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Graduate Careers at MI5

Talented individuals from a range of backgrounds join our graduate development programmes. What other jobs put you at the cutting edge of news events, help stop terror attacks on the street of our cities, protect our secrets and prevent cyber-attacks? Our challenging two year programmes develop your skills in a supportive and collaborative environment, putting you at the heart of MI5’s investigations.

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We’re offering undergraduates studying a STEM-related degree the unique opportunity to undertake paid work experience at MI5. Our summer placements will give you an exciting opportunity to work in a unique and challenging environment where technology plays a crucial and increasingly strategic role. You could be placed in our corporate IT department or our department responsible for covert technical operations. Wherever you’re placed, you’ll be offered a range of opportunities to develop your skills on real projects.

Technology is evolving and it’s vital for MI5 to stay one step ahead. This is a new initiative and we’re investing in our future. Your work could make a direct impact on how we protect national security, and those who impress will be offered a permanent role upon graduation.


A career at MI5 is like no other.  Not only is it rewarding and unique but the variety here is like no-where else.  It is this variety that means most people stay at MI5 as they are able to fulfil all their career ambitions here without ever having to leave.  We are also committed to rewarding the people who work for us and demonstrating our appreciation for their vital contribution by offering an excellent range of benefits.  And due to the nature of our work it means you can’t take it home with you, so when you leave the office you really do leave your work behind you, providing you with an excellent work-life balance. Whatever role you perform, you will be directly contributing to keeping the country safe.

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