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Early Diversity Internship at the Cabinet Office

This internship is available to first-year undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. The 5-day placement in a government department gives you a valuable insight and understanding of what it's like to be on the Fast Stream. 

If you're interested in a career in the Civil Service, it's an ideal way to learn in a short space of time if we're right for you. It’s also a great foundation for applying to the Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP).

What will you experience?

You get an opportunity to shadow fast streamers at work and gain a real insight into their role.

The internship includes:

  • a series of stimulating corporate networking and social events
  • an assessment survival workshop with all you need to know about applying for graduate vacancies
  • an allocated fast stream buddy
  • a closing reception attended by high-profile speakers, such as Civil Service diversity champions and sports stars

Watch: Diversity in the Civil Service

The impression which resonated with me most is that the Civil Service looks for highly talented, ambitious people.

Olivia, EDIP


You can apply for EDIP if you’re a first-year undergraduate and one or more of the following:

  • from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background
  • socially or economically disadvantaged
  • disabled

Candidates from these BAME backgrounds can apply:

  • Bangladeshi, Indian, Pakistani, Chinese or any other Asian background
  • African, Caribbean or any other black background
  • White and Asian, white and black African, white and black Caribbean or any other mixed ethnic background

We assess social and economic background using questions based mainly on family background.

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