British Council Internship Scheme

Applications for our 2015 intake are now closed.

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British Council Summer Internship Scheme

Every summer we like to inject some fresh thinking into our UK offices with between 10 and 12 internships. If you’d like to be one of them, then here’s where to look.

What's it all about?

Since we were set up in 1934 the British Council has developed thousands of partnerships with over 100 countries all over the world. It’s a job we take tremendous pride in, but none of it would be possible without the hard work of our team in the UK.

If you are keen to learn more about working for a global charity and to make a real difference over the summer then this opportunity is definitely for you.

Every summer we look to bring fresh ideas to the organisation by taking on between 10 and 12 interns for a 12-week period over the summer holidays. We get new talent and creativity, plus an insight into how we can deliver the best opportunities to young people; you get to learn new skills while on a paid internship and make some useful contacts for the future. Everyone wins.

What does it involve?

As an intern you’ll have a fantastic opportunity to step into the world of cultural relations with an organisation that values diversity and innovation. You’ll join one of the teams in one of our UK offices, and work with a dedicated line manager on live projects to really add value to our organisation and international work.

You will also take part in a group project, where you will be able to apply your project management and team working skills as well as receiving career advice and training that provide you with real direction and perspective to take away with you on completion of the programme.! The whole process is designed to be as eye-opening for us, as it is for you.

 What positions are available?

Applications for our 2015 intake are now closed. To give you an idea of the opportunities we offer, our 2015 scheme was made up of the following positions:

Where, when and how much?

All summer internships  are in our UK offices in either London or Manchester between mid June and early September  During that time you’ll need to be in the office from nine to five, Monday to Friday, and you will be paid a salary of £15,000 pro rata.

Can I apply?

We like to make sure we get the best possible talent, so there are a few requirements for applying. You must:

  • You must currently be a student, in at least your second year at University, and on target for a 2:1 in any degree discipline, or you may also have graduated from your Bachelor’s degree in 2014 achieving a 2:1 or above. 
  • You must hold at least a grade C or equivalent in Maths and English at GCSE 
  • You must have the right to work in the UK without restriction for the duration of the programme
  • You must be available for the whole 12-week period without taking time for holiday. 
  • You must be available on all of the following dates for a half day assessment centre in mid April

When’s the deadline?

The deadline for applications for our 2015 intake is now closed.  Each year, all positions follow the same application process:

  • Stage 1 – written application via our jobs portal
  • Stage 2 – video interview in March
  • Stage 3 – half-day assessment in April at our central London offices. 

If you’ve any further questions about our UK internships then you can find a useful FAQs guide on our jobs page or contact our UK recruitment team at


The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.

What they say

“I have always been interested in cultural relations, so was attracted by the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the British Council and how such a large organisation works across the world. The British Council also has a great reputation, so a big draw was the chance to put that on my CV and be able to talk about the experience in future job interviews.”

– Sarah Giles, Corporate Communications Intern 2014