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Consualte General - New York - Winter Internship 2018-2019

Australian Consulate General – New York Winter Internship Programme

The Australian Consulate General in New York is offering two internship positions. One to commence immediately and the other to commence no later than early February 2019. Each are for a 3 month duration.

 

The Internship

The Australian Consulate General in New York is one of seven posts representing Australia’s interests in United States across the Government, business, military, economic and cultural sectors. The work of the Australian Consulate General in New York is intense and diverse, requiring flexibility, analytical thinking and a firm understanding of the business and political environment. The environment is complex and demanding but the work is highly rewarding for the right people.

 

The Consulate is offering two internships; an Economic and Political intern and a Major Project intern.

 

Economic and Political intern

Working under the guidance of the Director Public Diplomacy, the intern will have the opportunity to prepare a major written research report and associated materials, including public speaking notes outlining the current political and economic outlook of the New York Consulate-General’s consular jurisdiction.

In addition the intern will be expected to supplement this report with regular United States business and economic reporting and domestic political situational reporting.

Interns may be expected to represent the Australian Government in a formal capacity and in an international environment, therefore social and cultural maturities, as well as being a clear communicator, are essential qualities.

The intern will be given other training and development opportunities as they arise.

 

Major Project intern

Working under the guidance of the Director Public Diplomacy, the intern will have the opportunity to deliver a series of major events all scheduled for late April 2019. With three distinct but inter-related major events on the same day in a project that involves the Consulate’s top level business, military and community contacts.

The interns will also assist with stand-alone events and high-level functions associated with the Consulate’s public diplomacy activities and representational events.

Interns may be expected to represent the Australian Government in a formal capacity and in an international environment, therefore social and cultural maturities, as well as being a clear communicator, are essential qualities.

The intern will be given other training and development opportunities as they arise.

 

The Australian Consulate General in New York

During the period of internship, the interns should expect to attend several formal and informal meetings each day both independently and with the Consul-General or Consulate-General team.

Interns should be prepared for a busy schedule and working days that will often extend beyond normal working hours. They will be required to clearly communicate all activities associated with their projects and work within a team.

 

Key Selection Criteria

The Key Selection Criteria for the Australian Consulate General Internship programme are as follows:

•     Relevant qualifications and/or experience – with preference given to those who have undertaken studies in the areas of business, politics, public policy, economics, or finance (Economic and Political intern) or in project management, liberal arts, cultural or creative sectors (Major Project intern)

•     Clear communication and strong interpersonal skills;

•     Ability to operate effectively in a team, contributing positively to team operations and working relationships;

•     Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills;

•     Proven ability to handle high pressure environments, demonstrating initiative and flexibility; and

•     Desirable: Prior exposure to, or demonstrated knowledge of, the US business, financial and economic environment and/or understanding of the government and political structures in the US.

 

Our internship training

The first week of the Australian Consulate General internship programme will include briefings and training on the operations of the Australian Consulate-General in New York. Interns will learn first-hand the work of the Australian Government abroad including through public and economic diplomacy initiatives.

Over the course of the programme, interns will develop their skills in reporting on business, economic, and financial trends, establishing and maintaining key contacts in New York, and will develop an understanding of how Governments engage with business. Interns will develop communication, team work and planning skills in conceptualising and executing major projects.

Conduct and Ethics

The Australian Consulate General demands the highest standards of professional conduct from its employees. Ethical conduct by staff and interns contributes significantly to the efficiency and effectiveness of the workplace and to the standing of the Australian Consulate General in New York, Australia, and internationally.

In agreeing to participate in the Australian Consulate General Internship Programme and undertake duties as directed, interns are required to comply with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Locally Engaged Staff Code of Conduct, which takes account of the particular significance of the department’s representational role outside of Australia. They should be ready to accept direction and guidance from Consulate officers.

Funding Assistance

Interns receive a monthly stipend of USD $1,400 to assist with living expenses in New York City. Please note that this is not a salary and it does not constitute an employee/employer relationship.

Interns are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and health insurance arrangements.

 

Obligatory requirements

To be an eligible applicant, you must:

  • be either a United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) or hold a dependant visa with current Employment Authorisation
  • be located or available to re-locate to New York for the complete duration of the three month programme;
  • be willing to undergo a mandatory police check to achieve a baseline security clearance.

 

How to apply

To apply, please submit:

  • A one-page covering letter indicating areas of interest including;
  • Responses to the key Selection Criteria detailed above – limit each criterion to 150 words;
  • A CV of no more than two pages; and
  • Names and contact details of two referees (written references are not required).

Please note that responses over the word limits will not be considered.

 

Applications for the Australian Consulate General Internship Programme will close at 5 pm local time (US - EST), Monday 26 November 2018.

 

Please send applications and any queries to: Recruitment.NewYork@dfat.gov.au