The Government Economic Service Sandwich Student Placement Scheme

Information for students who wish to apply for a place on the Government Economic Service (GES) Sandwich Student Placement Scheme.


Application process and guidance

Government Economic Service sandwich student placement job descriptions

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The GES Sandwich Student Placement Scheme for 2019-20 will be advertised during Summer 2018.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible applicants must be studying for a degree in economics or a joint degree where economics comprises at least 50% of the total course. They must also be on course for a 2:1 or 1st class degree.

More information on the eligibility criteria can be found in our Application guidance.

How to Apply

Please ensure you have read the Application Guidance carefully before making your application.

Candidates who are successful at the sift stage are advised that they will not necessarily receive their highest preference of Department as some are more popular than others. Occasionally, a Department might withdraw from the Scheme before placements are offered. In such cases, candidates allocated to that department will be placed in a reserve pool.


Candidates who are successful at the sift stage will be invited for interview at one of the participating Departments. Interviews are likely to take place in November/December 2016 and are done on a face-to-face basis. Sample interview questions can be found attached.

Equal Opportunities

The Civil Service is an Equal Opportunities employer. Candidates with disabilities (as defined in the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act) can choose to declare on their application form that they require adjustments at interview, for which we can make a range of provisions. Please contact us should you have any questions regarding this – we would be happy to help.

We are interested in your skills and aptitudes. We have no preferences for particular backgrounds or universities. We want to reflect the diversity of the country we serve.

Published 4 September 2015
Last updated 6 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. application form in word format added
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  3. 2018/19 application added in PDF format
  4. The Government Economic Service 2017-18 sandwich student placement scheme is now closed.
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  6. Updated with details on how to apply for a 2017/18 Government Economic Service sandwich student placement.
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