early diversity internship programme


Early Diversity Internship Programme

An opportunity for those from diverse backgrounds to find out more about the Civil Service and Fast Stream. Of those who completed the internship in 2016 and were surveyed, 100% recommended it.


1 week






This internship is available to first-year undergraduates from diverse backgrounds. The 5-day placement in a government department gives you a valuable insight and understanding of what it's like to be on the Fast Stream. 


If you're interested in a career in the Civil Service, it's an ideal way to learn in a short space of time if we're right for you. It’s also a great foundation for applying to the Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP).


  • you’re a first-year undergraduate and expecting a 2:2 or higher in any degree subject
  • you meet the diversity requirements (see under Eligibility)
  • you need to be eligible to work in the UK

What will you experience?

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You get an opportunity to shadow fast streamers at work and gain a real insight into their role.


The internship includes:

  • a series of stimulating corporate networking and social events
  • an assessment survival workshop with all you need to know about applying for graduate vacancies
  • an allocated fast stream buddy
  • a closing reception attended by high-profile speakers, such as Civil Service diversity champions and sports stars

Watch: Diversity in the Civil Service

Your progression through the programme


You can apply for EDIP if you’re a first-year undergraduate and one or more of the following:

  • from a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background
  • socially or economically disadvantaged
  • disabled

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
  • We assess social and economic background using questions based mainly on family background


As well as meeting the general eligibility requirements we are looking for:

  • a real interest in wanting to pursue a career in the Civil Service
  • demonstrable team-working skills
  • innovation and creativity
  • flexibility in working with people at varying levels

strong motivation to make an impact on major policy issues or service delivery


Application process


You take the same initial online tests as all other applicants to the Fast Stream. If you pass, you complete a short online application form and we'll invite you to take part in a telephone interview.


Telephone interviews take place approximately between January and mid-February 2018.


You need to be available for the placement in the spring holiday period around April 2018.

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