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An internship at MI5 means a summer of discovery, responsibility and insight. Over 11 weeks, you’ll grow your skills, meet top tech minds and work on projects you won’t find anywhere else. The work you do will contribute to keeping the country safe, so you’ll have real purpose and a key role in a dedicated team. 

Throughout the internship, you’ll have the support of experienced professionals and innovators, who’ll help you build your expertise. With their guidance, you’ll shape the technology we use to protect the UK from security threats, such as terrorism and espionage. And as you work, you’ll get a fantastic insight into MI5. You’ll learn about the work we do and the opportunities available once you’ve finished your studies. There’ll also be live projects that you’ll collaborate on with your peers. And of course, you’ll be free to enjoy organisation-wide events where you can learn and network.

Where you could work

We offer roles in three technical areas: Business Analysis, Covert Technical Operations and Software Engineering. In some areas you’ll need basic coding skills. Others call for knowledge of data flows, computer security or computer forensics. All roles require basic computer skills, along with the ability to handle a range of data formats and solve problems. We’ll also expect you to express yourself clearly and explain concepts well. Plus, you’ll work well with others and make the most of our collaborative environment.

Who do we look for?

The internship is open to anyone who has a strong interest in technology and the drive to learn. You’ll need to be in your second to last year of study and expecting at least a 2:2 degree (or equivalent) in a STEM-related subject by summer 2021. You should also be able to start a permanent role in autumn 2021.

Your future at MI5

On successful completion of your internship, there may be a full-time role here for you when you graduate. We offer challenging, varied and long-term careers. With ongoing support you’ll have the chance to fulfil your potential.

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Software Engineering

If you have basic programming experience in any language, preferable in Java, C# .NET or JavaScript and a passion for solving problems using technology, you could help us to drive our investigations and intelligence collection operations forward.

Business Analysis

If you have a desire to solve problems, a logical approach and great communication skills (both verbally and written), you could help us build the technology that MI5 needs to keep the country safe today and tomorrow.

Information Architecture

If you have an interest in the ethical, sociological and political dimensions of the digital age and some understanding of how a computer system organises information, you could help us to make recommendations for how better to organise, distribute, protect and control information that supports our national security work.

Covert Technical Operations

If you are studying computer science, computer security, engineering, digital forensics or another similar subject, and have a good understanding of networking and operating systems, and an interest in security, forensics and/or penetration testing, you could help us deploy a wide range of advanced MI5 technical capability to enable intelligence collection in fast-paced and high profile investigations

You can’t tell your friends what you do which is a shame as some of the stuff is pretty cool


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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