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.

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

Qualifications and skills

Applications are welcome from students studying Economics and International Affairs.

We are looking for individuals who:

  • are proficient with Microsoft Office products, including Outlook, Word and Excel
  • have strong writing and research and analysis skills
  • are literate in the use of digital engagement tools in a professional environment, including Twitter, Flickr and Facebook
  • is a resourceful asset in a professional office environment
  • can represent the UK effectively in an international environment
  • is a UK Citizen
  • a strong working knowledge of – and interest in – the political landscape and leadership of the United States is desirable.
  • can work 40 hours per week.  8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

How to apply

Fill out the application form using our online application form available on Formstack. The application from can be found using the following link: Global Challenge application form.

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Application period: Monday 27 April to Sunday 10 May 2015

Before you apply

Practice your answers

We ask you to answer several essay-style questions. You can prepare answers in advance using our essay question planner (Word - 15KB).

Think about your budget

You will need to provide a detailed budget for your internship. We are looking for realistic, well-thought out budgets supported by good evidence. Use our budget guidelines and planner (Word - 14KB)to prepare a good budget.

Prepare documents and evidence

You will be asked to submit several documents and pieces of evidence as part of your application. You should make sure you have these ready before you begin applying. Please read through the Global Challenge application guidance notes (PDF - 326KB).

Documents include:

  1. Your CV: You will need to submit your CV with your application. Feel free to look at our guidance on CVs or to book a session with a CV adviser.
  2. Budget Evidence: As part of your application you will be asked to show us how much money you need from us and for what purpose. You should back up your application with evidence, which you can provide as screenshots or online documents.

Application form

When you have prepared your answers, apply using the online application form.

Application deadline

Applications will close at 23.59 on Sunday 10 May 2015.

Problems providing evidence with application

If you have problems providing the required documents and evidence as part of your online application form, you can submit them in person or by email, as long as they reach us by the application deadline. Please mark these for the attention of Hassana Ahmed, H.Ahmed@bham.ac.uk, Enterprise Lead. 

The recruitment Timeline and internship commencement:

  • Application period: Monday 27 April to Sunday 10 May 2015
  • Shortlisting and interview period: week commencing 11-23 May 2015
  • Offer period between 26-29 May 2015
  • Internship period: 28 July 2015 for 8 weeks.