11/06/2018Internship opportunities in the Civil Service for care leavers

In September 2018, the Government will be launching the next round of the ‘Care Leaver Internship Scheme’, which offers 12-month paid internships for care leavers in the Civil Service.  Opportunities will be available at Executive Officer (EO) grade, or Administrative Officer (AO) grade, in a range of Government Departments. 

The 12-month internships will be offered in a range of Government Departments and their agencies. 

Last year the scheme offered 17 internships across six Government Departments.  This year we hope to expand the number of opportunities available.  Examples of the main responsibilities of the Departments who participated in last years’ scheme are provided below:

  • Department for Education - responsible for education, children’s services, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England, and equalities.
  • Department of Health and Social Care - supported by 14 arms-length bodies and a number of other agencies and public bodies, it leads the health and care system to help people live healthier lives for longer.  Its mission is to ensure equity and excellence in our health and care services.
  •  Department for Work and Pensions - responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy.  It is the UK’s biggest public service department.  It administers the State Pension and a range of working age, disability and ill-health benefits to around 18 million claimants and customers.
  •  Foreign & Commonwealth Office - works with international organisations to promote UK interests and global security, including the EU, NATO, the United Nations, the UN Security Council and the Commonwealth.  It promotes the UK’s interests overseas, supporting our citizens and businesses around the globe, though a network of embassies and consulates.
  •  Ministry of Justice - one of the largest Government Departments employing around 70,000 people (including those in the Probation Service) with a budget of approximately £9 billion.  Each year millions of people use their services across the UK, including at 500 courts and tribunals, and 133 prisons in England and Wales.
  •  Crown Prosecution Service - responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police and other investigative authorities, in England and Wales.


The internships will offer opportunities in different roles within the Government Departments e.g. in a policy-making team, Ministerial private offices, and personal assistant support roles.  The internships will be available for care leavers only, who are aged 25 or under.  The location(s) of specific vacancies will be confirmed in September.

The starting salary range for EO and AO grades varies depending on whether the post is located in London, or whether it is a ‘National’ post based in a region.  For illustrative purposes - an EO post in London can have a starting salary range between £25,257-£27,485; for an AO post it can be between £22,649-£24,325.  Again, for illustrative purposes, the starting salary range for a National EO post is approximately £22,088; and for a National AO post approximately £18,659. 

The application window is due to go live in September 2018 and will close in October 2018.  We expect most of the successful applicants to commence their internships in January 2019.  However, each Government Department has its own ‘on-boarding’ process, so each individual’s start date is likely to vary.

The internships will be advertised on the Government’s Civil Service Jobs website at the following hyperlink