The British Embassy to the Holy See is is offering a six-month curricula internship, starting around 20 March 2022.
The British Embassy to the Holy See is a small but highly active embassy. We are a friendly team and place a high priority on supporting all of our staff, including interns, with their professional development goals through, for example, webinars, work-shadowing, etc. as appropriate. This is a unique opportunity to gain insight into many different aspects of an embassy’s work, from events planning and administration to policy research and reporting, working under the direction of the Deputy Ambassador.
We are looking for a professional, motivated and organised individual with a strong attention to detail and a good knowledge of international politics. We are proud to serve the UK’s interests by working with the Vatican on some of the major issues the world faces today. These include climate change, Covid-19, modern slavery, violence against women and girls, and freedom of religion and belief.
Your work will include daily monitoring and reporting on such issues to the Ambassador and Deputy, as well as contributing to the embassy’s political work by conducting research, for example. You will also assist with other projects, such as support with translations, as required.
You will also support the Ambassador’s Private Office in delivering a high-quality service through administrative tasks, such as managing the embassy inbox. Social events, big or small, are integral to meeting our diplomatic objectives. As our intern, you will support the Social Secretary with events, from lunches and receptions to our major annual event, the Queen’s Birthday Party (National Day celebrations), including logistics and welcoming guests.
The British Embassy to the Holy See is part of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office’s worldwide network representing British interests overseas. We collaborate with several Whitehall departments including the Cabinet Office, Home Office and UK Parliament. We work closely with a wide range of Holy See Dicasteries (ministries), Councils, Commissions, and Secretariats, as well as the Pontifical colleges and universities and the religious orders and NGOs.
Daily press summaries; policy research as needed; translations and summaries of media articles from Italian to English; translations as required, including letters, menus and event programmes;
Assist the Ambassador’s Private Secretary in handling invitations and replies;
Assist the Social Secretary with embassy events, including lunches/receptions (including sending invitations and updating guest lists); contribute to high-level events such as the Queen’s Birthday Party (National Day celebrations), including logistics and welcoming guests;
Administration: update the embassy contacts database and diaries; assist with ad hoc tasks e.g. gift register.
Required experience and skills
Fluent spoken and written English and Italian;
IT and analytical skills;
Organisational and interpersonal skills;
Ability to prioritise work;
Drive to learn and develop;
Ability to work as part of a highly dynamic team;
Interest in learning about the UK, the Holy See and the work of an embassy.
Terms and Conditions
The ‘tirocinio curriculare’ is intended for undergraduate students only or recently graduated students still registered with a local university to complete their education/studies.
The candidate will have to go through a selection process by way of an interview, both written and oral. Only applicants who will be registered students with the university for the
duration of the internship are eligible to apply.
Other administrative details are set out in the university ‘progetto formativo’ to be signed once appointed to the internship. Confirmation of the internship is subject to security clearance.
The internship is not a work contract and as such is not paid. However the Embassy will pay the intern a monthly allowance of €350 per month. This amount is not subject to tax under current local legislation. The intern would be expected to work an average of 30 hours per week, Monday to Friday, within the range of 9.00 am – 5pm. Some degree of flexibility is expected, mostly in case of seminars and events. Flexibility is ensured by the embassy to accommodate the intern’s need in case of university exams or personal reasons.
Applicants should send a CV and covering letter, setting out their motivation for applying and what they can bring to the role, in English.
Applications without a covering letter will not be considered.
Si informa inoltre che nel CV deve essere chiaramente indicata l’autorizzazione al trattamento dei dati personali ai sensi del Regolamento (UE) 2016/679 in materia di protezione dei dati personali GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), in assenza della quale le candidature non saranno prese in considerazione.
L’ufficio Stage e Placement informa inoltre che i dati saranno oggetto di trattamento nel rispetto dei principi di liceità e correttezza dettati dal suddetto GDPR. Con l’invio del proprio CV si autorizza lo stesso ufficio alla trasmissione all’azienda/ente indicata/o nel riferimento.
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