07JUL – Foreign Policy Intern, British Embassy, Washington’s Foreign & Security Policy Group – Deadline: 22JUL


Organization Description

The British Embassy, Washington D.C., and the UK’s network of Consulates-General in the US, develop and sustain the important and longstanding relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States.  The Embassy’s Foreign & Security Policy Group (FSPG) is the primary interface between UK and US foreign and security policy world-wide.  Its members report on US policy development, and liaise between the UK and US governments, on Middle Eastern, African, Latin American, European and Asian affairs; and on transnational issues such as cyber security, sanctions, counter-proliferation, international development and counter-terrorism.



3100 Massachusetts Ave NW

Washington, DC 20008


Job Description

This internship offers the opportunity to work for the British Embassy, Washington’s Foreign & Security Policy Group (FSPG).  The successful applicant will conduct research in support of FSPG’s strategic and policy work, providing analysis to FSPG’s Political Counsellors and the wider embassy.  Beyond this, the position will offer a wide-ranging insight into embassy’s work.  A high-performing candidate will have opportunities to provide policy and administrative support to FSPG across a range of foreign policy issues.  The successful applicant will also assist in delivering at least one event, project or internal initiative run by FSPG.

This program offers internships from 15-25 hours per week. The start date of this internship will be 16 September 2015 to 4 December 2015. 

These are unpaid internships, for college credit only, but the Embassy does provide a stipend of $100 per month for transportation costs.


Job Responsibilities

  • Write at least one research paper on the US’ engagement with emerging global powers;
  • Conduct research for FSPG’s Political Counsellors in support of policy and strategic work;
  • Assist with embassy preparations in support of two major summits in London: the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, and the NATO Summit.
  • Assist in the planning, preparation and delivery of at least one public or private FSPG diplomatic event;
  • Assist FSPG’s public diplomacy officers and the embassy’s Communications Group in communicating FSPG’s work: both externally, to the American public, and internally within the wider Foreign & Commonwealth Office;
  • Attend and report upon foreign policy seminars at think-tanks and universities in Washington, and relevant Congressional hearings;
  • Other duties as assigned.


Job Requirements

  • Must be a junior or a senior in an undergraduate program, or enrolled in a graduate program by the start date of your internship (least 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework completed). Since this is an unpaid internship, students receiving college credit in exchange for their internships are preferred;
  • Proven record in efficient, effective assimilation into unfamiliar working environments;
  • Skilled in team-working, strong written and oral communication abilities, fluency in the English language, and highly-organised;
  • Interest in, and some familiarity with, foreign policy issues.  (Applicants do not need to have completed, nor be enrolled in, an international relations-related programme.)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software.


How to Apply

Apply online at http://bit.ly/1Uyh2l6. Resume and a cover letter should be submitted by 22 July 2015. Please identify on your letter whether you are currently eligible to work at the Consulate.

Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders, A or J1 Visa holders with valid Work Authorization Document. If you hold a Visa other than an A or J1 Visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy.  All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.  



July 22, 2015