Vacancy -- Up to 10 Brexit Interns

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Economy, Skills and Natural Resources
Energy, Planning and& Rural Affairs (EPRA)
Management Band 3 - £23,625 - £27,400
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
Up to 6 months with possibility of extension of a further 6 months. There is no scope to be made a permanent employee of the Welsh Government through this scheme.
Pan Wales
'Pan Wales' means that the location in which the vacancy can be based is flexible, subject to the needs of the business. A list of the Welsh Government's offices can be found on our website ( Please note it may not always be possible to accommodate a preference for a specific office location, but requests will be taken into consideration.
To be confirmed

Purpose of Post:

Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs (EPRA) are offering exciting internship opportunities for university undergraduates, graduates or post graduates to work on different subject areas to help the Welsh Government ensure Brexit is delivered effectively for Wales.  These roles provide opportunities to work at the heart of a challenging and fast moving environment which is helping to ensure that the people of Wales get the best deal once the UK leaves the EU. 

There will be a wide range of roles, which will link to EPRA policy teams and will enable you to gain practical, paid work experience in Welsh Government with involvement in high profile work around Brexit and its impact for Wales. 

Intern roles will require research around subjects, analysis of information, identifying key aspects of that information and submitting recommendations.  The work includes producing written drafts of various communications for staff at more senior level to consider.  There will be an opportunity for inter-governmental working with the UK Government and devolved administrations to support ERPA’s engagement in negotiations on a variety of policy areas.  Intern roles may also have an opportunity to support the Cabinet Secretary (ERPA) and Environment Minister

The work associated with these roles will be fast paced, varied and interesting. You could be posted to any one of the areas covered by the EPRA portfolio such as the Office of the Chief Veterinary Officer, farming, food, fisheries, forestry, waste, water, decarbonisation, animal and plan health or be involved in providing support in developing successor programmes for major EU driven funding programmes including the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP).

Individuals who are successful in their application for these roles will be posted to those areas where they will be able to make the greatest contribution and help them develop new skills and knowledge.   

Key tasks:

These posts offer an excellent opportunity for work experience in Welsh Government.  While there will be variances between posts, they will all require some or all of the following tasks:

  • Analytical and research – analysing information, use relevant research methods to identify and interpret relevant features and trends and providing recommendations on a way forward.
  • Undertaking Project and Programme Management (PPM) – providing support against complex projects, often to tight deadlines.
  • Policy support - support the development and delivery of work in EPRA which will contribute to the wider work around Brexit.
  • Operational support – assisting with the review of operational processes and procedures and providing support in how these can be used to provide a better service to customers and stakeholders throughout Wales.
  • Governance – support the implementation of new systems and processes that will operate after our exit from EU.
  • Legislation – provide support around the implementation and delivery of primary or secondary legislation.

Development opportunities:

These internships offer undergraduates, graduates and post-graduates the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge and behaviours that are essential for any civil service role within the UK Government or the rest of the public/private sector.  These internships are at the heart of how future policy will be drafted and negotiated and how these policies will be delivered across Wales following withdrawal from the EU.

Opportunities could include:

  • Exposure to how long term strategy is applied in workplace contexts
  • Creation of policy documents and helping turn policy into action;
  • Using relevant research methods to identify and interpret trends used to plan and implement Brexit issues;
  • Shadowing senior civil servants
  • Mentoring by civil servants
  • Personal development
  • Working with the Ministers Offices in a subject area which attracts wide political interest from all political parties.
  • Proactively making links and working with a wide range of Welsh Government teams and external partners including other Governments in the UK. 

Closing Date:

08/05/2018, 16:00

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government acknowledges the importance of developing and growing its bilingual workforce, and welcomes applications for any post from candidates who demonstrate their capability to work in both English and Welsh. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Not necessary to undertake the duties of this post

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria

Job Specific Criteria 

  1. Evidence of analysing and interpreting information from a range of sources and applying it to finding practical solutions.
  2. Evidence of strong written communication skills, particularly to a range of different audiences
  3. Experience of working collaboratively in a fast paced situation to support delivery of outcomes. 

Other Information

Duration of post - During that time you will be expected to remain as part of the Brexit flexible resource pool based in EPRA.  There is no scope to be made a permanent employee of the Welsh Government through this scheme.  

A pool of flexible Intern roles has been established in EPRA.  Staff in this pool will be deployed across EPRA to work on Brexit projects.

Location - these posts will be based at the following main Welsh Government offices: Cathays Park Cardiff; Aberystwyth; and Carmarthen.

Linda Newton 03000 255655 or Sarah Reid 03000 259081

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have a disability which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to a disability in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

This vacancy is closed to applications.