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Internship Opportunities in the Public Diplomacy Section

Would you like to help us communicate U.S. foreign policy, history and culture to our Danish audiences? Do you want to be part of the biggest Public Diplomacy family in the world?

If your answer to these questions is ‘yes’, you should apply for a Public Diplomacy Internship at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen.

Who We Are

The Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) at the U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen connects with all aspects of the Danish public. We communicate U.S. foreign policy, culture, and history through many different channels and to many different audiences. We work with the Ambassador to develop a plan to engage the Danish media, we promote visits of U.S. officials and experts in the Danish media, we bring U.S experts to speak at universities, we educate future Danish leaders about the U.S., we bring U.S. artists to Denmark to perform and inform about U.S. culture, and all this, we communicate through various media platforms.

Who You Are

You are a resourceful and innovative university student with at least two years of studies behind you, a keen interest in international relations and a good understanding of the importance of communication in international relations. You study:

  • American Studies
  • Social / Political Science
  • Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Film and Media Science
  • English
  • or similar

You have an interest in communicating U.S. values and policies to a Danish audience. You believe that information and knowledge are vital when forming an opinion about an issue and you want to help make sure Danes have access to the most factual and complete knowledge about the U.S. You have an interest in telling America’s story and helping maintain the good and unique relationship that the U.S. and Denmark have enjoyed since 1801. You have substantial knowledge about Danish and American societies and values, and the ability to explain American society to Danes.

Our work environment is constantly evolving, and job tasks vary greatly from day to day. Therefore, you need to be able to handle many tasks simultaneously and have a keen sense of priority. You have excellent interpersonal skills and can communicate with 5th graders as well as high-level officials and diplomats in English and Danish, both verbally and in writing.

Experience with web editing as well as video and photo editing (Photoshop and Final Cut) is an advantage. Creative minds are welcome!
Needless to say, your writing abilities in Danish, as well as English, are impeccable. You are familiar with using MS Office software and social media platforms, and you are able to exercise judgment when writing texts.

Job tasks

You will work with all aspects of what we do in PAS and you will be included in many different PAS events and projects. The majority of your work will be assisting the Public Affairs Section’s Information, Research and Communication (IRC) Director in communicating what PAS and the Embassy as a whole are doing. You will do this through tasks such as, but not limited to:

  • Writing material and producing videos for the embassy’s Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, LinkedIn, and Instagram accounts and sharing this material.
  • Coming up with concepts and ideas to communicate U.S. foreign policy priorities to Danish audiences.
  • Help evaluate current digital outreach strategies and concepts.
  • Planning and managing projects and embassy events
  • Communicating the U.S. to Danish primary, secondary, and high school students via our youth outreach website “USA i skolen.“
  • News and Social Media Monitoring
  • Translating
  • Website editing
  • Ad hoc communication tasks

You will interact with all sections of the embassy and participate in embassy events with outside contacts.

If you have questions about the internship, feel free to contact the Public Diplomacy Section via email CopenhagenQuestions@State.gov.

Timeframe and Terms

The internship duration is up to six months. We are looking for two or three full time (40 hours/week – 08.30-17.00) interns. If you are only able to work part-time, we can discuss reduced hours. The internship begins in September/February and lasts up to six months with a minimum of four months.

The internship is unpaid.

Relevance to the Student

The internship will be constructed to accommodate special requirements from the student’s school. The goal of the internship is to give the student insights into the workings of a U.S. mission, American foreign policy, history, and culture, Public Diplomacy, as well as a general introduction into working in an international environment.