160 student placement opportunities available – Murphy

Date published: 07 March 2022

Finance Minister Conor Murphy today launched the latest Civil Service student placement scheme, offering 160 placements across government departments.

This year sees a 60% increase in the number of opportunities available for students across a range of areas including accountancy, architecture, engineering, communications, ICT, law and policy. 

Launching the scheme, Minister Murphy said: “I am delighted we are able to offer students the opportunity to gain valuable experience within the civil service. 

 “This year we have over 60 extra places available, helping even more students develop skills and gain practical experience in a professional working environment. A placement in the Civil Service will enhance a student’s career prospects in whatever field of employment they want to work in. 

 “I hope the students who secure one of the 160 places on offer will consider the civil service as a career where they can make a difference to society.

 “I would encourage all eligible students to consider applying and make the most of this opportunity.”

Welcoming the scheme which will provide opportunities for students within her Department, Infrastructure Minister Mallon said: “My Department provides a wide range of public services and therefore has a lot to offer students who want to work and learn about essential services and the civil service.    Students who have spent their year out in the Department have really benefitted from the experience and opportunities they gained over that time.   Listening to their feedback, I  know they have enjoyed their time working in the public sector and the part they have played in improving the lives of citizens.”

The scheme is open to students currently studying towards an undergraduate degree, who will have successfully completed their second year examinations by the end of the 2021/22 academic year and who have the opportunity to undertake a placement for the 2022/23 academic year. 

The scheme is open for applications from Monday 7th March to noon on Friday 18th March 2022 with placements expected to start late August/early September. These are paid placements with an annual salary of £18,783 per annum.

Further information on the range of placements and details on how to apply are available at www.nicsrecruitment.org.uk/studentplacements

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