Government Economic Service Summer Vacation Placement Scheme 2018

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

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 Vacation placement scheme 2018 has now CLOSED (closing date was Wednesday 07 February at 12:00pm).

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

Eligibility requirements

In order to apply you must:

  • be a UK national, Commonwealth citizen, a Swiss national, or a member of the European Economic Area
  • if a holder of a student visa, be allowed under the conditions of this visa to undertake a full-time paid placement in the UK without a work permit
  • be on course for a 2:1 or 1st class degree, as indicated by exam results
  • not have already had a placement with the GES
  • be studying for:
    • a degree in economics or, if it is a joint degree, economics must comprise at least 50% of the total course
    • doing a Masters degree/Postgraduate Diploma in economics
    • a joint honours Undergraduate degree at a Scottish University, where at least 50% of the final 2 years of the course must be in economics
    • Philosophy Politics and Economics degree where at least 50% of the final 2 years of the course must be in economics

Placements are not open to first year undergraduates. If you have graduated, you will only be eligible if you are going on to do further study immediately after the placement.

How to apply

The Summer scheme 2018 is now closed and information on the 2019 summer scheme will be advertised early 2019.

Candidates who are successful at the sift stage are advised that they will not necessarily receive their highest preference of Department as some Departments 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.

Required information

You must submit the following information with your application:

  • all modules of undergraduate degree/postgraduate degree/diploma studied to date, including grades
  • the number of credits allotted to each module and total number of credits taken thus far (where applicable)
  • all economics modules marked as (Econ)
  • a preference for which department you wish to be placed in

You will also need to provide a reference from your university economics tutor, confirming your suitability, at the invitation to interview stage.

If you have visa status you must also send a copy of your visa with your application to show that it covers the period of the placement.

The competences section is an important part of the sift process. Please note: Do not send the application form before the opening date/time or after the closing date/time as it will not be accepted.

Application process

You must submit your application using the correct application form which will be available nearer to when the next scheme opens. Do not send your CV or cover letters. Please do not change the format of the live application form and ensure you complete your form fully, checking all sections have been completed before submitting as incomplete forms will not be considered.

Applicants for the 2018 scheme will be notified of the outcome of their application by mid-March 2018.

Candidates who are successful at the sift stage will be considered for interview.


The interview will assess your knowledge of macro and microeconomics, as well as general competencies such as team working.

Some sample macro and micro questions have been provided to help you prepare. You may also be required to complete a numeracy test, an example of which is available here and/or a written test.

Reserve applicants pool

If you are successful at the sift stage but not allocated to a department, you will be placed in a reserve pool.

If a department withdraws from the scheme, those applicants will also be placed in the reserve pool.

Contact Us

For more information please email where we endeavour to respond to your email within 5 working days.

Published 30 January 2014
Last updated 7 February 2018 + show all updates
  1. Summer scheme now closed- application form removed and text amnded to reflect this
  2. Application form has been added
  3. Job description and application guidance has been added. Application form to follow soon.
  4. Scheme has closed
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  6. 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.
  7. Details about 2016 application dates added.
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