Find out about the Fast Stream and the Civil Service on this award-winning internship. Of those surveyed, 100% who completed the internship in 2015 would recommend it.
6 to 9 weeks
Salary per week
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.
Fast Pass – a quicker route to Fast Stream selection
We introduced the ‘Fast Pass’ process last year. This means if you receive a positive appraisal during the 2018 SDIP internship, and then apply for Fast Stream 2019, you’ll be fast-tracked past the initial online selection stages. You’ll also receive coaching to support you. This gives you an excellent chance of Fast Stream success.
On the internship you’ll do challenging project-related work. You could be:
The support you get includes:
the opportunity of a place on a coaching programme designed to increase your chances of successfully passing the Fast Stream selection process
Your internship starts with a welcome reception. You'll get the opportunity to hear high-profile inspirational speakers and find out how to make the most of your placement.
You'll then spend the next couple of months working within a departmental team engaged in project work. This is great opportunity to get involved in various activities and learn about the Civil Service and Fast Stream.
'Fast Pass' appraisal of your performance throughout the scheme aims to streamline your progression through the Fast Stream selection process. Your Fast Streamer mentor will be there to offer you support and guidance.
Your two months in the department will be interspersed with a range of exciting centrally run events and the programme is then rounded off with a major closing event.
The experience so far has been invaluable. The internship taught me the importance of meeting deadlines and effective time management. You become integrated into an incredibly friendly team and feel like you're working with them to achieve their targets and deadlines.
I've thoroughly enjoyed my time on the Schools Outreach team. I loved the balance between being given responsibility but also the encouragement to seek help when I felt I needed it.
The SDIP has given me a great insight into the workings of the Civil Service. I've been involved in large-scale projects which will have an impact throughout the UK.
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:
Candidates from these BAME backgrounds can apply:
The programmes are open to UK nationals and Commonwealth and EEA 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 can apply for the SDIP regardless of whether you’ve applied for a Fast Stream scheme. However you’ll have to withdraw your internship application if you’re successful for a Fast Stream scheme in the same competition year.
You can only participate in the SDIP once.
As well as meeting the general eligibility requirements we are looking for:
You take the same initial online tests as all other applicants to the Fast Stream. If you pass, you then complete an online application form. We draw up a shortlist of candidates by the end of February 2018.
Telephone interviews take place around March through to early April 2018.