giving birth to three daughters. My daily life is incredibly varied. One minute, I am taking part in a telephone conference to discuss contracts. The next, I am sitting in the audience admiring one of my daughters at one of her ballet performances. On the way to work in the morning, I take my oldest daughter to school and check that she has learned her vocabulary. Twenty minutes later, I am sitting in my office, totally focussed, working on the completion of the next project. The challenge for me is to continuously switch from my role as mother to that of a lawyer, and to produce the very best in my job but also to be there for my family and to manage them all.

How to become a part of the team?
What requirements do I need, to apply for the internship programme?
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We require the successful completion of the 2nd section of the law program or a successfully completed bachelor’s program in business law (WU Vienna) when starting your internship. Due to the international nature of our clients, a good knowledge of English is also important. Practical and international experience is an ideal complement to your previous career, but is not absolutely essential for obtaining an internship.

How can I apply and what documents do I need to include with my application?
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Please apply by e-mail to recruiting.vienna@freshfields.com. Your complete application documents should consist of a cover letter, your curriculum vitae in tabular form and all relevant certificates of the university(ies). You are welcome to summarize your documents in a PDF file.

What are the next steps after my application?
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As soon as we get your application, we will send you confirmation that we have received it. This way, you can be sure your application will definitely be considered in the process. After the application deadline, all applications will be reviewed and we will pre-select candidates according to our criteria. If you are shortlisted, we will contact you to arrange an interview.

I am not yet in the 3rd section of the law program or have not yet completed my Bachelor’s degree in Business Law (WU). Can I still participate in the program?
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We want to involve you in the work of the associates during your internship and our daily business therefore require certain basic legal knowledge. The completed 2nd section (law) or the completed bachelor’s degree (business law) at the start of the internship is a guideline. Of course we are happy to accept applications in advance.

Is it possible to carry out an internship outside the programme periods?
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If our programme periods do not suit you due to study requirements, please mention this in your letter of application. We will be pleased to check individual internship opportunities.

I am studying law abroad. Can I still apply for the internship programme?
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Our internship programme is aimed primarily at students of Austrian law with the aim of becoming a fully qualified lawyer (m/f/x).

Please note, in Austria, we mainly deal with matters of Austrian law. For this, you must have the appropriate basic legal knowledge. However there are still opportunities if you are studying law abroad and we will gladly accept your application.

Can I complete the internship at a foreign Freshfields office?
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This is possible in principle. Please apply for this directly at the location of your choice. Please note that in each country we primarily handle local legal cases and require the appropriate basic knowledge for this. In addition, you should be able to demonstrate language skills in the local language so that you can assist in day-to-day business.