View Vacancy - Political Intern

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)

Main purpose of job:

To provide political monitoring and administrative support to the Political Team at the British Consulate-General in Sao Paulo, particularly on Brazilian politics and engagements at state and local levels.

This is a challenging position within the Political Team at the British Consulate-General. The successful candidate will have the chance to develop analytical, organizational and communication skills, besides being involved in the lively diplomatic life of the UK Mission in Brazil. They will be an essential part of the team developing policy areas and network objectives.

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?

  • Support monitoring and reporting on domestic/internal policy matters. Responsibilities include writing and presenting briefings, monitoring news, conducting stakeholder mapping exercises and writing reports on political events.
  • Support the engagement with working-level contacts, diplomats and senior stakeholders.
  • Support the Political Team’s administrative work. Responsibilities include updating documents, translating texts, coordinating mailing lists, organizing files and taking notes in meetings.
  • Provide support on events and official visits. Responsibilities include arranging meetings, booking venues, setting up events (branding, catering, etc), sending and following up on invitations, etc.
  • Provide support on political projects management. Responsibilities include budget management, activity recording, report writing and prospection of opportunities.


Must be at least on the 4rth period of an undergraduate programme. Preferable disciplines include Political Science, International Relations, Law, Communications and Public Policy Management. We are open to students from any other discipline, as long as they can demonstrate in their application an ongoing interest in foreign and domestic politics-related issues.

Essential skills and experience:

interest in Brazilian politics, especially in the Executive and Legislative branches. Interest in International Relations areas, such as human rights, development, cooperation and diplomacy. Strong organisational and team-working skills. Be able to handle multiple activities in a fast-paced environment. Mastery of written and spoken English and Portuguese. Good IT skills.

Eligibility to work and live in Brazil is required.

Language requirements:

Language: Portuguese / English

Level of language required: Professional proficiency

Desired qualifications, skills and experience:

Previous experience with research and written reports will be an advantage.

23 February 2021
Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
Latin America and Spanish speaking Caribbean
Sao Paulo
British Consulate
R$ 1,697.70
15 April 2021

The British Consulate General in Sao Paulo believes in a strong learning and development culture, and works to give staff the opportunity to build expertise and achieve personal goals engaging on the day-to-day job and learning from colleagues and from formal training courses. The selected candidate will undertake some mandatory training and will have an opportunity to enrol in a set of learning activities during the internship, and engage in the Brazil interns’ network.

Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary, eg some non-local national staff and some spouses or partners of UK diplomatic staff, will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount. For open-ended positions

Applications must be submitted in English and comprise a covering letter (max. 1 page), a CV (max. 2 pages) and two professional/academic references. In the application covering letter, please set out why you want the job, why you are suitable for the job and what value you would bring to the Political Team.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.