New England enters 2018 with all six of its governors and a number of its congressional and state representatives up for re-election. The Public Affairs team at the Québec Government Office in Boston (DQB) is tasked with analyzing these mid-term elections and maintaining the strong New England-Québec relationship once they are decided.
Under the supervision of the Public Affairs Attaché responsible for government relations, the intern will gain a deeper understanding of subnational, while developing their capacity to analyze political events and better understand the management of government relations. If you are interested in applying, please submit a cover letter and resume to Michael Pizziferri at email@example.com no later than March 16, 2018.
- Monitor and analyze the 2018 elections at the federal and state levels in New England by writing research notes and diplomatic briefings.
- Participate in public hearings, political events, and conferences and providing analytical reports of these activities.
- Monitor and research policy developments corresponding to Québec’s priorities in the region, notably: climate change, energy and sustainable transport.
- Assist in the organization of meetings, phone calls and joint activities between government officials in Québec and New England.
- 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.
- Contribute to the daily press review of events in New England.
- Contribute to official letters and public speeches.
- Accompany members of the DQB to events to publicize Québec’s participation.
- Draft and implement communication plans for activities sponsored by the DQB.
- Miscellaneous research and management of our contact database system.
- Contribute to other ad hoc requests, including the coordination of ministerial visits.
- Strong understanding of the American political system, especially elections at the state level.
- Strong capacity to research, analyse and synthesize political information.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to work on a team.
- Ability to work under pressure.
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- Interest in international relations, particularly Québec-United States / Canada-United States.
- Interest in Québec’s priorities in the New England region, namely climate change, energy and transport.
- Knowledge of Québec’s government and culture, including its parliamentary system of government.
Note: Knowledge and/or interest in the French language is a plus.
- 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 monitor and analyze political events, especially elections.
- Understanding of New England politics.
- 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 political and diplomatic relations.
- Opportunity to provide analysis on political events in a critical election year, informing the actions of local staff and senior officials.
- Access to networking opportunities in politics 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.