Redland Green School

RGS Bristol

Civil Service Internships at Redland Green Post 16 Learning Community

The Post 16 Centre were one of only six post 16 centres across the country contacted to take part in the first civil service internship programme for year 12 students in their summer holidays.

Ten students from the Centre spent two weeks on an internship (work experience placement) at Whitehall, Westminster, London.

Students were placed in different departments and experienced the type of work and issues that our civil service deals with. We had students placed in the Home Office, Foreign Office, Department of Health and the Department of Work and Pensions.

All the students found this opportunity a great experience. As part of the programme there were careers advice sessions in the evenings, a visit to a West end show and other group activities. This was a real success for these students and we are hoping we will be invited to be part the scheme again this year.

My Whitehall Internship Programme,
By Sadia, Year 13, Redland Green Learning Community

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be selected to complete an Internship programme in the Civil Service in Whitehall, London. All 62 Year 12 students from across England were assigned a government department to work with - I worked in the Cabinet Office in the HM Treasury building.

Throughout the internship, I was invited to take part in meetings with senior civil servants, and was also given talks by a Parliamentary Clark, an occupational psychologist, project managers, and a Government Minister. The civil servants would give me access to confidential restricted information that I would help to edit, and would give me an insight into what it is like to work in the Governments Civil Service. I also was given a personal tour of inside No. 10 Downing Street!

Every evening all the Interns would go to an event or activity that had been organised, such as having a tour of London, a trip to the London Eye, going to see ‘Blood Brothers’ at the theatre, having celebratory meals and having an interview skills training session  in Canary Wharf,  before returning to College Halls for the night.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the Internship programme and would recommend anyone to apply for it; I met some really nice people and took away a lot of positive valuable experience that I will carry with me into the future.