Government Economic Service Summer Scheme 2020

This scheme is only open to students in their penultimate year of undergraduate study and who are on track for a 2:1 or 1st class degree.

Application guidance

Job descriptions

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The Government Economic Service (GES) summer scheme is aimed at economics students who are considering a career in the GES after graduation. The placements generally last between 6 and 12 weeks and take place over the summer period.

The GES summer scheme 2020 has been withdrawn due to COVID-19. The next scheme will be advertised in January 2021.

You can find out more about the type of work available to students by reading these case studies by former students.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible applicants must have:

  • the right to work in the UK
  • be studying for a degree in economics or a joint degree where economics comprises at least 50% of the total course, studied so far
  • you must also be on course for a 2:1 or 1st class degree. (based on your 1st year results)

More information on the eligibility criteria can be found in our Application guidance Application guidance (PDF, 148KB, 3 pages).

How to Apply

Applications for the 2020 scheme is now closed. The next scheme will open in January 2021.


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 between March to April (dates differ between departments) and are done on a face-to-face basis.

Sample interview questions and numeracy test examples are provided on the Interview examples and Numeracy test examples pages.

Equal opportunities

Equal Opportunities At the GES we welcome applications from anyone with the necessary qualifications, regardless of sex, marital status, race, colour, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, or, in Northern Ireland, community background. There are no age limits, but employing departments will expect several years’ service before retirement.

Social media

Please follow our social media accounts to keep up to date with relevant information.





Complaints procedure

Complaints must be submitted in writing/email and addressed to:

Head of GESR Recruitment
GESR Team, 1 Blue
HM Treasury,
1 Horse Guards Road
London SW1A 2HQ

Please provide the fullest account possible of the circumstances surrounding your complaint.

If you do not submit your complaint within a year after the campaign took place, we will not be obliged to consider it.

Our commitment to you

  • we will aim to acknowledge your complaint within three working days of its receipt
  • we will take your complaint seriously, give it high priority and investigate it fully and impartially
  • we will aim to send you a full written response to your complaint within 20 working days of its receipt. If this is not possible, we will let you know, and explain why
  • if your complaint is upheld, we shall take action to ensure that the event complained does not recur
  • if your complaint is not upheld, we will advise you of options for pursuing it further, should you wish to do so
Published 30 January 2014
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