View Vacancy - Internship- DIT Special Projects Team (FRA19.116) b

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Department for International Trade roles (DIT)
Department for International Trade (DIT)

The British Embassy in Paris is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas. It is also part of the UK’s France Network (including offices in Lyon, Bordeaux and Marseille and representation to international organisations in Paris (OECD and UNESCO) and Strasbourg (CoE).The British Embassy is currently looking for 4 interns for Department of International Trade- Special Projects Team.

This is an exciting opportunity for fixed 6 month internships, running from April-September 2019 or from October 2019-March 2020.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) promotes British trade & investment around the world; helps to build an appetite for British goods and services overseas; and works to break down barriers to trade & investment. The DIT team in France works from the British Embassy in Paris and from offices in Lyon and Bordeaux. Under the direction of the Deputy Director, the interns would join existing staff in a Special Projects team focused on practical support for British exporters.   

These 6-month internships will be an excellent introduction to how government supports businesses that are internationalising and, more generally, to how an Embassy works. There will be opportunities to collaborate with colleagues working across the Embassy on issues like economic relations, science & innovation and communications outreach. The work will be demanding and, to get the most from the opportunity, the interns would need to be flexible, committed self-starters able to juggle priorities and work on a wide variety of business sectors on tight timelines.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Provision of tailored information and support to individual UK clients in a cross-section of sectors: including new exporters and companies new to the French market.
  • Research into trade and investment trends, new opportunities across France; and prioritised industries and sectors.
  • Planning and delivery of commercial events linked to the Europe Regional Trade Plan and established France Prosperity campaigns.

  • Excellent French and English language skills (written and spoken) are required (both languages will be assessed in the interview).
  • Interns will work in both languages.
  • Great IT skills also necessary.

Previous commercial experience could be useful.

Good project management, including an eye for detail, to ensure that all aspects of service delivery have been thought through carefully.

Customer focus: a concern for quality and drive for continuous improvement in the service provided.

Excellent communication skills to work well with commercial clients, external contacts and a wide and diverse Embassy team.

Drive and enthusiasm combined with the ability to deliver, working as part of a team.

Resourcefulness and ability to act on own initiative, with an ability to find creative solutions when the unexpected occurs.

Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
26 June 2019
Full-time, Temporary
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Embassy
1000€ gross
1 April 2019

These are full-time and temporary internship positions of 6 months. Running from April-September 2019 and from October 2019-March 2020.

At the begining of your internship you should be able to provide with convention de stage provided by your university/higher education establishment and liability Insurance to cover your period of internship at the British Embassy.

All appointments are subject to professional background check satisfactory security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to provide a copy of his/her passport or national identity card for all nationalities held, an up-to-date criminal record (casier judiciaire) for recent countries of residence (which can be obtained online at, two written proofs of address (utility invoices and/or bank statements) and two references.

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in France are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local French employment law and FCO guidance for Local Staff. The posts we offer are not an entry point into the UK’s Diplomatic Service.

Your application will only be considered if you follow the guidance below:

  • Your application must be sent in English only.
  • Your application must clearly indicate all nationalities you hold.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.