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We offer penultimate year students studying a STEM related degree a unique opportunity to improve their technical and analytical skills through our 11 week paid summer internship.

Supported by experienced, professional and innovative colleagues in technical teams, you will have the opportunity to work on live projects you won’t find anywhere else and make a direct impact on how we use technology to protect the UK from serious security threats, such as terrorism and espionage.

Our internship offers a fantastic insight into MI5. For those that perform well there will be an opportunity to secure a permanent position on completion of your studies. MI5 offers challenging, varied and long-term career opportunities and continuous support and development to allow you to fulfil your potential.

We offer roles in 4 technical areas. Combining problem-solving skills with a proficiency for working with technology, you’ll be a confident communicator with the ability to explain technical concepts clearly to different audiences. In some areas you’ll need basic coding skills, while in others your logical approach, interest in data flows or knowledge of computer security or computer forensics, will be more important. With basic computer skills, you’ll be comfortable working at a computer for long periods and handling a range of written, numerical, image-based and audio data.

You will be expecting to receive at least a 2:2 degree or equivalent in a technology or wider STEM related subject by summer 2020. You should also be able to start permanent employment in autumn 2020. For the duration of the internship you must be able to live in or commute to central London.


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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

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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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