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Working for British Consulate-General Houston

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

Political and Communications Spring 2014 Intern

Background:

The British Consulate in Houston is seeking an intern to join our Political & Communications team. The internship opportunity is being offered for the spring 2014 semester, beginning in January.

The UK/US relationship is the single most important bilateral relationship to the UK. It encompasses exceptionally close political, diplomatic, cultural, economic, military and personal relations between our two countries. The UK is the number one foreign investor in the US and likewise the US is the number one investor in the UK. Around one million Americans rely on British Companies for employment. The Consulate in Houston leads British efforts to engage with political, business and academic leadership in its region covering Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma.

The Political & Communications Intern will support the Consulate staff in its efforts to promote the interests of Britain in the Southern region and in building relationships on behalf of the UK with decision-makers and opinion-formers around the region who matter most now and those who will matter in the future through personal and online outreach. The Houston Political and Communications team is part of a network of similar teams in our offices around the US working to a shared strategy led by the Embassy; as well as fulfilling the local requirements of the Consulate-General.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • update and maintain media and contact lists
  • support outreach efforts to promote the Marshall Scholarship
  • help with the coordination of Residence and Consulate events
  • support social media efforts via platforms like Facebook and Twitter
  • 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). Since this is an unpaid internship, students receiving college credit in exchange for their internships are preferred.
  • conveys a professional tone via phone and email
  • familiarity with Microsoft Office applications;
  • experience with social media including Facebook and Twitter;
  • reliable, capable under pressure, an excellent communicator orally and in writing;
  • able to demonstrate a track record of taking the initiative and problem solving
  • able to demonstrate an interest and understanding of politics and international relations

This program offers internships a minimum of 12 hours per week. This is an unpaid internship, 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 Authorization 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 by 12 December 2013 to Vacancies.Houston@fco.gov.uk. Please note in the subject line of your email “Political and Communications Intern”. Please identify on your cover letter whether you are currently eligible to work at the Consulate. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Interviews will take place at the Houston Consulate the week of 16 December.

For more information on our work, please go to website: www.ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/science

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         
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