View Vacancy - Department for International Trade Spring Internship 2018

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.
Department for International Trade roles
Department for International Trade (DIT)

An educational opportunity to learn from a team focused on fostering transatlantic business relations between the US and its top economic partner in Europe. Applications are invited for a part-time internship at the British Consulate-General, Chicago. A $100/month stipend is provided for transportation.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the British Government's international economic development agency. DIT is charged with transatlantic trade development between the US and the UK and with assisting American companies looking to invest in the UK (please see here).

Main Functions:

• Being a member of a team that helps UK companies with the development of their US market entry strategy and supports UK companies already active in the US;
• Observing Trade and Investment Officers and Associates who help US companies looking to expand in the UK and support US companies already active in the UK;
• Shadowing DIT staff while they work on the following projects: organizing trade missions, compiling visit programs for diplomats, planning company meetings, facilitating introductions and producing and managing networking events;
• Attending DIT office meetings, receptions, conferences, and other events;
• Having the opportunity to meet and speak to high level UK and US company representatives and public officials;
• Learning about how DIT works across the following sectors: Advanced Engineering, Energy & Environment, Financial Services, Information Communication Technologies, Life Sciences, and Food, Drink & Retail;

  • 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.
  • Interest in the UK and US business environment;
  • An understanding of both private and public sector operations;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Good team member attitude;
  • Motivated individual who enjoys professional networking.

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
17 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 17 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.

Please be aware that you will only be able to apply to vacancies for Local Staff roles with the British Government through this official site (operated by Oleeo). Jobs may be advertised on third party websites, however our adverts will always link back to the official site. If you complete and send an application through any other site, we will not receive it.

This opportunity is closed to applications.