Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP) - Civil Service Fast Stream



Location (s):

  • United Kingdom


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! 

You’ll also be invited to undertake Fast Pass, which is a quicker route to Fast Stream selection.The Fast Pass means if you receive a positive appraisal during the 2019 SDIP internship, and then apply for Fast Stream 2020, you’ll be fast-tracked past the initial online selection stages. You’ll also receive coaching to support you. This givesyou an excellent chance to succeed on the Fast Stream.

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

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:


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).
  • Socially or economically disadvantaged.
  • Consider yourself to have a disability 

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.
  • Other - Arab. 

The programmes are open to UK nationals and Commonwealth, EEA, Swiss and Turkish citizens. All successful applicants will be required to pass security checks and your placement will be dependent on this. We assess social and economic background using questions based mainly on family background. 

You’ll need: 

  • 2.2 degree (expected or awarded).
  • A real interest in pursuing a career in the Civil Service.
  • Show you can work in a team.
  • Be innovative and creative.
  • Be able to work with people at varying levels of ability and responsibility.
  • Be motivated to help make improvements on major policy issues or on how public services are provided.
  • Demonstrate the key competencies we expect from civil servants.
  • The right to work in the UK


Deadline: January 31, 2019

Cost/funding for participants:

Salary per week: £300−£350

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