Interested in government and politics? Like to get a taste of what it might be like to work as a high-powered civil servant? Then you might like to apply for the Civil Service Summer Diversity Scheme which prepares you to compete more effectively for a place on the highly prestigious Fast Track Civil Service Graduate Scheme. The Fast Track programme leads to a careers in departments such as health, the environment, education, transport, the economy, justice, industry, agriculture, defence, welfare, taxation and overseas development.
Recruiters for the Diversity Scheme have recently told us how disappointed they are with the very low numbers of applicants from City students. They received only 7 applications from City students last year and there are at least 162 places available.
What advantages would a 6-9 week Summer Diversity placement give me?
The Civil Service Summer Diversity Scheme can help you to win a place on exceptionally competitive Civil Service graduate scheme known as Fast Track by providing you with relevant wiork experience. During the internship, you would also be provided with a Fast Track buddy who will support your through the Fast Track application process. On the Diversity Scheme, you will be placed in a government department where you will be involved in stretching and challenging project-related work, including research, supporting projects, assisting on policy documents, shadowing senior civil servants and attending critical meetings with senior advisors on major issues. There is a training allowance in London of £350 pw.
What do I need to apply?
- Be a penultimate or final year student on course to achieve a 2:2 or doing a postgraduate course after your degree, with a 2:2.
- Have a keen interest in the Civil Service
- Be able to pass the same online tests at the initial application as students applying for the Fast Track scheme
- Be from one of the following groups –
Asian – Bangladeshi/ Indian/ Pakistani/ Chinese or any other Asian background
Black – African/ Caribbean or any other Black background
Mixed – White and Asian/ White and Black African/ White and Black Caribbean or any
other Mixed ethnic background
- AND/OR from a lower socio-economic background (this will be checked when you apply).
The programme is only open to UK nationals and Commonwealth and EEA citizens. You can find out more about nationality and immigration requirements here.
Deadline for applications for the Summer Diversity Scheme: 3 January 2014
Interested? Read more about the Civil Service Summer Diversity Scheme 2014 , including how to apply. You can access details about the Fast Track Graduate Training Scheme , although applications have now closed for next year.
For students interested in government and politics, it is a brilliant opportunity.