Fast Stream Your Future is a social mobility coaching programme which helps undergraduate students who would like to apply for the Civil Service’s Early Diversity Internship Programme (EDIP), Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP) or Fast Stream graduate programme with their applications. Fast Stream Your Future is open to undergraduate students from any discipline, who are keen to work for the Civil Service. It is a free programme.

The EDIP is a week-long internship, taking place in Spring each year. Successful applicants are placed in a government department and will shadow Civil Servants as they go about their day to day work, as well as attend networking sessions and skills workshops.

The SDIP is a six to nine week work placement, taking place between June and September each year. Successful applicants are placed in a government department and do challenging project-related work such as: conducting research, providing project support, assisting with the creation of policy documents, shadowing senior Civil Servants and much more.

These internships are a great way to learn whether a career in the Civil Service is for you, and it is also a good foundation for applying to the Civil Service Fast Stream (CSFS), which is the graduate programme.

The Fast Stream includes a three or four year training scheme, which combines moving between departments to get a taste of the impact you can make across the government. The programme enables you to join the Civil Service at HEO Grade, and promotion is expected quickly.


In order to be eligible for Fast Stream Your Future, you must be:

  • An undergraduate student, from any subject discipline,
  • From a lower socioeconomic group - this might include eligibility for free school meals, being in the first generation in your family to go to university, or the experience of other forms of social disadvantage.


The programme is open to European Economic Area (EEA) nationals (including British citizens), Commonwealth citizens, Swiss nationals and, in some cases, Turkish nationals.
For further details, read the Civil Service nationality rules.


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