Earlier this year I took part in the Early Diversity Internship Programme (EDIP) run by the Civil Service Fast Stream. Inspired by the Fast Stream’s award-winning positive action programme for second and third year students – the Summer Diversity Internship programme – the EDIP allows first year students from BME and/or low socio-economic backgrounds to shadow current fast streamers. The Fast Stream is an option for me once I graduate, so I thought that this internship would give me a good idea of whether I could see myself working there in the future.
Each intern was placed in one or two governmental departments; I was placed in HMRC and the Department for Communities and Local Government. Throughout the week, my tasks included writing up summaries of think tank reports, attending meetings and analysing the party manifestos to identify policies that would affect certain departments.
Another reason why I wanted to take part in this internship was because of the network sessions and skills workshops they had to offer. Before this internship I wanted to improve my networking skills, and the multiple networking opportunities throughout the week enabled me to do so. We were also given a taste of what happens at the assessment centre if we were to apply for the Fast Stream, which is a crucial part of the recruitment process.
The EDIP gave me a fascinating insight of the Fast Stream and the work of the Civil Service and I am planning to apply for the Summer Diversity Internship Programme for their 2016 intake.
Applications for both positive action programmes open on 12th October 2015 and close on 30th November 2015. For more information, please visit https://www.gov.uk/civil-service-fast-stream-early-diversity-internship-programme
– Charlotte Sharman is a second year Politics and International Relations student, and the brand ambassador for the Civil Service Fast Stream on campus.