7 Reasons Why You Should Do A Civil Service Internship

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You might be thinking – why would someone studying Marketing want to work in the Civil Service? Well, there are plenty of PR and Marketing roles available for students and graduates, including the Government Communication Service (GCS)’s paid summer Civil Service internship scheme… yes, paid!

Last summer, I took part in an internship with the Civil Service. Here’s why I think it’s a great place to be an intern…


Like many other students, I needed to earn some money over the summer before going back to uni. I’d done waitressing and other summer jobs before, and I knew that I didn’t want to go back to those.

The GCS internship pays you £350 per week to work somewhere that’s actually relevant to your degree!

Working on high profile issues

The GCS is behind many of the campaigns that we see every day, such as Missing Type, Change4Life and Made in the Royal Navy. As a GCS intern, you could contribute to national campaigns, whether that’s through working in a busy media office or helping with internal campaign launches.

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Lots of other interns

It can be daunting when you start a new job. But don’t worry – there were over 45 GCS interns in 2018. On my internship, I regularly met up with other interns for lunch and to complete our group fundraising project. It was really nice to have extra support from people in the same boat as me.


Talking of support, there’s plenty given to you when you start the civil service internship. You’ll get your own departmental buddy, GCS mentor and line manager, who are all happy to help you along the way.

No two days are the same

One of the goals that I set myself before starting my internship was to talk to as many different colleagues as possible. I wanted to try and figure out the kind of communications job roles that I might like to try after uni.

As a GCS intern you get to shadow colleagues across your department, go to social and networking events and access training/careers workshops. You might not get these opportunities elsewhere!

It’s diverse and inclusive

This is a diversity internship, helping students who may face disadvantages in their lives to gain valuable work experience. Check out the eligibility criteria before applying here.

The Civil Service is one of the largest employers in the UK, so there are plenty of opportunities to meet people in different roles across the GCS. I met so many interesting people on my internship which opened my eyes to the different roles I could have in the future!

Career development

You won’t have to make the tea and do endless photocopying on this internship. You’ll get to work on real issues that affect real people. This will definitely give you a head start to your career.

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Plus, 40% of GCS interns secured a full-time role after their internship; others have secured part time roles whilst finishing uni. You can also put your CV in a reserve list, which is sent around the GCS to help fill vacancies.

So, what are you waiting for? Applications close on 6th March 2019. For support with your application, book an appointment with Careers+.

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Amina Sinclair-Diallo

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