You are eligible to apply for the diversity internship if you satisfy the nationality requirement and the right to work requirement.

Am I eligible to apply?

You are eligible to apply for the GCS Internship if you satisfy the nationality requirement and the right to work requirement.

Nationality requirement:

You are eligible to apply if you’re a:

You must be a British citizen to work in some of the placements, particularly those related to security and intelligence. In addition to the nationality requirement, you must have the right to work in the United Kingdom, and you must satisfy the diversity requirement.

Can I apply if I have recently graduated?

Yes. The internship programme is aimed at current students or recent graduates (graduated in 2018).

Can I apply if I haven’t attended university?

  • Yes. The internship is open to students who have recently completed a degree equivalent (NVQ level 6).
  • The Government Communication Service also offers a Level 4 apprenticeship programme for non-graduates.

How long before I know if I’ve been successful?

We have tried to make the recruitment process as simple and short as possible. We expect to hold telephone interviews with candidates in late March and notify successful candidates at the beginning of April. Due to the high volume of applications we are unable to provide feedback at the initial application sift.

Can I choose where I will work?

No. Placements will be assigned to successful candidates based on where there are vacancies and on where hiring managers believe you’ll fit in best. We will not be asking for candidate preferences as placements may be subject to change depending on business need.

Does the internship lead to a permanent job?

The internship programme aims to give you the skills and experience you need to apply for a communication role in the Civil Service, and support you with careers advice and coaching to help you progress. We have various routes you can apply through following your internship including the Fast Stream and annual centralised recruitment campaigns.

I have a disability, what reasonable adjustments can I expect?

If you require reasonable adjustments to allow you to complete the recruitment process, you’ll be given the opportunity to indicate and discuss this when you apply. We can make a range of provisions. You may also be interested in the Guaranteed Interview Scheme.

What are the stages of the application process?

You will need to submit your CV, application form and diversity questionnaire. If you pass the initial sift, you’ll be invited to participate in a telephone interview. The telephone interview will test for suitability to the role and will likely be with the hiring manager. Following the interview there will be a final selection process. If you reach the required standard we’ll offer you a place. Further details on the criteria are set out on the website.

What type of person are you looking for?

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.

Does the GCS Internship have a ‘fast pass’ to the Fast Stream?

No, the GCS Internship does not provide a fast pass to the Fast Stream. The GCS Internship is aimed at students interested in a career in communications and is separate to the Civil Service Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP). We use a streamlined recruitment and selection process so we can encourage a wider pool of candidates to apply.

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