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The Consulate General / Innovation Centre Denmark – Silicon Valley

Here you can read more about the available internship positions at The Consulate General and Innovation Centre Denmark - Silicon Valley for Spring 2020. Deadline for applications is September 1st, 2019.

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 February 1st 2020

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 February 1st 2020 to July 31st 2020. 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, this team deals with energy and environmental issues in California. The State has very ambitious political goals for energy, climate and environment. The team’s goal is to support Danish companies and solutions in the Californian market. We work closely with Danish partners and reach out to Californian regulators, companies and utilities to develop projects and collaboration opportunities. You will accompany the team when meeting customers and key stakeholders, and arrange technical workshops and delegation trips. Your profile can be either commercial or technical, but you will most likely be interested in energy, climate, sustainability, and looking to establish an international career in this field. The experience and skills that you bring will determine your work assignments but you will most likely be working closely with the team to assist with the following activities:

  • Planning and coordinating meetings and workshops.
  • Working closely with Danish companies in California.
  • Developing pilot and flagship projects.
  • Exploring emerging trends and prepare reports for knowledge sharing.
  • Assisting Danish companies of all sizes and maturity in boosting their export and innovative capacity.

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 (2 positions)

Innovation Centre Denmark provides innovation advisory services to Danish companies and organizations. We cover agendas such as AI, Fintech, Cleantech, digitalization and entrepreneurship and work to promote growth and competitiveness in Denmark through knowledge and networks in the Silicon Valley ecosystem. We arrange Boot Camps for startups; Academies and Master Classes for executives and facilitate corporate innovation in Danish companies. The team works with versatile projects, and you can expect to be assisting the Innovation & Tech team with the following activities:

  • 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 technology start-ups scale globally through our platform SCALEit.
  • Exploring emerging trends and prepare reports for knowledge sharing.
  • Supporting North American companies establishing business activities in Denmark.
  • There will also be tasks for Invest in Demark, working to attract investors to Denmark.

Innovation & Tech – with a special focus on our Innovation Project and communication (1 position)

With our many goals and stakeholders comes a need to communicate our activities and disseminate our knowledge in Denmark and California. We are active on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and our web page. Working with the policy and communication advisor, you will contribute to our overall communication and marketing efforts. The Innovation Centre implements an annual Innovation Project, taking an analytical deep dive into a current topic of relevance to Denmark – Future of Work and Applied AI are some of our previous publications. Based on challenges formulated in cooperation with Danish partners, we research and provide insight into cases that can give them the Silicon Valley perspective. Communicating the results are also an important part of the project. Part of your job would be to contribute to this process.

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

  • Developing and researching the annual Innovation Project.
  • Planning and coordinating communication efforts across the organization.
  • Writing and creating visual content on social media and other promotional platforms.
  • Managing our web page.
  • Supporting business development related projects, prepare delegation visits, and assist with public diplomacy events etc.

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 September 1st 2019 to svicdk@um.dk, and mark it “Internship F2020”. When we have received all applications, we will arrange Skype interviews with the selected candidates. For additional information or questions regarding the internship, please contact one or more of our current interns:

  • Toke Rueskov Madsen, Energy & Environment, tokmad@um.dk
  • Lone Anine Christiansen, Innovation & Research, lonchi@um.dk
  • Christina Lagoni, Innovation & Tech – special focus, chrjee@um.dk
  • Malou Ringtved Jensen, Innovation & Tech, malrje@um.dk
  • Henrik Søndergaard Nielsen, Innovation & Tech, hennil@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 LinkedIn, Facebook, or Twitter.