Tuesday, October 29, 2019

US Defence Policy Internship with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Position description

This internship offers the opportunity to work with the British Embassy, Washington’s Defence Policy team as part of the Foreign & Security Policy Group (FSPG).  The successful applicant will conduct research in support of FSPG’s strategic and policy work, providing analysis to the defence policy team 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 work on a substantive policy project centred on Defence policy influencers in D.C.  

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 is the primary interface between UK and US foreign and security policy world-wide.  Within FSPG, the defence policy team report developments in the US approach to current operations in the Middle East, deterrence, innovation, personnel issues, and bilateral cooperation.   

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Monitor upcoming congressional hearings and think tank events and identify which ones are relevant to defence;  
  • Take the lead on a self-driven Regional project, identifying relevant think tank and congressional events in order to prepare a paper; 
  • Attend and provide feedback on relevant congressional hearings and think tank events;  
  • Conduct research for FSPG and Defence Counsellors in support of policy and strategic work;  
  • Contribute to planning, preparing, and delivering of at least one public or private diplomatic event; 
  • Due to the fast-paced, unpredictable nature of foreign affairs, the successful applicant will be willing to assist FSPG at short notice on other priority issues and initiatives as they arise. 


  • 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 must receive college credit. [Check with your department or college to determine if this internship qualifies for their course.]
  • 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.
Apply on this British government webpage: https://fco.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-1/brand-2/xf-6a1c05828ac8/candidate/so/pm/4/pl/1/opp/10723-US-Defence-Policy-Intern-Washington-DC by November 11.