Research and Publications Internship

Reports to:                         Associate Director

Hours:                                  35 hours per week, 9.30am -5.30pm

Duration:                             6 months

Remuneration:                  £18,000 p.a. equivalent


The Caribbean Council

The Caribbean Council is a specialist not-for-profit consultancy providing services internationally to companies, trade associations, governments, public sector organisations, and regional and multilateral organisations. Through its activities and membership organisations, it seeks to support and encourage trade and investment between the UK, the Caribbean and Central America. It aims to catalyse relationships and create strategic partnerships between those in both the private and public sectors, facilitating practical and targeted outcomes.

The Council provides practical advice based on a long experience of working in the Caribbean Basin. With a proven record of success, the Caribbean Council has a full time specialist staff based in London and a network of associate consultants in the Caribbean, Brussels, Geneva, Miami and Washington. The organisation is directed by Chris Bennett who has a long history of working with and for the Caribbean and an extensive network of contacts in the UK, Europe and the Caribbean at every level of the public and private sector.

The Role

The Council is seeking to recruit a Research and Publications Intern to support in a range of research projects and to assist in the editing process of the Council’s three weekly publications. The Research Intern will provide research support relating to consultancy projects with a particular focus on political, economic, trade and other commercial issues in the Caribbean, Cuba and Central America.  Upon completion of the internship, depending on progression and company need, there may be the opportunity to become a full time member of staff.

Skills and experience 

  • A degree level background in international affairs, politics, economics or similar
  • Ability to undertake research that will have a practical application
  • Ability to research an issue and provide a succinct summary
  • Ability to use Excel and analyse and present basic economic data
  • Knowledge and interest in international business, international relations, economics and politics
  • Excellent written English and ability to write formal English
  • The candidate should have a commercial outlook and some experience of working in an office environment
  • Sound organisational skills and a practical and creative approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work on their own initiative and be comfortable working at times with the minimum supervision
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability with IT (Office 365), websites (WordPress), and social media is an asset
  • Spanish / French reading ability is an advantage
  • Applicants must have the right to work in the UK



  • Draft and edit short research papers, briefing papers and biographical notes
  • Support in the delivery of consultancy projects for commercial clients which may include qualitative and quantitative research and analysis
  • Monitor and report on news and policy developments relating to specific projects
  • Carry out research for business development initiatives relating to consultancy


  • Sub-edit, format, and distribute the Caribbean Council’s weekly publications ‘Caribbean Insight’ and ‘Cuba Briefing’
  • Help to collate stories for, write and distribute the Caribbean Council’s biweekly publication ‘Central America Briefing’
  • Proofread reports
  • Maintain distribution lists


  • Support in the drafting of invitations, briefings for speakers and background materials for events
  • Support in the substantive development of the content of conferences and similar events (eg research and identify speakers) and if required participation in such events
  • Support with the setting up of programmes of meetings and itineraries for clients which is likely to involve liaising with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, DFID, the European Commission, multilateral organisations, and senior figures in the private sector
  • Support the delivery of Parliamentary activities and other non-commercial activities

Website and social media

  • Maintain and update website as required
  • Research news stories for Twitter and tweeting accordingly

What benefits can I expect to gain from the experience?

The Research and Publications Internship at the Caribbean Council will provide valuable work experience to those wishing to pursue a career in international development, international business, politics, economics and international media. In particular, interns will gain:

  • Practical experience working in a busy friendly and small office with a very international outlook
  • An opportunity to be involved in and contribute to a wide range of areas which may include research and analysis, consultancy, publications, the organisation of trade missions, and business development.
  • Exposure to the diplomatic corps in London; the UK Government including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and DFID; multilateral organisations such as the Inter-American Development Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank; senior business people involved in international business; politicians from the UK and the Caribbean and Central America.
  • An understanding of international development; the issues relating to the economic development of the Caribbean, Cuba and Central America; and the ways in which politics intersects with the business world in these regions.

How to apply?

Applicants should submit a CV with a cover letter and one essay of maximum 800 words as detailed below to:

Chris Bennett, Managing Director

The Caribbean Council

Temple Chambers

3-7 Temple Avenue




Applications should be written in English and must be received either by email or in the post.

Short Essay

Please choose one of the following questions and answer in no more than 750 words.

Applicants are not expected to have a detailed understanding of the issues but to provide useful statistics and other evidence, as well as their own thoughts.

For reference, the Caribbean Council’s Caribbean includes all of the islands of the Caribbean irrespective of language or political status, plus Belize, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. The Council also works with Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Central America.

  • What economic sectors should the Caribbean and Central America promote in the future and why?
  • What are the greatest threats to the Caribbean and/or Central America’s prosperity in the next 10 years?
  • What are the opportunities for international companies in the alternative and renewable energy fields in the Caribbean and/or Central America?

The deadline for applications is: by midnight Thursday 4 August

Interviews will be held by 11th and 12th August.