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The British Consulate-General diplomatically represents the UK in 14 states throughout the Midwest. The Consulate-General is responsible for: developing trade and investment relations between the Midwest and UK; public diplomacy efforts; and, Consular services for British Nationals. We are offering two internships with the Prosperity and Politics, Press & Public Affairs (PPA) teams, responsible for handling public diplomacy on a range of issues.

Students studying politics, economics, public relations, journalism or international affairs can gain valuable real-world experience in their fields. The Consulate’s internship program allows students to be part of a fast-paced environment at the center of the crucial UK-US transatlantic relationship.

Main Functions:

Provide support on responding and analysing requests from the public for basic information on the UK

Public diplomacy

Learn how to Monitor, analyze and brief UK Government officials on political, economic, and legislative developments in the Midwestern United States

Researching media and prepare media lists for the Communications Team.

Learn how to coordinate visits to the Midwest by senior members of the UK Government

Help preparing special events, programmes, and logistical support for the Consulate’s events.


• Must be a junior or a senior in an undergraduate program, or enrolled in a graduate program by the start date of your internship (least 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework completed). Since this is an unpaid internship, students receiving college credit in exchange for their internships is required.

• Working knowledge of – and interest in – the politics of the Midwestern United States

• Be proficient with Microsoft Office products, including Outlook, Word and Excel
• Have very strong writing and research skill

• Be literate in the use of digital engagement tools in a professional environment, including Twitter, Flickr and YouTube (familiarity with Photoshop and design applications is also a plus)

• Be a resourceful asset in a professional office environment


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 21 June 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.

This opportunity is closed to applications.