View Vacancy - Science & Innovation Intern

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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Science and Innovation

The Science and Innovation (S&I) team in San Francisco seeks a Science and Innovation Intern for the Spring semester. This is an opportunity to work in international science diplomacy and high-level government science and innovation policy for the UK government in a location at the epicentre of global innovation.


Science and Innovation (S&I) are at the heart of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy for prosperity and sustainable growth. The UK is a global leader in S&I and we recognize that international partnership is essential to maintaining our excellence, our reputation and our global competitiveness. In line with the SIN Global Strategy, the San Francisco S&I team is responsible for maintaining the UK government’s science and innovation interests in the Pacific Northwest (Northern California, Oregon, Washington State, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). The successful candidate will join a team of three led by the Regional Director for Science & Innovation, West Coast.

The San Francisco team is one of 7 S&I teams throughout the US coordinated by the British Embassy in Washington, DC. Globally, the UK S&I network comprises 110 officers in over 40 countries around the world.

The work of the UK S&I network is guided by the following objectives:

  • Influence the science and innovation policies of US government bodies, industry and academia to benefit the UK;

  • Inform UK government policy related to science and innovation, based on international experience and emerging opportunities and challenges in the US;

  • Stimulate strategic science collaborations to benefit the UK and deliver wider policy goals;

  • Harness international technology partnerships and investment to the benefit of UK and global prosperity.


    Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research and report on the Pacific Northwest “offer” for priority sectors, notably AI/Machine Learning, Health and Life Sciences, Clean Growth, and the Future of Mobility, informing policy reporting and SIN programme of activity.

  • Undertake background research and produce briefings and bios to contribute to successful visits, meetings and broader stakeholder management.

  • Attend meetings, events or conferences covering S&I topics.

  • Establish, manage and attend meeting series to engage with local stakeholders.

  • Focus on conception and delivery of high-profile science events.


• Must be currently enrolled and degree-seeking with at least 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework completed. Since this is an unpaid internship, students receiving college (or graduate-level) credit in exchange for their internships is required.
• While not required, those seeking an undergraduate degree in a related field (science, policy, international relations) and/or enrolled in a Masters or PhD programme are preferred.
• Strong research, analytical and organisational skills.
• Ability to work independently.
Collaborating and Partnering
21 January 2019
Fixed Term, Intern
3 months
N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
United States
San Francisco
British Consulate General
$100 per month
4 March 2019
31 May 2019

This program offers internships for 15-25 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters. 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 4 March 2019 and end on 31 May 2019.

Under US State Department 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 Document. If you hold a Visa other than an A or J1 Visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

Resume and a cover letter should be submitted by 6 Jan 2019 in one PDF document. 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.