Government Economic Service Summer Vacation Placement Scheme 2019

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.

The Government Economic Service (GES) summer vacation placement 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 Student 2019 scheme will be opening soon! Date TBC (Jan/Feb 2019).

Application Guidance

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 studying for a degree in economics or a joint degree where economics comprises at least 50% of the course so far. 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 read the application guidance carefully before you apply.

The application form and details of participating department information will be available here nearer the time.

Candidates who are successful at the sift stage are advised that you will be randomly allocated to any of the participating departments.

Please note that some departments require candidates to have a UK footprint for 3 years in order to get security clearance i.e. HO, HMT, MHCLG, MoJ and possibly other departments.


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 May (dates differ between departments) and are done on a face-to-face basis. Sample interview questions are provided on the ‘interview examples’ page.

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.

Complaints procedure

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

Head of GESR Operations
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 three months of the action complained of, we will not normally be obliged to consider it. If there are exceptional circumstances (e.g. an event coming to light more than three months after it occurred, and which was unknown to you at the time), we may consider a complaint outside this period.

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
Last updated 26 November 2018 + show all updates
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