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2016 cohort of British Council Interns  ©

British Council 

Applications for our 2017 Summer Internship Scheme are closed

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 is a job that 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 organisation, 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 a cohort of interns over the summer. We get to work with 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 to your international career. 

What does it involve?

As an intern, you will have a fantastic opportunity to step into the world of cultural relations with an organisation that values diversity and innovation.

You will join one of our teams in our London or Cardiff office, working 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 direction, perspective and experience to take away with you on completion of the programme. 

What positions are available?

This year, we are looking for candidates with digital skills that hold the creative capability to develop impactful solutions to complex, real world problems for a truly global organisation.

If you are a recent graduate or undergraduate who is passionate about technology and eager to learn in our fast-paced environment then we would love to hear from you. 

This year, we have the following internships: 

Where, when and how much?

All summer internships are in our UK offices between 26 June – 1 September. During that time you’ll need to be in the office from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and you will be paid a salary of £15,500 per annum, pro rata

Can I apply?

Applications are closed for our 2017 scheme.

If we would like to hear more, you will be invited to a short video interview to complete at a time that suits you in early March. If successful at this stage you will then be invited to attend a half day assessment centre at our London offices on either 22 or 24 March. 

We like to make sure we get the best possible talent, so there are a few requirements for applying. Please ensure you check the role profile for the post you are applying for on the jobs portal to ensure you meet its specific criteria. Scheme wide criteria includes: 

  • You must currently be a student, in at least your second year at University, and on target for a 2:1 degree (or equivalent), or you may also have graduated from your Bachelor’s degree in 2016 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 10-week period without taking time for holiday. 
  • You must be available for a half day assessment centre on either the 22 or 24 March 2017.

When’s the deadline?

Applications are closed. 

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.

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