The British Embassy in Berne is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas.
We are recruiting a Political Affairs Intern, offering opportunities to an enthusiastic candidate to gain political engagement and reporting skills and develop administrative ones in a diplomatic mission. This is a varied and challenging role as part of an engaged and supportive team. It comes at a promising time for UK-Swiss and UK-Liechtenstein relations, on the back of enhanced cooperation leading up to, and since, the UK’s departure from the EU.
Main responsibilities will include:
- Contribute political analysis by researching, briefing, engaging, lobbying and reporting on a range of foreign policy issues in Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The successful applicant will develop a network of contacts in and beyond government, and be instrumental in realising opportunities presented by the UK Government’s bold foreign, defence, security and development vision for 2030 (the “Integrated Review”);
- Support broader bilateral engagement with Switzerland and Liechtenstein, in particular to increase cooperation under the UK-Swiss Strategic Dialogue process. The Dialogue itself is an annual fixture, setting direction - under headers of foreign policy, prosperity and people-to-people. The successful applicant will also play a key role in the Embassy’s regional engagement, involving research, outreach and the planning of cantonal visits;
- Organise visits of UK Ministers and officials to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. This includes coordinating Embassy inputs, developing programme and briefing content, pursuing outreach and arranging logistics. It requires excellent self-organisation and flexibility - and, at times, resilience and an ability to work fast under pressure;
- General administrative support, including monitoring of media, provision of translations, and maintenance of administrative tracking tools which monitor progress across team work.
Essential qualifications, skills and experience:
- Fluent written and spoken English (minimum level required C1 under the CEFRL or equivalent *);
- Fluent written and spoken German or French (minimum level required C1 for under the CEFRL or equivalent *);
- Accurate, clear and engaging written and oral communication skills;
- Knowledge of Swiss politics and economics;
- Track record of academic achievement;
- Strong research and analytical skills.
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience:
- Office experience;
- Knowledge of international politics;
- Familiarity with Microsoft IT systems.