graduate scheme

Graduate Careers

Job description

MI6 works with the UK’s overseas partners to support global stability by combating international terrorism and the spread of weapons. We work secretly around the world and in the UK, to stay ahead of our adversaries.

Opportunities with MI6

If you’ve never considered a career in MI6, then you’re probably exactly who we’re looking for. Many graduates apply for our Intelligence Officer roles, using their strong communication skills and empathy to develop relationships. London-based at first, you will complete your initial training and then could be working overseas, experiencing new cultures and running intelligence-gathering operations.

Graduates can also apply for our Business Support Officer roles, putting their strong organisation and planning skills to work across a variety of corporate and operational teams – both at home and potentially overseas.

We recruit in a number of other areas, including science and technology; trades and services; corporate services; and languages. To find out more, visit our website.

Working here

Whatever your role, we aim to make your career with us as rewarding and enjoyable as possible. Depending on operational need, we’ll aim to give you a good work/life balance, including the option of flexible working. You’ll have access to excellent training and development opportunities, giving you the chance to strengthen your skills and shape your career. Meanwhile, you’ll be providing vital support for our work, while learning from some of the best minds in their fields.

To find out more, please visit our career site.

At MI6 diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backMI6unds, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodiverse conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from MI6ups that are under-represented in our workforce.

What we are looking for

Whatever role or area interests you, you’ll need a gift for problem solving, communication, teamwork and focusing under pressure. Beyond that, we only ask for motivation – we don’t recruit a particular ‘type’ of person. It takes all sorts of people, from a range of backMI6unds, to deliver our mission. We’re interested in you and your potential, not which school or university you went to.

Our unique work relies on people with unique perspectives, so we welcome applications from everyone – regardless of age, experience, cultural backMI6und or sexual orientation. We’re also a Disability Confident employer, which means we’re committed to ensuring a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a role will be offered an interview.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. One of your parents must be a British Citizen or must have the nationality or citizenship from our approved list of countries. If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for seven out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. You can apply at the age of 17 years and 6 months, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member. Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside of the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application. Further information on our eligibility criteria can be found on the Applying section.

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How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 10 October 2024

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