Cyber Insights Summer School Ref. 1947

Stonewall Diversity ChampionDisability confident leaderThe Guardian UK 300 logo

Cheltenham (located within an hour’s journey of Birmingham and Bristol)
GCHQ is offering you an exciting opportunity to join our 10-week Cyber Insights Summer School, from July 2020.


At GCHQ, we work with other intelligence agencies to keep the nation safe. We work against unique, complex threats – everything from cyber-attacks and espionage, to terrorism and organised crime. It means your work will be incredibly interesting and unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else.


GCHQ will invest in enhancing your talent and Cyber skills. On our Cyber Insights Summer School, you’ll get unique exposure into how GCHQ uses innovative technologies, and get the chance to see how your passion for technology could help protect the UK.  This is a unique and exciting opportunity for students to work on projects with real operational interest to our organisation.

You’ll be paid for the ten-week course, and we’ll also provide you with accommodation. At the end of the summer placement you may be offered another summer placement or, subject to criteria and requirements, be offered a permanent job within our world leading team.  

You’ll be part of a close-knit cohort, and have access to a comprehensive training and development package that will include:

•    pre-learning opportunities available to you prior to the start of the summer school;
•    world-class cyber experts delivering interactive lectures, workshops and practical learning through application;
•    individual and group real-time exercises in a supportive and modern learning environment and organised social activities;


We’re looking for motivated and committed individuals from all backgrounds who have an aptitude for problem solving. You’ll be able to understand simple code in one language (Python, C or similar) and have an interest in relevant cyber-focused areas such as on-line security or networking.

You’ll be graduating between summers 2021-2024. Plus, you’re:

•    on track for a minimum 2:2 degree or a Joint Honours degree in a STEM subject.
•    available for 10 weeks in Cheltenham from 06th July – 11th September.
•    a British national who’s been resident in the UK for 5+ years.


At GCHQ we’re proud of our inclusive and supportive working environment that’s designed to encourage open minds and aptitudes. As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential. With comprehensive training and development opportunities we’ll enable you to grow your skills and perform to the best of your abilities.


You’ll receive a summer placement payment of £300 per week, including accommodation.


Cheltenham, located within an hour’s journey of Birmingham and Bristol.


To be eligible to apply for this position, you must meet our nationality, residency and security requirements.  Full details of these requirements can be found here.

Be prepared to dedicate 60-90 minutes towards completing this application. We are conscious this might be more time than you expected, so our system will allow you to save your application at any time and come back to it later. But remember to submit your full application before the closing date.

If you meet the Minimum Eligibility and Application Sift criteria, the next step of this selection process will be:

• An interview.

Interviews will be held in 3rd – 21st February 2020.

If you successfully complete the above stages, you’ll receive a job offer, conditional to you completing our security clearance (SC) process which enables you to obtain the level of security clearance required to undertake this role.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.