Summer Diversity Intelligence Internship
MI5 and MI6

Summer Diversity Intelligence Internship

MI5 and MI6
  • Internship (From 4 to 6 months)
  • London (United Kingdom)
  • Published on September 7 2021
Job description

Bring your background to the foreground, and help keep the UK safe.

MI5 and MI6 may be different organisations, but we share the same goal. We keep the UK safe. MI5 protects our national security, while MI6 focuses on threats from overseas. Our operations are hugely varied, which is why increasing the diversity of our people is needed more than ever before. That's why we're re-opening our Summer Diversity Intelligence Internship scheme.

To protect the UK, we need people with different perspectives and backgrounds. Inclusion is at the heart of our mission. With your perspective, we'll see the world more clearly. As part of this scheme, you'll enhance your skills, training and development - and get first-hand experience of our operations. Whichever agency you choose, you'll join a welcoming team and your insight will be valued.

Over 11 weeks, you'll either support MI5 to protect the UK from threats to National Security, or help MI6 mitigate threats emanating from overseas and promote the UK's prosperity. With training from day one, you'll help piece together intelligence, identify threats and create strategies. And you'll do it all as part of a close-knit team who'll encourage your input. Our workplace is supportive, and we're proud to be fostering an open culture. With a growing range of affinity groups and a dedicated ethics counsellor and well-being officer, you'll be free to be yourself.

The Summer Diversity Intelligence Internship runs from June 20 2022 to September 2 2022. At the end, you'll be able to apply through one of our campaigns for a permanent position as an Intelligence Officer after you graduate. At MI5, this will be via the Intelligence Officer Development Programme (IODP).

We'll help you with accommodation during the internship if you need this, and you'll benefit from a competitive salary and a leave allowance. You'll have opportunities to network and socialise, plus with our flexible working approach, your internship can fit well with life outside of work. If you're ready to help shape the future of intelligence - apply today.

Please note that you'll need to pass security checks - your placement will depend on this.

At MI5 and MI6 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.

As a Disability Confident leader, we will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview. This is known as Offer of an Interview.

What we are looking for

No specific degree or previous experience is needed to apply (nobody has experience of this type of work), but you'll need to be in your penultimate or final year of university and on track for at least a 2:2. MI5 seek problem solvers who thrive in a collaborative environment. MI6 look for emotional intelligence, and an interest in the world and its cultures. You'll also be from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background, and from a socially or economically disadvantaged background. We need a range of insights and perspectives to be successful. You could be exactly who we need to help us achieve our mission.

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/MI6 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.