Under the supervision of the Research, Innovation & Trade Attaché responsible for science & innovation, the intern will gain a deeper understanding of science diplomacy and international trade at the subnational scale, while developing their capacity to analyze the Boston business and innovation ecosystem and better understand how to leverage science and innovation as a tool for prosperity. If you are interested in applying, please submit a cover letter and resume to Patricia Gruver at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than April 16, 2018.
- Monitor and analyze science policy at the national and subnational level for briefings and diplomatic reports.
- Participate in networking events and conferences and provide reports of these activities.
- Monitor and research industry and policy developments corresponding to Québec’s priorities in the region, notably: Artificial Intelligence, Health and Life Sciences, and Clean Technology.
- Assist in the organization of meetings, phone calls and joint activities between Québec and New England stakeholders.
- Prepare briefing materials and notes for Québec’s ministers and the Québec Delegate to New England in advance of meetings.
Official Visits, Missions, and Special Events
- Contribute to the organization of public relations and economic development activities, including ministerial missions to New England, government and economic visits to Québec.
- Miscellaneous research and management of our contact database system.
- Contribute to other ad hoc requests, including the coordination of ministerial visits.
- Background and coursework leading to a degree in science, economics, or international relations.
- Ability to work both independently and on a team.
- Strong capacity to research, analyse and synthesize economic and policy information into clear, concise reports.
- Strong command of French language in both speech and writing.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work under pressure.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Working knowledge of Boston business and innovation ecosystem.
- Interest in international relations, particularly Québec-United States / Canada-United States.
- Interest in science diplomacy and economic development.
- This internship is unpaid.
- 35 hours per week (part-time applicants will be considered).
- MBTA monthly pass provided for the duration of the internship.
- Reimbursement of any expenses related to your work assignments.
What you can expect to improve during this internship:
- Ability to research and analyze economic and science policy.
- Ability to network and understand Boston’s business and innovation ecosystem.
- Ability to quickly and efficiently identify your employer’s priorities while conducting research and participating in events.
- Capacity to handle sensitive information with discretion.
- Ability to be productive under strict deadlines.
- Understanding of organizing diplomatic events and managing government relations.
- Evaluation of your fit for a diplomatic career.
- Knowledge of Québec and its international relations.
Benefits of working at the Québec Government Office in Boston:
- Firsthand access and opportunity to contribute to a foreign government’s diplomatic relations.
- Access to networking opportunities in economic development, science diplomacy, and international relations.
- Opportunity to work in a multicultural, multilingual environment.
- Interaction with Québec’s network of international representations, as well as employees of other diplomatic representations in Boston.
- Possibility of attending conferences and symposiums across New England.