Are you considering a career in communications? The Government Communication Service (GCS) internship offers a unique opportunity to develop your skills and the chance to work on some of the biggest communications challenges and issues of the day.

Deadline for applications now closed.

GCS Interns

The GCS Internship provides you the opportunity to work in a range of communications disciplines (media and campaigns, strategic communications, strategic engagement and internal communications), delivering cutting edge work for UK Government. You could find yourself working on national media campaigns; creating innovative content for social media; working in a busy media office; a major staff engagement programme or with Ministers and senior officials.

We are looking for capable and motivated young people who are interested in a career in communications and passionate about working with important issues. Successful candidates will demonstrate good communications skills, an ability to identify target audiences, select appropriate communications tools, evaluate the impact and effectiveness of communications efforts and work effectively both independently and as part of a team.


What to expect

We will offer you a 6-12 week paid internship within either a government department or public body. You will undergo an intensive programme of communications profession activities, including a 1 day induction into the GCS, communications training sessions, a careers workshop and various networking events.

Salary: £350 per week

Location: London, with some placement opportunities available in Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool and Nottingham

On the internship you will be doing interesting and challenging work. You could find yourself:

○ working on national media campaigns;
○ creating innovative content for social media;
○ working in a busy media office; and
○ working on a major staff engagement programme and with Ministers and senior officials.


To apply, candidates must meet the nationality requirement and the right to work in the UK requirement: Open to UK,
Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non-EEA nationals. In addition, you must have the right to work in the United Kingdom, and you must satisfy the diversity requirement.

Please note your placement and start date is dependent upon successful completion of security clearance. Further information on the nationality requirement is available here:

You must be in your final 2 years at university, a recent graduate or have completed a degree equivalent qualification in a communications related subject (NVQ level 6)

Candidates must be from one of the following backgrounds:
● Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic
● Socially or economically disadvantaged
● Consider yourself to have a disability
● Care leaver

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria. If you believe this applies to you, please contact

    Please refer to the GCS Competency Framework for more information

    Indicative recruitment timeline

    Application window: 6 Feb – 23:59 6 March

    Expected telephone interviews: March – April (dates TBC)

    Notification of outcome: April 

    Begin roles: June – July

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    How to apply

    To apply, please submit the completed Diversity Monitoring Form, Application form and your CV to by 23.59 on 6 March. Your application will not be considered without all supporting documents.

    For more information, please view the GCS Internship Candidate Information Pack 2019

    For any queries contact


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