View Vacancy - Communications Intern, British High Commission Bridgetown

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

Main purpose of job:

The UK expanded its diplomatic network in 2019, adding twelve new missions across the Commonwealth. This included three British High Commissions in St John’s, St George’s and Kingstown, which joined our pre-existing High Commissions in Bridgetown and Castries. 

The purpose of this internship is to support the communications output of the British High Commission in Bridgetown and its network of offices (four VSEPs) across the Eastern Caribbean. 

The successful candidate will work within the Political and Communication team to help bolster the Network’s digital media presence,  support wider public diplomacy efforts and increase awareness of the UK’s work and priorities regionally.  To do so, you will assist with the management of our central social media channels, create high-impact design and video content, and help to evaluate engagement.

This internship is designed to be an immersive learning and development opportunity for the successful candidate. Under the supervision of our Network Communications Manager you will shadow and learn directly from members of the Political and Communications team.  You will gain a real-world understanding of international development and diplomatic life and the unique intricacies of working within a network structure, observing and contributing to public and development diplomacy in action and learning communications for the Eastern Caribbean. On-the-job training will be provided, and there may be some opportunity to complete other Communications based, or other general training offered by FCDO.

  • Completed Undergraduate Degree, Bachelor’s Degree OR the equivalent in relevant work experience
  • Strong interest in international relations and/or communications – including UK-Caribbean diplomatic relations, news and current affairs
  • Experience managing corporate or other social media channels
  • Moderate graphic design and/or video-editing skills 
  • Writing skills

Language requirements: 

Language: English 

Level of language required: Fluent 

•    A first degree
Communicating and Influencing, Delivering at Pace, Seeing the Big Picture
3 December 2023
Fixed Term
3 months
Americas, Caribbean & Overseas Territories
British High Commission
Stipend: BDS $2698.00 per month
8 January 2023
31 March 2023

The position requires pre-existing legal status to live and work in Barbados and will be subject to satisfactory reference checks and successful receipt of security clearances.

This is a paid internship, for which a monthly stipend of BDS $2698.00 will be made available. No accommodation costs or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this internship. 

This is a full-time internship. Our mission’s standard working hours are (0745 - 1600 hrs Monday to Thursday and 0800 - 1300hrs on Friday). The internship is for three months, with the possibility of extension.

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

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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.

Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary, eg some non-local national staff and some spouses or partners of UK diplomatic staff, will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.

Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful may be placed on a ‘reserve list’.  If during the reserve period of 6-12 months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.