Working for British Consulate General Chicago

As part of the team you will play an important role in the continued partnership between the UK and the US.

Working at The British Embassy US Network offers a unique and rewarding opportunity to grow professionally while collaborating with a talented group of individuals. We offer a wide range of opportunities including, but certainly not limited to, Communications and Press, Security, Administrative, Trade & Investment, Finance, Energy, and the Residence.

Our excellent benefits package includes: medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short term disability insurance, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, generous vacation and leave time, and an enriching training package.

The embassy’s employment opportunities page is updated regularly. We encourage you to review our postings below and submit an application following the instructions in the advert. Due to the large number of qualified applicants who apply, we are only able to respond to those candidates who are selected for further consideration.

The British Embassy US Network is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, or other category protected by law.

Eligibility Requirements:

As per US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), employers in the US are required to ensure that all employees have the legal right to work in the US. Under US State Department requirements, the embassy and our consulates may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A visa holders. If you hold a visa other than an A visa, you are not currently eligible to work at the embassy or our consulates. The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) also accepts G visas, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts accept A or NATO visas. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

The British Embassy US Network recognizes that at times extraordinary circumstances merit visa sponsorship. Hiring Managers hold discretion on whether this exception is appropriate for their recruitment. These exceptions include:

  • Unmarried partners and dependent children of UK Based staff posted to the US Network.
  • Positions which require specialized British knowledge or background, especially those with high level security clearances.
  • Positions where a formal recruitment process in the US market has not yielded any successful candidates.
  • Staff already employed by Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) elsewhere in the HMG global network (LE and UKB) looking to apply for positions in the US Network.

In all cases, as A visas are not intended to be used for permanent employment, such appointments will be limited to only one visa period.

If you have additional questions, please direct them to careerquestions@fco.gov.uk.

Current Vacancies:

Policy & Communications Internship

The British Consulate General, Chicago seeks an energetic intern to support the work of the Policy & Communications team, which is responsible for:

  • Monitoring, analyzing and briefing on developments in politics and economics across 13 states of the Midwestern United States
  • Government affairs
  • Public diplomacy
  • Event planning
  • Social media
  • Press
  • Coordination of visits to the Midwest by senior UK Government officials and Ministers

Students studying politics, economics, public relations, journalism, communications or international affairs can gain valuable real-world experience in their fields. The Consulate’s internship program allows students to work in a fast-paced environment at the centre of the crucial UK-US transatlantic relationship.

Minimum Qualifications/Experience:

  • Strong working knowledge of – and interest in – the politics of the Midwestern United States
  • Expert in the use of digital engagement tools – ideally in a professional setting – including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram
  • Exceptional writing skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products, including Outlook, Word and Excel
  • Ability to manage competing deadlines and work both independently and in teams
  • Intuitive research and problem solving skills
  • Experience with photography and Photoshop preferred

Successful candidates will work on a full-time basis for the summer term. While internships are unpaid, the Consulate does provide a stipend of $100 per month for transportation costs.

Eligibility:

In order to be considered for an internship with the British Consulate-General, you should be a senior in an undergraduate program; enrolled in a graduate program by the start date of your internship; or a recent graduate. Under US State Department requirements, the Consulate may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A or J1 Visa holders. If you hold a Visa other than an A or J1 Visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Consulate. All candidates will be subject to security clearances and background checks.

To Apply:

Email your cover letter and resume - in Word or PDF format - noting “PAC Internship” in the subject line to ukinchicago@gmail.com by 21 April 2014. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted after the deadline.

UK Trade and Investment Summer Internship

Background:

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the British Government’s international business development agency. UKTI in the USA has two primary roles. The first is to ensure UK-based businesses are successful in the US market. The second is to assist/advise US companies with a successful market entry/expansion plan into the UK market.

The UKTI team is offering a summer internship opportunity, tentatively from end of May to August 2014.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with lead generation of US firms looking to expand into the UK. This task includes: qualitative research & outreach to potential investment clients.
  • Assist with bespoke research on specific topics such as market developments, best routes to market and potential US business partners for UK companies looking to enter the US market.
  • Working with partner organisations and the UKTI-US network, contributing to trade missions, compiling visit programmes for diplomats, planning company meetings, facilitating introductions and producing and managing networking events.
  • Working across all sector teams (Advanced Engineering, Energy & Environment, Financial Services, ICT and Life Sciences) in order to ensure both trade and investment objectives are identified and realised.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications/Experience:

  • 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). Students receiving college credit in exchange for their internships are preferred
  • Excellent research, analysis, and report-writing skills, particularly the ability to produce good quality outputs across a wide and often unfamiliar industry range
  • A good knowledge of UK and US business cultures
  • The ability to work in a team environment towards shared goals
  • An understanding of both private and public sector operations
  • Good networking and communication skills, proven administrative skills
  • Self-starter, high self-motivation and initiative
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

This program offers internships for up to 40 hours per week during the summer. These are unpaid internships, for college credit only, but the Embassy does provide a stipend of $100 per month for transportation costs.

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 Authorisation 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.

To Apply:

Resume and a cover letter should be submitted in a .doc (Word) file format by 30th April 2014 to chicago.jobs@fco.gov.uk with the subject line of your email “UKTI Internship”. Please identify in your cover letter whether you are currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Interviews will likely be conducted during the week commencing 5th May 2014.

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