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Internship fall 2021

Spend a semester in Silicon Valley as an intern

Would you like to help Danish companies and organizations prosper in the intersection between science, technology, innovation, and export in the world’s leading technology hub? The Consulate General and Innovation Centre Denmark in Silicon Valley are looking for talented and energetic interns from August 1st 2021.

deadline MARCH 1st! 

We are looking for five new interns to work within the areas of Corporate Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Investment, Communication, Research & Education and Energy & Environment. We are looking for people who are eager to learn and develop professionally as well as personally in one of the most interesting and fast-paced business ecosystems in the world. We require that you are a Danish citizen currently enrolled in a Master’s program at a Danish University, and most importantly that you are interested in innovation, technology, future trends and creating value for Danish companies and organizations. The knowledge, skills and interests that you bring with you will highly influence your assigned projects. The six-month internship runs from August 1st 2021 to January 31st 2022. Are you ready for the challenge?

What we expect from you?  

For all five positions, it is essential that you embrace working on diverse projects across a complex organization and thrive in an environment where you will have lots of responsibility and influence in defining and executing your daily tasks. Additionally, you are motivated by working towards a deadline and not afraid to get your hands dirty. As to your academic background, we are open to different fields (see below for more on the specific positions), but prerequisites are:

  • Open-minded with a strong drive to perform individually as well as part of a team.
  • A sharp analyst experienced in collecting and presenting complex information in a concise manner.
  • Excited about creating value for companies, research institutions and public organizations and supporting start-ups and corporates scaling their businesses.
  • Ready for any challenges.

Who are we and what can we offer?

Innovation Centre Denmark Silicon Valley, located at the Consulate General of Denmark Silicon Valley, is an innovative cooperation between the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science. We bridge research institutions, companies and capital in Denmark and Silicon Valley; assist and accelerate the entry of Danish companies into Silicon Valley; facilitate research cooperation and provide inspiration to drive innovation and digital ambitions in Denmark. In 2018, the Innovation Centre was elevated in diplomatic status to a Consulate General. The Consulate General engages in export promotion with a focus on water and energy. The Consulate is also home to Denmark Bridge and Invest in Denmark. In addition to an exciting, life-altering experience with an international outlook, you can expect:

  • A unique opportunity to gain insights into the Silicon Valley ecosystem.
  • To learn how to network and to expand your international network in the epicenter of technological development.
  • To work with Danish universities, US universities, start-ups, corporations and governmental institutions.
  • A chance to apply and develop your academic skills in a fast-paced professional environment.
  • A dedicated mentor who will provide you with on-going feedback and performance evaluation.
  • A great opportunity to kick-start your professional career.

The internships are unpaid but include a monthly rent support of DKK 4,000.

internship positions

 

We are currently seeking interns to work with the following teams in the Consulate General and Innovation Centre Denmark:

Energy & Environment (1 position)

As part of the Consulate General, the energy and environment team supports the green transition in California by inspiring with Danish regulatory and policy experiences and promoting new innovative green technologies. California has very ambitious goals within energy, climate, and the environment. We work closely with Danish partners and reach out to Californian regulators, companies, and utilities to develop projects and collaboration opportunities. You will play an active role in the team when meeting customers and key stakeholders, arrange technical workshops and delegation visits, either virtually or in-person when travel is possible. Your profile can be either commercial or technical, but you should have an interest in energy, climate and sustainability, and be curious about establishing an international career in this field. The experience and skills that you bring will determine your work assignments but you will be working closely with the team with the some of the following activities:

  • Planning and coordinating meetings and workshops.
  • Assistance to the government-to-government cooperation with California's authorities,
  • Assist the Trade Council in promoting Danish best practices and solutions and supporting Danish companies in California.
  • Assist in Developing pilot and flagship projects.
  • Help identify and analyze emerging trends and technologies.
  • Prepare communication material, e.g. fact sheet, insights and reports for knowledge sharing about innovation, markets and policies.

Innovation & Research (1 position)

Innovation Centre Denmark is responsible for promoting Danish higher education and science in California and the Western US. We work closely with the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science and other stakeholders to connect Danish universities and research based companies to US partners. We tailor delegation visits, meetings, exchange programs and other partnership activities through our strategic partnerships with Stanford University, UC Berkeley and other world-renowned universities in the area. As a part of the Research & Education team, you will work closely with the team at the intersection between research, higher education and technological developments and assist with the following activities:

  • Promoting Danish political and public stakeholders’ key interests in California and the Western US in research, development and higher education.
  • Collecting and analyzing data and information on emerging trends and best practice within science, technology, innovation, and higher education in Silicon Valley.
  • Building and strengthening networks and partnerships between Danish and Californian research communities through delegation visits, meetings, workshops and other joint activities.
  • Supporting scholarship and exchange programs for Danish students and researchers at US universities.

