Gain experience you won’t find anywhere else, on an internship as unique as you.
At MI5 and GCHQ, we protect the UK from threats including terrorism, espionage and cyber crime. It’s important work, so ensuring we have the right products and services to do it is vital. On our Procurement Internship, you’ll spend 12 months with our procurement department, providing essential support to the UK’s intelligence agencies.
This is an internship where you’ll really get involved. You’ll help deliver products and services to assist our operations. On a day-to-day basis, you’ll manage contracts and negotiate with suppliers, ensuring we achieve the best value for our customers. You’ll be organised, proactive and professional in your approach. So, forget about making tea – on this internship, you’ll make a real impact.
You’ll join our friendly and inclusive procurement function, where you’ll gain skills and experience relevant to your studies. You’ll be a valued addition to the team, and undertake projects that support our wider mission. As you grow in confidence, you’ll challenge our processes and establish new procedures. Importantly, you’ll be keen to develop and improve your own knowledge, which you’ll apply to the next stage of your degree.
You don’t need to be on a specific course or have experience to apply, but you’ll be in your penultimate year of university and have a genuine interest in procurement. You’ll be guided throughout the internship by a task manager and mentor, so you’ll get all the support and training you need.
Ours is a culture of inclusivity and continuous development, where your insights will help shape our operations. There’s no ‘type’ of person we look for. At MI5 and GCHQ diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodiverse conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce.
If you want to contribute to mission-critical work, challenge our decisions, and gain experience you won’t find anywhere else – we want to hear from you.
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To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. One of your parents must be a British Citizen or must have one of the nationalities or citizenships from one of the following: British Overseas Territory, British Subject, British National (Overseas), British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person, citizenship of a country in the Commonwealth, citizenship of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), or citizenship of the United States of America (USA). If deceased, they should have had such citizenship or nationality before death. If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered. If successful, you will not normally be required to give up your non-British citizenship but, as a condition of your employment or secondment, MI5 and GCHQ may impose restrictions on your postings, work travel and/or general use of that nationality. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for seven out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. Each case will be carefully considered on its own facts. You can apply at the age of 17 years and 6 months, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member. Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside of the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application. Further information on our eligibility criteria can be found on the Applying section.