DESCRIPTION OF HOST ORGANIZATION:
The Canadian Embassy to Argentina and Paraguay, located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, falls under the Department of Global Affairs. The Embassy manages Canada’s diplomatic and consular relations with Argentina and Paraguay, and encourages the country’s international trade with these two countries of accreditation. Through this internship, the intern will acquire an in-depth understanding of the functioning of an Embassy and how Canada’s foreign policy is implemented from abroad. Candidates are expected to work well in a team in an environment where tasks and priorities may change rapidly.
- Language proficiency in English or French is required as well as a good command of the Spanish language.
- Proficiency in both English and French is considered an asset. Interns must possess strong research, writing and analytical skills, and relevant experience on Latin American issues is also considered an asset
Interns will be required to:
- Work under the direction of their immediate supervisor unless otherwise directed;
- Complete all assignments and produce quality work;
- Be presentable and exhibit a professional attitude at all times;
- Perform general office duties such as drafting routine correspondence for officer’s signature, filing, photocopying and answering phones (these tasks occupy a small amount of time in comparison to other responsibilities);
SCOPE OF WORK: Embassy work hours are: Monday to Thursday 08:30-12:30 and 13:30-17:30; Fridays 08:30-14:00. The length of the internship is four months and priority will be given to students willing to commit to that period of time. Internships are offered for January-April; May-August and September-December.
DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES OF INTERN:
Junior Political Analyst: The intern is responsible for tracking, synthesizing and analyzing information and preparing reports or briefing materials on key domestic issues and development affecting Canada’s relations with Argentina and Paraguay. The duties assigned to the intern will include the following areas of focus: political developments of interest to Canada in both Argentina and Paraguay, the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, civil society outreach, assisting with incoming and outgoing visits, Embassy events and other tasks as required.
Junior Analyst, Public Affairs: Working closely with officers and assistants in the public affairs section at the Embassy, the intern assists with the planning, coordination and production of cultural and public events; helps advance the Embassy’s education file; and works on the creation of content for the Embassy website and social media pages as well as other communications tools. The intern may also be asked to assist with the production of press scans, reports, briefing materials and other duties, as required.
Junior Commercial Analyst: The intern works in the Embassy’s commercial section with Trade Commissioners and Assistant Trade Commissioners on a variety of projects. The duties assigned could include the following areas of focus: corporate social responsibility, Canadian investment in Argentina and Paraguay, trade policy, foreign direct investment in Canada, education and bilateral trade in general. The intern performs research, produces information documents and companies’ profiles, develops content for social media and helps with the planning and coordination of events sponsored by the Embassy and by the Argentine-Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
The Intern is responsible for ensuring coverage by a national health plan in the country of the internship or by an adequate private insurance policy, before beginning. The insurance must cover the Intern for the entire duration of the internship including travel time to and from Argentina.
Internships are offered on a non-remunerative basis. The program is open to students at colleges and universities in Canada who are pursuing full-time studies at the academic institution in which they are presently enrolled. Students must be enrolled in a Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC)-approved cooperative or internship program. For a list of PSC-approved programs click here: https://www5.psc-cfp.gc.ca/coop/ Only candidates with Canadian citizenship will be considered.
Students should submit a copy of their curriculum vitae, a letter of interest which clearly states their goals and interests in serving as an intern at the Embassy of Canada to Argentina and Paraguay, as well as the contact information of two recent work references and two writing samples (e.g. essay, article, academic paper, etc.).
Applications should be sent to BAIRSGR@international.gc.ca, with the word “internship” in the subject field. Applicants must clearly indicate the PSC-approved program in which they are enrolled.
Only complete applications will be considered.
Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted by the Embassy in the weeks following the application deadline.
May 31, 2017 – for the September 5 to December 22, 2017 internship
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: BAIRSGR@international.gc.ca
If you would like more information on how you could apply for this position as a CBU Co-op Option and earn 3 credits toward your degree, please contact CBU Student Placement Officer Carly Turnbull: firstname.lastname@example.org