NI Civil Service offers 140 student placements at £19,121 a year

Alexandra Crabtree, a student at Ulster University, is currently on a science placement with the NI Civil Service, working in trace organics within the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

THE Northern Ireland Civil Service is offering jobs for 140 people in its 2023 Student Placement Scheme.

Opportunities are available for students across a range of degree areas including accountancy, architecture, engineering, communications, ICT, law and policy.

And this year for the first time, placements are available for students studying psychology, electrical engineering and structural engineering.

Those on placement are paid an annual salary of £19,121 (under review).

The jobs will be spread across a range of government departments, including the Departments of Finance (DoF), Infrastructure (DfI), Education (DE), Communities (DfC), Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), Economy (DfE) and Justice (DOJ), as well as the Executive Office (TEO).

The scheme is open to students currently studying towards an under-graduate degree, who will have successfully completed their second year examinations by the end of the 2022/23 academic year and who have the opportunity to undertake a placement for the 2023/24 academic year.

The scheme has now opened for applications, which must be submitted by noon on Friday December 9, with placements expected to start late August/early September.

The majority of the student placement posts will be in the Greater Belfast area, but this competition will also be used to fill vacancies in other office locations across the north.

The NICS operates a hybrid working policy, offering a mix of working from the office and other agreed locations depending on the needs of the business.

Further information on the range of placements and details on how to apply are available at