Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Apply by June 20 for Fall US Defense Capability Internship with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

This internship offers the opportunity to work with the British Embassy, Washington’s Defence Capability Coherence Team (CCT) in the Defence Policy and Nuclear (DPN) area. The successful applicant will conduct research to support UK policy making on future cooperation with the US. The candidate will also follow developments in the topical and important area, such as US Defence Organisational reform, and may have the opportunity to support senior US/UK engagements to progress our current cooperation and future cooperation opportunties with the US. Beyond this, the position will offer a wide-ranging insight into embassy’s work, including in relation to foreign, security, and trade policy.

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 CCT is the primary interface between UK and US on Defence Capability, supporting UK Ministers and Ministry of Defence (MOD) Head Office engage on strategic, cross-cutting and future-focussed capability issues.

  • Conduct research on high priority defence capability areas for the UK to inform options for future UK/US collaboration;
  • Monitor and contribute to reporting on US Defence Organisational reform and other topical issues;
  • Actively participate in team meetings aimed at improving capability coherence within the embassy;
  • Attend and provide feedback on relevant Congressional hearings and Think Thank events;
  • Contribute to planning, preparing, and delivering senior UK/US engagements;
  • Due to the fast-paced, unpredictable nature of defence, the successful applicant will be willing to assist DPN at short notice on other priority issues and initiatives as they arise.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience
  • Must be a junior or senior in an undergraduate program, or enrolled in a graduate program by the start date of your internship (at least 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework completed). Since this is an unpaid internship, students receiving college credit in exchange for their internships is required;
  • 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, defence or foreign policy issues. (Applicants do not need to have completed, nor be enrolled on, an international relations-related programme.)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office software.

Required competencies
Collaborating and Partnering

Application deadline - 20 June 2018

 orking hours per week

N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories

United States

Location (City)

Type of Post
British Embassy

Start Date - year
27 August 2018

End Date - year
14 December 2018

This program offers internships for 15-25 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer. These are unpaid internships, but the Embassy does provide a stipend of $100 per month for transportation costs. This internship will start on 27 August 2018 and end on 14 December 2018.

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.

Additional information
Resume and a cover letter should be submitted by 20 June2018. Please note in your cover letter if you are currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Apply on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.