GCHQ’s Cyber Insights Summer School

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This years’ opportunity is only open to people from an ethnic minority background, or those identifying as female (from any background).

The 2023 Summer School will initially take place using virtual classroom-based learning. Physical attendance is required as part of the programme in Cheltenham from mid-July to early August 2023.

£300 per week - plus paid accommodation for the Cheltenham based ‘in person’ element.

A summer that’ll turn your passion into a career.

Spend your next summer break boosting your cyber skills. Learning from world-class experts. And gaining insights into how we use technology to help keep the UK safe. Every day, we work with other intelligence agencies, protecting the UK from threats including serious organised crime, terrorism, and cyber attacks. What we do is unique – and next summer, you could have the chance to take part in it.

During our 10-week programme, we’ll welcome you into the world of cyber operations, and help you develop your existing knowledge and passion into new, impressive skills. You’ll learn alongside others in your supportive cohort, through a blend of interactive lectures, workshops and practical exercises – all supported by our in-house experts. We’ll give you your own projects to work on too, both individually and in groups. And we’ll even organise social activities, so you can get to know your peers better and really make the most of your summer.

Motivated and eager to learn, that’s you. You’re excited about spending your summer with some of the best minds in cyber. And you’re ready to use your passion for all things tech to solve unique problems.

To join, you’ll need to:

  • Identify as female, or be from an ethnic minority background
  • Be working towards a minimum 2:2 degree in a STEM subject, a joint honours degree that includes a STEM subject, or a post-graduate degree in a STEM subject
  • Be on track to graduate between summers 2024-2027
  • Have a basic understanding of a programming language like Python, C, JavaScript or similar

At GCHQ, you’ll find an inclusive and supportive environment, where we’re committed to helping you succeed. It’s how we keep our teams strong, and our nation safe. And it’s why this year our Cyber Insights Summer School is only open to candidates from ethnic minority backgrounds and those who identify as female as these groups are currently under-represented in our workforce. We’re also proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. If you have a disability, or identify as neurodivergent, and want to talk about any reasonable adjustments we can make, just let us know when you make your application.

On completion of the Summer School, you may want to consider applying to some of our other programmes, such as an 11-week summer placement in 2024, an Industry year placement, or even join us in full-time employment through one of our open campaigns. Availability of these opportunities will depend on where you are in relation to completing your degree.

Click here to find out more and apply.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. 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, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. Full eligibility details can be found on our website.



GCHQ - the Government Communications Headquarters - works in association with MI5 and MI6 to make up the UK's National Intelligence Machinery.

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