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Speechwriting Internship

April 11, 2018
Communications Department

Employment: Credit-Worthy Internship Job 
Organization:  Embassy of France | 972 5th Avenue, New York, NY
Department: Communication Department
Duration: 4 months
Application: cover letter, resume, writing sample (in a single PDF file)

Deadline: May 1, 2018
Start Date: June 1, 2018                            

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, headquartered in New York, promote the best of French arts, literature, and education to cultural and academic institutions across the United States, with a strong focus on the contemporary. 

The Communications Department publicizes and communicates about projects initiated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy through printed brochures and reports, press campaigns, web articles, social media posts and more. The Speechwriting intern would assist with editing, researching, and drafting communications documents with an emphasis on speeches.

Researching and Writing Speeches
Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy, Bénédicte de Montlaur, frequently gives speeches at decoration ceremonies held to honor specific individuals who have made a great contribution to French culture. The Cultural Counselor also frequently introduces events taking place at the French reading room and bookshop within our headquarters, Albertine. The Communications Intern will draft and perform in-depth research for all or most of the Cultural Counselor's speeches. She/He should be a self-motivated, curious, and driven researcher with strong writing and critical thinking skills. 

For examples of the types of speeches the Communications Intern would compose, follow this link: http://frenchculture.org/archive/speeches.

Experience with speechwriting is a plus. 

All of the above tasks naturally require excellent communications skills (both written and oral) and good computer skills (Microsoft Office, Firefox, etc.). Though most of our communications take place in English, our bilingual environment means it is essential to speak French well in order to understand the source material and to effectively interact with the mostly French staff.

We are seeking candidates with a background in journalism, history, politics, diplomacy, social sciences, creative writing, arts administration, English or French Studies. Having lived in France is a definite asset, as is a good knowledge and understanding of French culture and society.

Summary
•Currently studying at a U.S. university (undergraduate preferred) 
•Excellent writing and research skills
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
•Excellent comprehension of French (written and oral)
•Knowledge of InDesign is a plus
•Flexibility of writing style and ability to accept and integrate constructive criticism
•Enthusiasm and collaborative spirit
•Excellent organizational skills with particular attention to detail
•Capacity to effectively manage multiple tasks and deadlines 
•Great interpersonal skills 
•Good general knowledge of France

How to Apply
Please send a single PDF file including cover letter, resume and short writing sample (1/2 page, in English, about a cultural event) to Judith Walker on or before May 1, 2018.

Contact
Judith Walker, Director of Communications
judith.walker@diplomatie.gouv.fr
Cultural Services - Embassy of France
972 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10075