The GES run summer student placement schemes is aimed at economics students who are seriously considering a career in the Government Economic Service (GES) after graduation. The placements generally last between 6 and 12 weeks and take place over the summer period.
Details of the 2014 Summer Student Scheme will be posted in January 2014. Please do not submit any applications until the up-to-date information is available.
The timetable for the centrally run summer student placements scheme 2013 with the GES is shown below:
Estimated closing date:
However, please note that the scheme will close before the estimated closing date when a sufficient number of applications have been received, and this will be notified on the GES website. We will not accept applications submitted before 09.00 on 13 February. It is therefore in your interest to submit your application as soon as possible after the opeing date. This year, we do not require tutor references at the application stage, and will ask for these if you are invited to interview.
How to apply
Candidates are asked to list their departmental preferences on the application form. Those who are successful at the sift stage are advised that they will not always receive their highest preference of department. Occasionally, a department might withdraw from the scheme before placements are offered. In such cases, candidates allocated that department will be placed in a reserve pool.
A selection of job descriptions are available here: Summer Student 2013 Department Job Descriptions (PDF).
The Summer Student Application Form 2013 (MS Word) is now available, however we will not accept applications before the scheme opening date. Email your completed application form to firstname.lastname@example.org when the scheme opens.
To be eligible applicants must be studying for a degree in economics or a joint degree where economics comprises at least 50% of the total course. They must also be on course for a 2:1 or 1st class degree. More information on the eligibility criteria and completing the application form can be found in our Application Process and Guidance.
Candidates who are successful at the sift stage will be invited to interview at one of the participating departments. Interviews are likely to take place in April/ May 2013. Sample interview questions are provided on the Interview Examples page.
The Civil Service is an Equal Opportunities employer. Candidates with disabilities (as defined in the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act) can choose to declare on their application form that they require adjustments at interview, for which we can make a range of provisions. Please contact us should you have any questions regarding this – we would be happy to help.
We are interested in your skills and aptitudes. We have no preferences for particular backgrounds or universities. We want to reflect the diversity of the country we serve.