Position: Technical Internship
Location: London
Salary: £27,490 per annum (pro-rated over 11-week programme £5,574.37)
Ref: 2365
Job Type: Temporary
Published On: 03/10/2021
Start Date: --Late June 2022
Contact Name: Charlotte Flint
Client: MI5, MI6 & GCHQ

This is a unique opportunity to improve your technical and analytical skills on an 11-week paid summer internship; you will be working on live projects which will help keep the UK safe. 

Technology is at the heart of everything we do at MI5. You’ll be working with – and learning from – experienced and pioneering technical teams, often on projects you won’t find anywhere else. By the end of your internship, you’ll have had a direct and rewarding impact on how we use technology to protect the UK from serious security threats. You’ll be based in one of four technical areas:

• Software Engineer
• Business Analysts 
• Data Architecture 
• UX Design (website design team)

Combining problem-solving skills with an aptitude for working with technology, you’ll be a confident communicator, with the ability to explain technical concepts clearly to different audiences. In some areas you’ll need basic coding skills, while in others your logical approach, interest in data flows, or knowledge of computer security or computer forensics will be more important. With basic computer skills, you’ll be comfortable working at a computer for long periods and handling a range of written, numerical, image-based and audio data. 

You must be expecting to receive at least a 2:2 degree or equivalent in a technology or wider STEM-related subject by autumn 2023. You should also be available to start permanent employment in autumn 2023 if you wish to progress to our Technology Graduate Development Programme.  Unfortunately, we would not be able to offer either a earlier start date or deferment. For a list of STEM Subject, please click here.

For the duration of the internship you must be able to live in or commute to central London.


Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible to apply, you must meet our residency criteria. You must be a born or naturalised British citizen and one of your parents must be a British citizen or have substantial ties to the UK. Candidates must normally have been a resident in the UK for 9 out of the last 10 years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK.  You will nonetheless be considered if you have, for example, served overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of Her Majesty’s Government, studied abroad, or lived overseas with your parents. 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 the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application. Further information on our eligibility criteria can be found on the How to Apply section.    


Recruitment Process
Please ensure you follow all our guidance, read about our vetting process and check you meet our eligibility criteria before you apply. If you omit, conceal or offer misleading information during the recruitment process, we’ll view it very seriously. 

If you meet our initial criteria after completing our pre-screening questions you’ll begin your application by creating a personal account. You’ll set up a login with your full name, email address and a memorable password. Then you’ll complete an initial registration form, including contact details and equal opportunities monitoring information. 

You’ll then complete the online application form. If you’re successful, you may also be asked to take an online Codility test dependant on the role you’ve applied for. If you pass these, we’ll invite you to an assessment centre, which will involve both competency and technical interviews. Succeed at the assessment centre and we’ll invite you to a security interview with a vetting officer. 

Please note applicants will be required to come to London to attend our recruitment assessment centres which will take place between November 2021 and December 2021 and a separate security interview with our vetting officers. 


Offer of an Interview

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. To secure an interview for this vacancy, the minimum criteria (in order of application process) are:
• Eligibility Questions – You will be asked a series of questions relating to the role and working for this organisation. If you meet the criteria here, you will be directed to the initial application form.
• Online Tests – You will be required to reach the pass mark set for our online based test.
• On successful completion of this test and an application form sift, you will be invited
to interview (this could be either a telephone, video or face to face interview). This is our Offer of an Interview.

Discretion is vital. You should only discuss your application with either your partner or a close family member.

Please be aware that we withhold the right to bring forward the closing date for this role from the original closing date once a certain number of applications have been received. Please be mindful on this and submit your application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.