Student Scheme for Technologists Ref. 1600

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IT, Science & Technical
£20,133 (on a pro rata basis over the 11 weeks)

GCHQ is offering you an exciting opportunity to join our organisation on a Student Scheme for Technologists (SST) in one of our Technology areas for an 11 weeks paid Summer placement or an industry year placement.


As one of Britain’s intelligence agencies, we unlock the complex world of communications to keep our nation safe. We work closely with MI5 and MI6, our partners in the intelligence community, to safeguard Britain’s people, interests and businesses from various threats. Think cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism, and organised crime. It’s challenging, varied and meaningful work that you simply won’t find anywhere else.


We’re looking for people from a diverse range of backgrounds and experience who keep up with changing technologies and want to make a real difference to the UK.

We have a vast range of roles, across many areas in Technology, including our Computer Network Operations, Research and Engineering teams. These areas directly support the whole range of GCHQ’s cyber capabilities.

You’ll support national security objectives, at times by developing capabilities to access the computers of a terrorist group, or to carry out operations to retrieve vital online clues about the location and identity of members of an organised crime ring.

Under strict legal safeguards, we have the scope to do things that wouldn’t be possible elsewhere. As an organisation, we care hugely about learning and development, this role is a real opportunity to develop your skills.  

You’ll experience practical work in one of GCHQ’s leading technology areas. Working closely with colleagues, you’ll be involved in real tasks of a development or project nature with a placement intended to be relevant to the individuals’ academic studies and career aspirations (where available).

For your summer with us, we expect that you have the following skills:

  • An ability to undertake complex coding tasks and evidence of having done so either at university or as a hobby
  • You have an understanding of internet communications protocols, including knowledge of how these protocols are commonly secured
  • You’ll love solving problems, and have a good understanding of operating systems and their programming interfaces


Candidates must be graduating in either 2020 or 2021 and must be current undergraduates on track for a minimum 2:2 degree in a STEM subject or a Joint Honours degree with one of these subjects.


At GCHQ we’re proud of our inclusive and supportive working environment that’s designed to encourage open minds and attitudes. As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential. With comprehensive training and development opportunities that will combine placements in various teams and hands-on training, we’ll enable you to grow your skills and perform to the best of your abilities. Supported by our collaborative learning environment, you’ll soon be working on projects that help keep Britain safe.

At the end of your Summer placement, you could be considered for another summer placement or full-time employment.


£20,133 (on a pro rata basis over the 11 weeks)




To apply for this position, you must meet our nationality, residency and security requirements. You’ll find more details here: Recruitment Process.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we also guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for our roles.

Be prepared to dedicate 60-90 minutes to completing your application. We’re 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.

Once we’ve established that you meet our eligibility criteria, the next steps of this selection process are:

- Personal interview*
- Drug test

*Interviews will be held in Cheltenham and are scheduled for week commencing 3rd December
If you successfully complete these stages, you’ll receive a job offer, conditional upon you completing our developed vetting (DV) process which enables you to obtain the level of security clearance required to perform this vital role.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.