Debora Mosso, a student at Queen's University Belfast, and Will McKeown, a student at Lancaster University, spent the 2023-24 academic year on placement in the NICS within the Waste Strategy Division (DAERA) and the Departmental Solicitors Office (DoF) respectively.
The Northern Ireland Civil Service has launched its 2024-25 Student Placement Competition, offering 150 placements across government departments.
The scheme, now recruiting for its fourth year, offers valuable experience for aspiring Civil Servants, providing an excellent opportunity for students to put into practice their classroom learning, develop personally and professionally and undertake meaningful work which directly impacts the lives of our citizens.
In turn the Civil Service also benefits from fresh views and skills and offers staff the opportunity to guide and share their professional experience to those who wish to pursue a career in public service after university.
Opportunities are available for students across a range of degree areas including accountancy, architecture, communications, economics, engineering, geographic information systems, planning, ICT, surveying and science. These are paid placements with an annual salary of £21,053 per annum (under review).
The competition is open to students currently studying towards an undergraduate degree, who will have successfully completed their second-year examinations by the end of the 2023/24 academic year and who have the opportunity to undertake a placement for the 2024/25 academic year.
The competition is open for applications from Monday 9 October until noon on Friday 27 October 2023 with placements expected to start late July/early September 2024 for a period of up to 51 weeks.
Further information on the range of placements and details on how to apply are available at www.nicsrecruitment.org.uk/studentplacements.