British Consulate-General internship in Chicago

About the internship

The British Consulate-General in Chicago represents the UK government in 13 states across the upper Midwest of the United States. 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: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The six 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.

Duties and 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

The Consulate General is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Students with additional needs are strongly encouraged to speak with the Chicago Corporate Services Manager, Isobel O’Brien.

Internship details

The internship will last for six weeks, from 28 July 2014 to 8 September 2014; proposed working hours are forty hours per week, 8.30 to 17.00, Monday to Friday.

Person specification

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

Essential knowledge and skills

  • 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

Desirable knowledge and skills

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

Further details about the British Consulate-General can be found on their website. This internship is only available to UK nationals for security reasons.

How to apply