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About GCHQ

Here at GCHQ, we have a clear purpose – we want to help protect the UK. We work against cyber-attacks, terrorism and espionage.

So, everyone who works here, works towards that goal. But we always do it together, supporting each other every step of the way. We’re proud to collaborate, and even prouder to work with purpose. We also work closely with our British Intelligence partners. It means you'll have one of the most interesting careers there is to offer.

That’s why we recruit for a wide range of graduate roles such as language analysts and intelligence analysts, and areas including mathematics and cryptography, finance, procurement and project management. We run regular campaigns for technology and engineering roles, including software engineers and computer network operations – not to mention others.

We recruit graduates from a variety of degree disciplines into multiple areas. Some of the opportunities are mentioned above. Look out for our paid summer placement opportunities in languages, mathematics, cyber security, procurement, technology and more. These are often advertised in the autumn. We also offer a software engineering degree apprenticeship and a CyberFirst degree apprenticeship. We even offer a CyberFirst student bursary. CyberFirst supports your personal development and allows you to learn in a community of curious people.

At GCHQ, you’ll be developing new skills while protecting your country.

We welcome applications from everyone – regardless of age, experience, cultural background or sexual orientation. We do have some strict nationality, residency and security requirements, but these are all to help keep you safe. You need to be a British citizen, (dual nationality is fine in many cases) and have lived in the UK for more than 8.5 years. If you’ve been living overseas due to your parent’s work for example you may still be eligible to apply. Our rigorous, but fair, vetting process can take up to nine months and you must be over 18 when you join us. We’re also a Disability Confident employer, dedicated to providing guaranteed interviews to all disabled candidates who meet our minimum criteria.


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    The majority of our graduates are based at our HQ in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire but we also offer opportunities in London, Scarborough, Bude, Harrogate and Greater Manchester
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