Environment & Science - Summer Diversity Internship Programme 2024

Environment Agency
🌎 Location
💵 Salary

£20,507 - £25,000

🗓️ Posted

November 7, 2023

England, UK

We are inspiring the people we work with to help the country to not only survive but thrive through the challenges of a changing climate. We want to keep people safe and protect the things that matter to us all – our natural spaces, our wildlife and our future.

We are committed to making our organisation as diverse as the environment and represents the communities we serve. Our society and environment are changing, bringing us new challenges all the time. We need a diverse workforce to help us deliver better for the different communities we serve.

Joining the Environment Agency provides you with the opportunity to pursue many career paths whilst you are with us – developing complementary skills in frontline place-based delivery, shaping and influencing future strategic direction and providing inspirational and creative leadership.

Job Description

Do you want to be part of a life-enhancing organisation that puts you at its heart, and aims for transformative action?

Are you part of the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than you found it?

The Environment Agency has exciting opportunities for you to do just that.

Our 12-week Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP) gives you the opportunity to gain valuable experience whilst complementing your studies and personal and professional growth. SDIP is a positive action measure as listed in the Equality Act 2010 to help people overcome certain barriers and improve representation across our workforce. If you are from a diverse background and eligible for this scheme, we would love to hear from you.

This could lead to various career pathways across the Environment Agency and kick-start your future! You'll be working on challenging and varied projects that really matter and will make a difference.

You could be in a role that develops your:
-People leadership
-Inclusive behaviours
-Relationship management
-Problem solving
-Continuous improvement
-Use of digital technology
-Corporate knowledge
-Awareness of sustainability

The support you get includes:
-A dedicated 12-week programme, and programme delivery team who will support your development
-Pastoral support through mentors, office buddies, intern community, and access to the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic network and supporting services
-An internship-specific welcome event with lots of engagement activities and guest speakers, and a closing event to celebrate the successes of every intern
-Access to a range of training and development courses

Behavioural Based Assessment
Within 24 hours of your application submission, you will receive a link to complete an assessment through Artic Shores. Information on next steps will be included in the email. See the candidate pack for more information on the process.

The Team

The Environment Agency operates across England divided into 14 areas and National teams. We have opportunities across both local and national teams.

You’ll be involved in the delivery of exciting projects and a varied range of work, all of which will enhance your skills and knowledge. You will learn about our organisation, gaining insight to develop ideas for a future career.


You will be someone with a genuine interest in the environment and be passionate about creating a better place for people and wildlife. You will be flexible in your approach and have determination to make positive change happen.

We are looking for applicants with a variety of skills and behaviours, and willingness to develop within new areas.

We will ask about your preferences in the application form, and we will contact you to find out more about your interests and align these to the roles we have to offer.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this Internship you will need to meet ALL the following criteria:

Criteria 1

-You are from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background*
-You are a UK, Commonwealth or EEA national
-You have the right to work in the UK
*Criteria is based on the Government’s agreed list of ethnic groups as used in the 2021 Census and includes ‘Asian or British Asian’, ‘Black, Black British, Caribbean or African’, ‘Mixed or multiple ethnic groups’ and ‘any other ethnic group’. To see a detailed list of the ethnic groups eligible for this internship please review https://www.ethnicity-facts-figures.service.gov.uk/ethnic-groups

Criteria 2

-You are in your final year of an undergraduate degree or master's degree programme
You have graduated from an undergraduate degree or master's degree programme within the last 12 months (from June 2023)

Criteria 3

-You are studying or have studied a degree in any subject*, though we are particularly keen to hear from you if you studied within a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) discipline.
*If successful, you will be required to give evidence of your qualification (expected or awarded).

Salary & Benefits

£20,507 Pro-rata

We offer an extensive range of employee benefits and the opportunity to progress your career with us via professional training routes such as apprenticeships and degree programmes.

After you have submitted your application, you will be sent a link to access a site called Arctic Shores. This will take you to an online assessment for you to complete. The next steps will be explained, and you can take the test at a time convenient for you. If you think you may require any reasonable adjustments, please contact 0345 241 5350 (Option 3).

The Environment Agency are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies.

Everyone starting in a new role will be welcomed into the team and given all the training/support needed. After a comprehensive induction, you will be provided with all the equipment required for your role.

For questions relating to these roles, contact eatalent@environment-agency.gov.ukThis vacancy closes on 27 November 2023, interviews will be held from 20 November. We encourage you to submit your application early.

Environment Agency

Environment & Science - Summer Diversity Internship Programme 2024

£20,507 - £25,000


England, UK


Climate & Sustainability



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