Government Economic Service Summer Scheme

The GES summer placement scheme is aimed at economics students who are considering a career in the GES after graduation.

The Government Economic Service (GES) Summer Placement scheme is now closed. Please register your interest to be notified when our 2025 scheme opens.

Are you an economics undergraduate in your penultimate year on track for a 2:1 or above? Do you want to gain practical experience and use your economics skills to make a difference? Join the UK Government for a paid summer placement.  

Summer placements last 6-12 weeks over the summer period and are paid. The scheme offers a unique opportunity to gain practical experience working in the Civil Service, applying economics to issues that matter. 

Placements take place in a variety of UK Government departments and can involve analysing data, providing advice on policy options, or preparing briefings for officials and ministers. Many summer placement students have come back to join us for a permanent role after finishing their degree.  


London Minimum: £24,380, National Minimum: £22,440 (salaries vary according to department and location)  


Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Darlington, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Newport, Sheffield, Titchfield (Fareham), Treforest (Pontypridd), Wolverhampton, York (locations vary according to government department.)

About the Government Economic Service (GES

We are the professional body for economists in the Civil Service. With over 3,500 members, we are the largest recruiter of economists in the country. We recruit student, graduate, and apprentice economists and support their professional development in more than 50 government departments in locations across the UK.  

The work of GES economists has been integral to understanding and responding to fast-moving events such as Covid-19, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and changes in financial markets. Economic analysis is central to policymaking on long-term challenges such as climate change, education, biodiversity and inequality. 

Join our online Q&A Session 

Join our Q&A session to find out more about the application process and what it is like to be a student economist in government. The online session will take place on: 

Monday 15 January 2024, 13.00-14.00. Click here to join the meeting  

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: 

  • be an economics undergraduate student in their penultimate year (i.e. year before the final year of study) who are on course for a 2:1 or 1st class degree, as demonstrated by their first year exam results.
  • be studying for an undergraduate degree in economics or a joint degree where economics comprises at least 50% of the total course, studied so far
  • be studying for a degree which includes Macro and Microeconomics.
  • have the right to work in the UK.

Individuals will need to demonstrate that they meet the relevant immigration requirements and their eligibility under the Civil Service Nationality Rules (CSNRs). Nationality requirements are explained in more detail on the Civil Service nationality rules webpage

Please note: We do not offer sponsorships for our schemes. 

How to Apply 

The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. 

During the application process you will be asked to complete an online numeracy test. 

Please note: The test deadline is the same as the application deadline. 

The GESR Recruitment Team work Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Therefore, technical support will not be available outside of these hours. 

Candidates who are unsuccessful at the sift stage will not be given any feedback or comments. If you do not hear from us within 2 months of deadline, please assume your application has been unsuccessful. 

Please note that some departments require candidates to have a UK footprint for 5 years to get security clearance, including the Home Office, Ministry of Defence and Office for National Statistics. 

Example resources for applicants 

For further information about the recruitment process, please read our 2024 Application Guidance Notes (ODT, 44.3 KB). New guidance will be published in January 2024. 

Details about the kind of role you could be working in during your summer placement can be found in the attached 2024 Job descriptions (ODT, 217 KB). New job roles will be published in January 2024. 

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 departments will expect several years’ service before retirement. 

Contact point for applicants 

GESR Recruitment Team: 

Social media 

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





Complaints procedure 

Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment based on fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact GESR by email at:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission, which regulates all Civil Service recruitment. For further information on the Recruitment Principles, and bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission, please visit their website at:

Updates to this page

Published 30 January 2014
Last updated 25 January 2024 + show all updates
  1. The 2024 Government Economic Service Summer Scheme has now closed.

  2. Additional information has been added to the Eligibility Requirements section of this article.

  3. The Government Economic Service Summer Scheme is now open and details on how to apply for this years scheme have been added.

  4. Information on how to register your interest for the upcoming scheme has been added.

  5. New Q&A date added - 21 March

  6. Extended deadline from 20 March to 27 March

  7. Added section on our role in government and what we are looking for

  8. Link to this vacancy on Civil Service Jobs and Application guidance pack added

  9. Our 'commitment to you paragraph' removed.

  10. Webpage updated to say 2023 summer scheme due to open for applications w/c 27 February 2023

  11. 2022 scheme open to 29 March 2022

  12. 2021 scheme has been cancelled

  13. 2021 scheme withdrawn

  14. The scheme has now closed.

  15. link to application form added

  16. information on the 2020 scheme dates and job descriptions included

  17. The 2020 scheme will open in February 2020 rather than Winter 2019.

  18. Social Media links added

  19. Updated job descriptions document

  20. Updated job descriptions document

  21. Added 'Job description' document

  22. Added Job description doc

  23. The GES Summer Student 2019 scheme will be at 12pm on Tuesday 05 Feb and close at 12pm on Thursday 14th Feb.

  24. I have replaced the title with 2019, replaced first line which was 'Information for students...' with 'This scheme is only open..' I have also removed the third line 'The GES Summer Vacation..' with 'The GES Summer Student 2019 scheme will be opening soon!'

  25. Summer scheme now closed- application form removed and text amnded to reflect this

  26. Application form has been added

  27. Job description and application guidance has been added. Application form to follow soon.

  28. Scheme has closed

  29. scheme details have been updated

  30. Details of the 2017 GES summer vacation placement scheme will be posted here in the week commencing 23 January. The scheme will open for receipt of applications on Wednesday 8 February.

  31. Details about 2016 application dates added.

  32. First published.

Sign up for emails or print this page