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 Boston 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 policy for the UK government. The Science and Innovation Intern will design a policy research programme which they will deliver over the course of the semester. The Boston S&I team is flexible with scheduling if the intern would like to work on an independent policy research project. The Boston S&I team is responsible for maintaining the UK government’s science and innovation interests in the US states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The successful candidate will join a team of two led by the Regional Director for Science & Innovation, East Coast. The Boston 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 93 officers in 35 countries around the world.

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

  • Influence science and innovation policies of governments, industry and academia to benefit the UK
  • Improve UK policy based on international experience and emerging opportunities and challenges
  • Stimulate strategic science collaborations to benefit the UK and deliver wider policy goals
  • Harness international technology partnerships and investment to grow UK


More information on the role and work of the UK Science & Innovation network is available at

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Research and report on the New England “offer” for priority sectors.
  • 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 a junior or a senior in an undergraduate program, preferably in science or international relations, 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.


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
18 January 2018
N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
United States
British Consulate General
$100 per month
5 March 2018
1 June 2018
This program offers internships for 15-25 hours per week during the semester. 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 5 March 2018 and end on 1 June 2018.

Resume and a cover letter should be submitted by 18 January 2018. 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.