Summer Diversity Internship Programme (6 - 9 weeks)

Various Locations Across the U.K.
£300 − £350 per week
09 Jan 2018
09 Feb 2018
Full Time

The multi-award winning Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP) gives people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to see what a career in the Civil Service is like. It puts talented undergraduates and graduates on a work placement in a government department. As a successful applicant, you’ll get an insight into the broad range of opportunities available across the Civil Service.

The SDIP is a great way to prepare for a place on one of our Fast Stream graduate programmes, which could lead to many different career paths at the heart of the UK Government. Two months on the SDIP could change your life.

We introduced the ‘Fast Pass’ process last year. This means if you receive a positive appraisal during the 2018 SDIP internship, and then apply for Fast Stream 2019, you’ll be fast-tracked past the initial online selection stages. You’ll also receive coaching to support you. This gives you an excellent chance of Fast Stream success.


  • conducting research
  • providing project support
  • assisting with the creation of policy documents
  • shadowing senior civil servants
  • attending meetings with senior advisors on major issues

About You

  • you need a 2:2 or higher in any degree subject (expected or awarded)
  • you need to be eligible to work in the UK
  • you're in your final 2 years at university
  • You can only apply for SDIP in your final 2 years at university. This can include postgraduate studies immediately following your first degree.
  • Candidates must also be from one or more of the following backgrounds: Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME), socially or economically disadvantaged, disabled


  • an allocated Fast Stream buddy and a scheme manager to support and oversee you
  • an excellent range of central events for you to attend, such as crisis management sessions, school mentoring and parliamentary visits
  • a corporate welcome reception in early June and a closing reception in September involving high-profile speakers
  • access to ‘Fast Pass’ which potentially allows you to be fast-tracked to the final stage of Fast Stream selection

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