British Council Internship Scheme

Applications for our 2016 intake will be opening in January

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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 are keen to learn more then read on.

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 teams 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.

Each year 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 kick start a career in cultural relations. 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 international projects that really add value to our organisation.

You will also take part in a group project with your fellow interns. Here you will be able to build 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.

 What positions are available?

Applications for our 2015 intake are now closed. Last year, we had positions across a wide variety of our business units and corporate functions inclusive of our Music, Policy and External Relations teams and many more! You will be assigned a department that we feel meets your experiences, personality and ambitions once you have joined the organisation but will have the opportunity to learn about all of our work across a number of areas and functions.

Where, when and how much?

All summer internships  are in our UK offices 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 2015 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 for a half day assessment centre on any date W/C 14 March 2016.

When’s the deadline?

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

  • Stage 1 – written application via our jobs portal for the scheme
  • Stage 2 – video interview in late February
  • Stage 3 – half-day assessment in Mid-March at our central London offices. 

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

Please be aware that we receive in excess of 3000 applications for our intern scheme so please ensure you meet the above essential criteria and are available for the full period before applying,

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