Opportunities to undertake unpaid work experience are provided by individual government departments as a means of providing and introduction to the Civil Service, and a way of helping individuals to make longer term career decisions. Work experience is offered as an opportunity to undertake work which will provide meaningful and developmental experience, and will give the individual an insight into the work of a particular department or unit.
If you have an interest in a particular department, please contact individual departments for further information.
The Government Legal Service offers around 70 places on its Vacation Scheme. Placements run between June and September and last for 2-3 weeks. For more information and an application form please visit http://www.gls.gov.uk. The deadline is 31 March.
The Civil Service Fast Stream also runs a Summer Diversity Internship Programme for ethnic minority and disabled students.
A number of government departments and agencies offer one day visits. They are a good opportunity to get a better understanding of the work of the Civil Service and help you make a more informed career choice.
Why not telephone the department or agency that interests you – you can find contact details for all the departments here.
The Windsor Fellowship
The Windsor Fellowship was formed in 1986 as a training organisation to support and encourage minority ethnic graduates. The undergraduate programmes are made up of a mixture of activities including development seminars, paid work experience placements and community involvement through locally based projects and groups. To become a Windsor Fellow individuals are required to meet the standard set by the Fellowship itself. The focus is specifically on high achievers. The Fellowship believes that through enabling the best to shine, it can, in time help all to do the same.
For further information visit the Windsor Fellowship site.