Graduate Associate scheme

Exciting Opportunity to join Wilton Park’s new Graduate Training Scheme based in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) Executive Conference Centre in Steyning in West Sussex.

We are proud to launch Wilton Park’s new Graduate Scheme which will give you the opportunity to join a thinking, policy organisation, recognised as a key foreign policy tool of the FCO. The new Graduate Training Scheme starting this autumn, builds on the successes of our existing Intern and Programme Development Associate programme.

You will be delivering across a programme of projects in support of the UK’s foreign policy objectives, working on the lifecycle of Wilton Park events, from identification and development of initial policy idea through to the preparation, project management and delivery of events held in Wilton Park or in alternative venues in the UK or overseas. No two days will be the same.

The new Scheme will give you the opportunity to work across five fundamental areas of our business during the two years of the Scheme.

Based in a beautiful country estate in West Sussex, this significant and respected flagship organisation is imbued with history dating back to the 1940s. Wilton Park works to identify, convene and facilitate discreet and effective dialogue on the UK’s strategic foreign policy priorities (and those of its friends and allies). These activities build networks for the future from the successor generation of decision and policy makers.

High profile individuals and world leaders view this secluded haven in the stunning Sussex countryside as an influential centre for discussion of key international policy challenges. Wilton Park manages to retain a collaborative, almost family feel, supported by its long serving staff, and aims to promote honest and open dialogue and debate on vital issues, at a global level.

What skills are we looking for from you?

  • Ability to work both in a team and independently;
  • Deliver on tasks and projects and to use your own initiative;
  • Positive, creative, flexibility and drive, with a passion for learning – showing commitment to, and interest in self-development;
  • Good people and organisational skills; and the ability to cope in a dynamic and challenging environment.

For more information on the role, please see below. If you have any questions not covered in the documentation, please email your questions to: