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Government internship schemes launched

  • Published: Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Three government internship schemes have been launched to give young people experience of working in the civil service. The three schemes are aimed at graduates and undergraduates, college students and secondary students who come from under-represented groups or socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Whitehall Internship Programme

The three schemes launched as part of the Whitehall Internship Programme are:

  • Fast Stream Summer Diversity Internship (undergraduates and graduates): designed to help students develop their skills and career prospects and understand what the civil service can offer
  • college level (16 to 17 year olds): designed to offer school leavers two weeks meaningful work experience in the civil service
  • secondary school level (13 to 14 year olds): a day long programme where students meet senior figures and build knowledge of the civil service and working in a professional environment

The Fast Stream Summer Diversity Internship is already in place and will offer placements across Whitehall and regionally for 2011. You can find out more about this internship scheme by following the link below.

The college and secondary school schemes will run pilots across the UK this summer. The full programme of internships should be up and running in 2012.

Baroness Warsi, Minister without Portfolio said: "Obtaining an internship often depends on who, rather than what, you know. Many talented young people miss out simply because they lack the necessary contacts or face financial barriers when internships are unpaid.

"These schemes will give students a real start in life by not only providing skills and experiences that they can draw on when looking for jobs but the programmes will broaden their horizons and raise their aspirations."

The government also announced that informal internships will no longer be available from 2012. All departments will advertise their schemes on a civil service internships website, with efforts made to promote internships and work experience to under-represented groups.

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