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Summer Diversity Internship Programme at the Cabinet Office

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.

What will you experience?

 On the internship you’ll do challenging project-related work. You could be:

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

The support you get includes:

  • 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
  • the opportunity of a  place on a coaching programme designed to increase your chances of successfully passing the Fast Stream selection process

What do they say?

The experience so far has been invaluable. The internship taught me the importance of meeting deadlines and effective time management. You become integrated into an incredibly friendly team and feel like you're working with them to achieve their targets and deadlines.

Jean, Civil Service Resourcing Intern, SDIP

I've thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Schools Outreach team. I loved the balance between being given responsibility but also the encouragement to seek help when I felt I needed it.

Anna, SDIP


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) - see below
  • socially or economically disadvantaged
  • disabled


  • you need a 2:2 or higher in any degree subject (expected or awarded)
  • you need to be eligible to work in the UK


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