Graduate Trainee Programme - 2021 Cohort

Global Counsel is recruiting three graduate trainees to join our UK office starting in August 2021 initially for thirteen months. The roles are a great opportunity for anyone interested in getting hands-on experience in public policy and to learn about the world of strategic advisory. The successful candidates will have a strong interest in the interface of politics, policymaking and business.

In your first month, you will complete comprehensive training to understand our business, our clients and how we work. You will then undertake three placements of 4 months across our teams, depending on client needs and business priorities. GC's sector and horizontal teams cover and advise investors and corporations on health, climate and sustainability, energy, trade, technology, media and telecoms (TMT), financial services and geopolitics.

While you will be based in London, our practices cover the globe, with a particular focus on Europe, Asia and the US. There may be an opportunity for limited travel to GC's clients or international offices should the pandemic allow.

Trainees will be assigned an office buddy and dedicated mentor and will be provided direct access to the firm's senior leadership team.


  • We seek curious, analytical individuals interested in politics and policy who love to write and work well in teams. Typically, a minimum 2:1 in a university degree is required.

  • We encourage candidates from all degree subjects to apply. We are particularly keen for our Trainees to bring new data visualisation and editorial skills. So, we would encourage applications from recent graduates with experience or studies covering journalism or data science.

  • A deep interest in politics, policy and regulation and their interaction with the commercial sector is essential.

  • Demonstrable organisational, research and analytical skills.

  • Experience in PowerPoint, Word and Excel.

  • The GC team speaks more than 25 languages across our four offices. We highly value strong foreign language skills, but excellent English (native or near native) is essential.

  • Right to Work in UK. Unfortunately, we are unable to sponsor visas for this programme.

What's in it for you?

  • Hands on training and development in a fast-growing strategic consultancy, with a chance to enter GC as an Associate upon programme completion (depending on business needs).

  • The opportunity to be involved in business development as well as internal projects.

  • Direct involvement in producing and preparing client work and practical experience working with clients.

  • A competitive London-based salary with 20 days; holiday allowance, plus bank holidays and Christmas office closures.

  • A full package of benefits including pension, health and dental insurance, as well as company social activities.

  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview by zoom or at GC's offices in Marylebone, depending on pandemic restrictions.

Application deadline

  • To apply, please complete the webform with your CV, cover letter and written exercise by 14 May 2021 at 09:00 GMT.

Written exercise

Please answer the following question to the best of your ability in no more than 400 words:COVID-19 radically impacted international tourism in 2020 and created new policy barriers on tourists' freedom of movement. What do you think prospects are for UK-EU and intra-European Union tourism in summer 2021? Will summer 2021 be better or worse than summer 2020 for international tourist flows and why?

Please complete the above written exercise and include within your cover letter.


Graduate Trainee Programme
Graduate. Please submit CV and your cover letter (including written exercise) at the link.
14 May 2021
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