Technical Internship Ref. 1542

Disability confident leaderThe Prince's Responsible BusinessSocial Mobility Foundation Award

Technology Roles
£25,240 per annum which will then be pro-rated over the course of the 11 week programme

We offer penultimate year students studying a STEM related degree a unique opportunity to improve their technical and analytical skills through our 11 week paid summer internship.

Supported by experienced, professional and innovative colleagues in technical teams, you will have the opportunity to work on live projects you won’t find anywhere else and make a direct impact on how we use technology to protect the UK from serious security threats, such as terrorism and espionage.

Our internship offers a fantastic insight into MI5. For those that perform well there will be an opportunity to secure a permanent position on completion of your studies. MI5 offers challenging, varied and long-term career opportunities and continuous support and development to allow you to fulfil your potential.

We offer roles in 4 technical areas. Combining problem-solving skills with a proficiency 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 will be expecting to receive at least a 2:2 degree or equivalent in a technology or wider STEM related subject, graduating in summer 2020. You should also be able to start permanent employment in autumn 2020. For the duration of the internship you must be able to live in or commute to central London.

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:

•    Business Analysis
•    Covert Technical Operations
•    Information Architecture
•    Software Engineering

Eligibility Criteria

To work for MI5, you must have lived in the UK for nine out of the last ten years. We may still consider you if, during that time, you served overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of Her Majesty's Government, or if you studied abroad, or lived overseas with your parents. You must also be aged 18 or above and be a born or naturalised British citizen, with one parent who is a British citizen or who has substantial ties to the UK.

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.

After completing our pre-screening questions, if you meet our initial criteria 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. 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 2018 and January 2019 and a separate security interview with our vetting officers.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

As part of our commitment to being a 'Disability Confident' employer we offer an interview to all candidates with a disability who meet our minimum criteria for the job vacancy that they are applying for. This is known as the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS). If you meet this criteria, you will be invited to interview.


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

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