View Vacancy - Politics, Press & Public Affairs Intern - San Francisco

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Communications, Press and Media, Political

The British Consulate General in San Francisco is offering a 2017 internship opportunity in its Politics, Press, & Public Affairs (PPPA) department.


The British Consulate General in San Francisco is the United Kingdom’s diplomatic mission responsible for the Pacific Northwest (Northern California, Oregon, Washington State, Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming). PPPA handles the communications side of a host of public diplomacy issues, including energy and climate change, prosperity, UK-US trade and UK-US scientific collaboration. PPPA handles all media-related issues, arranges visits to the region for VIP UK officials and manages the Marshall Scholarship selection process for the region.


We are seeking a motivated intern to help with work on all of the above topics, notably on research, analysis and documentation related to PPPA’s daily work and focusing on British Government foreign policy objectives. Work will be project based and will also include social media research and outreach (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.).


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Researching local, regional and national print and online media and identifying articles relevant to areas of interest.
  • Undertaking background research in order to compose briefs and bios
    on organisations and their personnel, topical issues and events.
  • Helping to organise visit programmes for official UK delegations.
  • Maintaining and updating contacts databases.
  • Responding to requests for information on the UK.
  • Assisting with the Consulate’s social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.).
  • Must be a junior or a senior in an undergraduate programme, or enrolled in a graduate programme. Students majoring in International Relations, Political Science or Communications are required.
  • research, analytical and organisational skills.
  • Ability to work independently. 
  • An understanding of international relations (preferably UK-US relations), US politics in San Francisco’s consular patch and traditional and social media.

Under US State requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders, A or J1 Visa holders with valid Work Authorization Documents. If you hold a Visa other than an A or J1 Visa you are not eligible to work at the Embassy. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

Collaborating and Partnering
21 June 2017
N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
United States
British Consulate General
$100 per month
28 August 2017
15 December 2017

These are unpaid internships, for college credit only, but the Embassy does provide a stipend of $100 per month for transportation costs. This internship will start on 28 August 2017 and end on 15 December 2017.

Resume and a cover letter should be submitted by 2 January 2017. Please note in your cover letter if you are currently eligible to work at the Embassy.Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.

The British Embassy is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a diverse workforce.  We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, or other category protected by law.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.