View Vacancy - Intern, British High Commission - St. John's

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Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Policy & Political roles)

Main purpose of Internship:

This is an internship based on 25 hours per week for which a stipend of XCD1554 per month will paid to cover expenses.  The focus is on ensuring the successful intern gains a good understanding of the work of a small British diplomatic mission and how we operate in Antigua and Barbuda.  Under the supervision of our Political and Projects Officer and our Office Manager, you will gain valueable experience observing frontline diplomacy in action, but also what it takes to ensure smooth running of the mission.  

What will the intern be expected to achieve?:

·       Demonstrating energy and enthusiasm towards each learning and development opportunity as assigned by the Political/Projects Officer and Office Manager.

Resources managed:


Language requirements: 

Language: English

Level of language required: fluent

Other skills / experience / qualifications:

We are a small diplomatic mission where personal impact is extremely important.  The successful intern must be flexible, pragmatic, and prepared to come to our office each day with enthusiam and energy.


A passion for international relations, and a strong interest in British, and Antigua and Barbuda politics, economics, and society. 

A real desire to learn


An interest in Antigua and Barbuda media.

Seeing the Big Picture, Changing and Improving, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together, Developing Self and Others
17 August 2022
Temporary, Intern
Americas, Caribbean & Overseas Territories
Antigua & Barbuda
St. Johns
British High Commission
XCD 1554 Monthly Stipend
26 September 2022

Learning and development opportunities:

This internship is designed to be an immersive learning and development opportunity for the successful person.  You will be able to shadow most of the staff in our small mission, gaining a real understanding of the demands of diplomatic life and also running a British diplomatic mission.

BHC St John’s is part of a network of five British missions in the Eastern Caribbean, with its High Commissioner based in Barbados.  There will be opportunities to virtually meet and learn from our staff carrying out the spectrum of UK Government objectives across our region during this internship.

Working patterns:  

The internship will be for no more than 25 hours per week: we are happy to agree with the successful candidate when these are, provided they are within our mission’s standard working hours (0745-1600hrs Monday to Thursday and 0800-1300hrs Friday). The internship will last between three and six months, subject to approval by the Resident British Commissioner. 

Additional Information: 

The UK expanded its diplomatic network with twelve new missions in 2019, which included opening our High Commission near St John’s.  This is an exciting opportunity to learn from our small team which is working to have a real impact on UK/Antigua and Barbuda relations.   We are a busy and energetic team and need an intern with a “can do” and flexible attitude towards their learning and development.  The successful intern will have a thirst for knowledge, specifically understanding the UK’s relationship with Antigua and Barbuda.

The FCDO and our overseas network is recognised as a good organisation to work or intern for and we have a strong learning and development and organisational culture.  We treat people with respect and equality and have a policy of zero tolerance for any form of discrimination, bullying, or harassment. 

Applications will only be accepted by citizens or residents of Antigua and Barbuda.

The appointment is subject to successful passing of reference and security checks.

A small stipend to cover any travel and lunch expenses will be made available. No accommodation costs or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this internship.

Please note that: any questions you may have about this internship will only be answered during interview, incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted (consider your application unsuccessful if you have not heard from us three weeks after the closing date)

Interviews will be held the week of 29 August.

The British High Commission is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on grounds of ethnic origin, race, religious beliefs, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.