Are you passionate about the Middle East? Are you interested in education and building connections between different cultures? Would you like to focus your career in International Relations or the not-for-profit sector? 


  • Fixed-term contract for six months (with the possibility to extend up to nine months)

  • Next position starts Mon 11 September 2023

  • Full-time position, working hours 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, Mon-Fri, with occasional evenings (37 hours a week) 

  • You will be based at our offices in Central London (currently hybrid working, minimum 3 days in the office)

  • Paid at the London Living Wage

  • There will be the opportunity to travel to Oman for 7 days during the internship, subject to good performance, to conduct an individual project (travel and accommodation expenses will be included)

  • Reports to: Director and Communications Manager (line manager)

What to expect:

You will learn every possible aspect of running an organisation: from liaising with our members to writing articles and content for our marketing; from assisting in event planning and delivery to welcoming Omani diplomats and guests.

You will be expected to react quickly to requests and be organised, reliable, responsible and able to multitask. You will work alongside the office staff and will add real value to the Society, largely contributing to enhancing BOS visibility. Subject to good performance, you will be given the opportunity to travel to Oman.

Primary Responsibilities (including, but not limited to):

  • Monitor news and current affairs relating to Oman and produce our weekly members email Press Digest

  • Assist with the Society’s communications, including social media content creation and scheduling (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter)

  • Market and coordinate the BOS Arabic School (our regular programme of Arabic lessons)

  • Assist in the organisation and implementation of the BOS annual event schedule, including liaising with speakers, tracking RSVPs, editing PowerPoint presentations, attending events and ensuring their smooth-running on the day

  • Assist with the coordination and marketing of BOS's other Schemes, including our Gap Year and Arabic Language Schemes

  • Research opportunities for events and marketing collaborations, including liaising with universities and student societies

  • Conduct and record interviews with guest speakers and Scheme participants for our marketing, and where necessary transcribe for our Annual Review

  • Attend meetings with BOS partners, corporate members, diplomats, etc.

  • Design and produce marketing material, for example basic flyers, banners and invitations (using CANVA or equivalent programme)

  • Assist in keeping the BOS website up-to-date with relevant content

  • Respond to members' queries

  • Undertake administration and other office duties as required

  • Develop a Final Project of your choice, subject to approval by the BOS Board of Trustees

  • Outline an Action Plan for your trip to Oman, related to the Final Project

What we are looking for:

  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic and proactive individuals

  • Graduate in an appropriate field (International Relations, History, Languages etc.)

  • Strong interest in Oman and the wider region

  • Strong organisation skills, reliable and responsible

  • Ability to work independently and flexibility and manage your own workload

  • Happy to provide support to others, follow instructions and muck-in with day-to-day tasks where needed

  • Good people skills, confident in speaking with a wide range of people from diplomats to students and suppliers

  • Confident in using design programmes for the production of basic marketing materials

  • Confident using social media

  • Excellent level of written and verbal English (some knowledge of Arabic desirable, but not essential)

Please note, applicants must have the right to work in the UK and must be currently living in the UK. We cannot provide visas.

Deadline for applications: 15/08/2023


Please apply via the above link with your CV and a one page cover letter outlining your suitability for the internship, making reference to the above criteria.

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