British Council Internship Scheme

Although we promote lots of different internships, our official Summer Internship Programme starts in June each year, offering you a unique opportunity to gain skills and experience with the world's most respected and admired international cultural relations organisation.

We also offer a range of long-term jobs and graduate schemes.  

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.

 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, earn some decent money 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. The whole process is designed to be as eye-opening for us, as it is for you.

 What positions are available?

The exact sectors and departments vary from year to year – last year some of the interns we took on went into Film, Literature, Music, Digital, Education, Business Development, External Relations and Marketing and Communications.

You can apply for as many roles as you like, but please make sure you read the individual criteria for each position carefully and tailor your application for each one.

We’ll post the details of the 2015 positions here when they’re announced, but in the meantime you can keep up-to-date on all available jobs via our newsletter.

Where, when and how much?

All summer internships are in our UK offices between June and September every year. During that time you’ll need to be in the office from nine to five, Monday to Friday, and 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:

  • be a student in your penultimate or final year, or a graduate in the last year
  • be predicted or achieved at least a 2:1
  • have a GCSE grade C or above in Maths and English
  • have the right to work in the UK without restriction
  • be available for the whole 12-week period without holiday. 

When’s the deadline?

The applications for summer 2015 interns aren’t open yet, but we’ll update this page with timings as soon as they are. All positions follow the same application process:

  • Stage 1 – written application to be submitted in March
  • Stage 2 – video interview
  • Stage 3 – half-day assessment in April near 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 Ruth Summers, our Emerging Talent Consultant.

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