Innovation & Tech team (2 positions)

Innovation Centre Denmark provides innovation advisory services to Danish companies and organizations. We cover agendas such as Entrepreneurship, HealthTech, Green Innovation and Digital Technologies and work to bridge Denmark to the Silicon Valley ecosystem. We aim to provide Access to Silicon Valley, Insights and Knowledge, Advisory Services and Strategic Partnerships as well as Talent and Education. The very experienced team of Tech Advisers work with versatile projects, and you can expect to be assisting with

  • Building and strengthening knowledge, networks and partnerships on key agendas.
  • Promoting innovation in Danish companies and organizations by arranging delegation visits, meetings, workshops and other activities.
  • Aiding Danish start-ups with their international ambitions.
  • Exploring emerging trends and prepare reports for knowledge sharing.
  • Support our team of adviser with everything from short-term assignments to long-term strategic partnerships..

Innovation & Tech team: Communication & Marketing (1 position)

With our many goals and stakeholders come a need to communicate our activities and disseminate our knowledge in Denmark and California. We are active on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and our web page. Working with the policy and communication advisor, you will contribute to our overall communication and marketing efforts including producing content for our platforms. Furthermore, The Innovation Centre implements an annual Innovation Project, taking an analytical deep dive into a current topic of relevance to Denmark – Going Green, Future of Leadership and Future of work are some of our previous publications. We research and provide insight into cases that can give our viewers the Silicon Valley perspective. The intern will contribute to the Innovation Project including communicating and promoting the results, which is also an important part of the project.

You can expect to assist with the following activities across the organization:

  • Planning and coordinating communication efforts across the organization.
  • Writing and producing content (articles, video, graphics) on social media and other promotional platforms.
  • Managing our web page
  • Providing analytics and reviews on our channels helping to improve our online presence
  • Developing and researching the annual Innovation Project.

Supporting business development related projects, prepare delegation visits, and assist with public diplomacy events etc.

Knowledge of InDesign, Canva, Adobe Premier Pro and/or Final Cut is a big advantage. 

How to apply?

Are you interested in applying for one or more of our five positions? Please send us a one-pager in English that explains why you will be a good fit for us, and how the internship fits into your overall personal and professional goals. 

We know from experience that many applicants are interested in more than one position. Please let us know if 1) you are only interested in one of the positions, 2) you have preferences for one position, but are open towards other positions or 3) you are flexible and would like us to consider your profile for all of the above.

Please enclose cover letter, CV and grade transcripts in your application no later than March 1st 2021 to svicdk@um.dk, and mark it “Internship Fall 2021”. When we have received all applications, we will arrange Skype interviews with the selected candidates. 

If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to one of our current interns:

Energy & Environment: Christian Ytting, chrytt@um.dk

Innovation & Tech: Emma Pagh Kristensen, emmkri@um.dk

Innovation & Tech: Charlotte Vilhelmsen, chavil@um.dk

Communication & Marketing: Amanda Dahl, amadah@um.dk

Innovation & Research: Julie Nielsen, julnis@um.dk

You can read more about The Consulate General of Denmark in Silicon Valley and Innovation Centre Denmark in Silicon Valley at siliconvalley.um.dk or by following us on LinkedInFacebook, or Twitter.

regarding corona virus (covid-19)

Regarding Corona Virus (Covid-19)

Ensuring the safety of colleagues is a key priority and we are monitoring the progression of the Corona virus (COVID-2019) and the developing Government guidelines very closely. Covid-19 is currently having an impact on how we work. We do not foresee physical delegations or conferences taking place in the first half of 2021, and currently have a rotational work scheme, meaning that you are not in the office every day of the week. Physical meetings with external stakeholders is also very limited at the moment. We of course hope that the situation changes for better soon, allowing us to open up more and have more in-person interaction with partners, but cannot guarantee that you will not experience an internship somewhat different than usual. Feel free to contact our current interns if you have any questions on how the current situation can affect the internship.