The Government Communication Service (GCS) internship offers a unique opportunity to develop your skills and the chance to work across a wide range of communications disciplines, delivering cutting edge work for the UK government.
The GCS internship is aimed at students from diverse backgrounds at university level or be completing a degree equivalent qualification (NVQ level 6).
We are looking for motivated students interested in a career in government communications. You must be passionate about working on important issues. You will work across a wide range of communications disciplines and help deliver cutting edge work for the UK government.
You will contribute to exciting new ideas and real issues that affect real people. You could find yourself:
We offer a 6 to 12 week paid internship within either a government department or public body. This will give you experience in what it’s like to be a government communicator in the Civil Service.
You will be subject to an intensive programme of communications profession activities. This includes a one day induction into the Government Communication Service. You will get communications training sessions, a careers workshop and attend networking events.
Salary: £350 per week.
Location: most placements are in London. You may also get a position across the UK. If you are available to work in other cities apart from London, state this when filling in your application. Note that we cannot guarantee that we can match you to your preferred option.
You will be assessed according to the following competencies and behaviours:
You need to refer to the GCS Competency Framework and Success Profiles – Behaviours for more information.
Successful candidates will be:
Due to the high number of submissions we are unable to provide feedback to candidates who are unsuccessful in the application sift.
You need to refer to the eligibility criteria set out in the candidate information pack.
To apply, candidates must:
Candidates must also be from one or more of the following backgrounds:
We assess social and economic background using questions based mainly on family background.
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. Providing you meet these minimum criteria, we can guarantee you a telephone interview.
Contact the Government Recruitment Service by email GCSProfession.firstname.lastname@example.org before the closing date to discuss your needs or any reasonable adjustments.
Your placement and start date is dependent upon successful completion of security clearance.
The timeline and process are subject to change:
Read advice on what to expect when applying for the GCS Internship, and some top tips (PDF 1.5MB). Find out about the competencies and STAR approach.
For more information read the GCS Internship Candidate Information Pack 2020 (PDF 2MB)
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