GCS Internship 2018 – Our most successful year yet

Blog post by Daveena Solanki, Tanaye Reid

Tuesday 18 September 2018

On 13 September we held our GCS Internship Closing Event, where we celebrated our interns’ successes and shared careers advice.

This has been a fantastic year for the GCS Internship programme. We’ve doubled the number of GCS interns, greatly increased our outreach to universities, and were highly commended at the PRCA PR Internship Awards.

The GCS Internship is a communications-specific scheme for students from diverse backgrounds, aimed at recruiting future leaders for the GCS and a key commitment in the GCS Diversity and Inclusion strategy. This is part of the wider strategy to make the Civil Service the UK’s most diverse employer by 2020 and fulfilling the vision of a Brilliant Civil Service.

Our interns have been working in 20 departments and agencies across government and in a range of disciplines, from digital communications to external affairs.

The interns also worked together to develop two proposals on how to promote the GCS Internship within departments to increase available places and, externally, to improve outreach and applications. Both proposals were brilliant, and the panel were inspired by their enthusiasm and ideas to improve the scheme next year.

Read on for comments from Alex Aiken, an intern’s line manager, and some of the GCS interns themselves.

“I’m really proud of our GCS interns. We have had 50 talented individuals working across the GCS this summer bringing fresh ideas, enthusiasm and hard work to their projects. I look forward to seeing more great work from them in the future.” – Alex Aiken, Executive Director of Government Communications

“[Our intern] has quickly settled as a key member of our team; she has been conscientious, dedicated and shown real enthusiasm in her work. Her internship project presentation was excellent, demonstrating a clear understanding of OASIS and an ability to deliver to a very high standard – we were very impressed indeed.” – Alec Medaney, Senior Communications Manager, Cabinet Office

“I’ve been here three months now, and I can honestly say this internship has been incredible. In addition to the experience, and responsibility, I’ve had helping build and write Social News Updates, I’ve been able to have a genuine impact for such a prestigious organisation. It’s been a fantastic experience that’s given my career the perfect start.” – Jake Rodd, Intern, Cabinet Office

“The best thing about my internship has been the opportunity to try out many different areas of comms. As well as working in the Soft Power and External Affairs department, I’ve also been able to manage an internal campaign, contribute to strategic engagement projects and shadow professionals in various different roles.” – Claire Madeley, Intern, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

“The internship has provided me with an invaluable insight into government communications and I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in the Civil Service or a career in communications. It has been really eye-opening to see the range of roles available and has confirmed my aspirations to pursue a career with the Civil Service. I’ve had the opportunity to contribute to award-winning government campaigns, have discussions with senior directors and even take the lead on press enquiries. It’s so rewarding to see the impact your work has and I’ve enjoyed every second of it!” – Zeynab Alwi, Intern, Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

“The GCS internship is a dynamic, supportive, exciting opportunity. The work is engaging and impactful, the people are wonderful and the experience as a whole has been invaluable. My time on the internship has exposed me to an amazing network of people, who all are willing to support me in any way they can.” – Tanaye Reid, Intern, Cabinet Office

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my summer in the GCS internship programme and have gained invaluable communications experience. My perception on what it would be like to work in the Civil Service has completely changed, as I found it to be a friendly and inclusive environment which encourages creativity. My time here has also given me a supportive network of connections within the GCS, who I feel would be more than happy to help me with future career opportunities once I graduate.” – Nicole Perretta, Intern, Cabinet Office

To find out more about the GCS Internship, how to apply or how to get involved, please visit the GCS Internship page.

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