British Consulate - General internship in Chicago

About the internship

The British Consulate-General in Chicago represents the UK government in 14 states across the upper Midwest of the United States: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The Consulate-General deals with a wide range of political, commercial, security and economic questions of interest to the UK and this region of the United States.

The Consulate General provides consular assistance to British nationals in all af the above states except Denver.

About the internship

The eight week internship will involve the student in a broad range of duties covering UK Government priorities in the Midwest region of the US.  The successful applicant will be working to the Deputy Consul General, providing support to teams across the Consulate helping take forward the UK’s prosperity agenda, Policy & Communications interests, Education, Science & Innovation work and Consular assistance to British Nationals.  The student will also be expected to complete one visit programme across the Midwest, accompanying the Deputy Consul General.

Key responsibilities

  • Produce high quality reports/papers covering issues in the Midwest region that are of interest to key stakeholders, and that will further the policy debate in DC and London
  • Contribute to the work of different teams across the Consulate
  • Advance the relationship between Midwestern academic institutions and their British counterparts
  • Support representational work that will promote British interests across the Midwest
  • Provide support to the Consulate-General’s digital communications platforms
  • Coordinate any outgoing visits to the Midwestern US by the Consul General or Deputy Consul General, or inward visits from senior members of the UK Government

Date, length and working hours

8 weeks from July 2016-September 2016. Working hours: 40 hours per week. 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

Person requirements


  • be proficient with Microsoft Office products, including Outlook, Word and Excel;
  • have strong writing and research and analysis skills;
  • be literate in the use of digital engagement tools in a professional environment, including Twitter, Flickr and Facebook;
  • be a resourceful asset in a professional office environment;
  • be able to represent the UK effectively in an international environment
  • be a UK Citizen


  • a strong working knowledge of – and interest in – the political landscape and leadership of the United States;


Students studying public diplomacy, economics, media relations or PR, journalism, or international affairs preferred

Application deadline - 8 May 2016