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Guidelines for Internships at the Embassy of Peru in Washington D.C.
Description of the Internship
- Internships at the Embassy of Peru are designed to provide the intern an educational environment to learn the main tasks of a foreign mission by supporting the different activities performed by the sections of the Embassy.
- Internships will not be paid.
- The minimum period for internships is two months (eight weeks), 20-40 hours a week.
- It is understood that the internship experience is for the benefit of the intern. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under close and permanent supervision of existing staff.
- The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship.
- Among other tasks, the work of interns includes: writing reports on specific topics; performing clerical work in the office; developing and managing databases; making calls and creating contacts for the embassy; assisting in meetings and conferences and preparing briefs on their content; translating documents; writing summaries of news reports; supporting the organization in various activities (expositions, shows, conferences, electoral processes); establishing contact with NGOs and think tanks; and supporting diplomatic officials in various official activities.
- The intern must bear the cost of food, housing and transportation in Washington during his/her internship.
- Candidates applying for an internship at the Embassy must have health and accident insurance.
- The maximum number of interns accepted for each period is four (one for each section).
- Once the internship is complete, the Embassy will issue a document certifying the period in which the intern conducted his or her internship, and an evaluation of the performance of the intern.
Sections in which Internships may be performed
The Political Section of the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C., is in charge of implementing the objectives of the Peruvian government’s foreign policy in relation to the United States’ authorities. The major political issues of mutual interest are the fight against drug trafficking, terrorism, migration, social cooperation, the fight against corruption as well as the protection and promotion of democracy and human rights.
It also assesses the political process and the evolution of the United States to provide accurate information to the Peruvian authorities for timely and orderly process of decision making. This leads to the implementation of policies in accordance with national interests in Peru. The Political Section maintains close links with the authorities of the U.S. administration, Congress, think tanks and academics, as well as the different actors, individuals or institutions that are part of U.S. civil society. All of them allow the embassy to keep an updated and comprehensive knowledge of the political, economic and social developments of the United States.
It is also responsible for judicial cooperation between the U.S. and Peru in regard to judicial assistance, passive and active extraditions, and transfer of prisoners.
The Economic Section of the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C., is responsible for monitoring the economic and commercial negotiations between Peru and the U.S. and the process of implementation of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between both countries. This Section also oversees U.S. economic and trade policies that may have an impact on the Peruvian economy.
It also is responsible for financial and technical cooperation including on issues such as environment, sustainable development, science technology and innovation.
This section is in close contact with representatives of Peru in Washington, D.C., accredited multilateral financial institutions such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and it follows the activities of these institutions.
It also establishes the necessary contacts with U.S. government officials, business and professional organizations so that Peruvian Government officials and entrepreneurs can achieve their goals. In addition, it promotes the positive investment environment in Peru, encouraging investors to do business with our country.
Public Diplomacy Section
The Public Diplomacy Section of the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D.C., is responsible for promoting the culture of Peru and cultural heritage of the country in the United States. This section conducts its activities in accordance with the Foreign Cultural Policy Plan prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Institute of Culture.
The main areas of work of the Public Diplomatic Section are: cultural and academic relations; promotion of tourism; protection of cultural heritage; scientific promotion; communication and political culture with regard to civil society.
There are six categories for cultural programs: visual and fine art exhibitions; film and audiovisual activities; promotion of Peruvian authors and books; music and performing arts; Peruvian artisans; and Peruvian gastronomy, including the promotion of Peru’s national drink Pisco.
The Public Diplomacy Section supports and coordinates the cultural activities of Peruvian artists who come to Washington, D.C., for presentations and exhibitions in all artistic fields. The section organizes cultural and artistic events in the Art Gallery of the Embassy. It also assists and provides Americans with information about the culture of Peru. To promote Peruvian culture, it maintains close links with State Department officials and other U.S. government agencies and private authorities from prestigious universities, museums, galleries and institutions involved in the promotion of the arts. It also closely follows activities related to the cultural expressions of Peru.
Trade Promotion Office and Agricultural Attaché
This Office is responsible for promoting Peruvian products and services to markets in the United States. It also monitors economic and trade policies of the United States that may have an impact on the Peruvian economy, trade flows and investment climate.
The Office promotes bilateral trade by identifying new opportunities for Peruvian exporters, facilitating contacts between key entrepreneurs, building successful relationships between Peruvian and U.S. businesses and organizations. Another important function is to ensure that Peruvian exports to markets in the United States comply with local regulations. Similarly, it performs tracking of anti-dumping or other trade restrictions that may obstruct the normal flow of business between the two countries, or that may affect the economic, commercial or financial interests of Peru.
It also offers assistance and information to Peruvian companies and chambers of commerce in foreign trade issues and establishes contact with the relevant U.S. authorities or commercial organizations in the United States so that Peruvian entrepreneurs can achieve their business objectives. It also promotes the current positive investment environment in Peru and encourages U.S. investors to do business with Peruvian partners.
The Agricultural Attaché is responsible for specialized work in agriculture and matters relating to phytosanitary and zoosanitary measures. In addition, it manages the access of Peruvian agricultural export products submitting documentation to demonstrate compliance with U.S. regulations.
- Be Peruvian or son or daughter of a Peruvian citizen or an American student presented by an accredited academic institution.
- A minimum of 20 hours per week and a maximum of 40 per week, during a stay of at least two months.
- Excellent handling of Spanish and English
- Be at least a junior or senior at a college or university, or a graduate student.
- Intern’s major must be related to the fields of diplomacy (international relations, political science, law, history, international business), public diplomacy (cultural promotion, NGOs and think tanks), commercial promotion, translation and interpretation or other similar field.
- A minimum GPA of 3.50
- An excellent ability to work in groups and independently.
- Have an excellent understanding of information programs such as Microsoft Office (Word, Office, Power Point, Publisher, Outlook) and the internet.
Terms for Internships
- Summer (June, July and August)
- Fall (September, October and November)
- Winter (December, January, and February)
- Spring (March, April, and May)
Deadline for Applications
- Summer: April 15th
- Fall: July 15th
- Winter: October 15th
- Spring: January 15th
The student must submit by the deadline a written communication in Spanish or English to the Head of Human Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org, presenting his/her candidacy. He/she must specify at the beginning in the subject the word Internship (if written in English) or Practica (if written in Spanish). This letter should identify the preferred section or sections where the candidate is applying and should describe why he or she has chosen to work for the Embassy of Peru.
After the closing date, the Office of Human Resources will prepare a pre-selected list (“short list”). The candidates in the shortlist will be contacted directly for a phone interview. The final decision will be communicated only to the accepted candidates. The list of the interns and the assigned sections will be published at the Embassy of Peru website in advance of at least 30 days before the date of commencement of their internship.
Obligations and Responsibilities of Interns
- Comply with the mutually established schedule
- Demonstrate appropriate behavior
- To strictly keep confidential all information, including documentation that is accessible and conversations that you may hear. For this purpose the intern must sign a “Confidentiality Statement”. Click Here
- Comply with the instructions given by superiors.
Head of Human Resources
Embassy of Peru Washington D.C.
1700 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, D.C., 20036