Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) EmployAbility Summer Internship Programme 2015

Start Date

Summer 2015


Canary Wharf, London,UK


10 weeks


Students and graduates of any degree discipline


Paid - competitive


Midnight Sunday, 14 December 2014

EmployAbility is delighted to be working with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to offer disabled students and graduates the opportunity to apply for their Summer Internship Programme.

About the FCA

There’s hardly a person in the country whose life isn’t somehow impacted by the work of the Financial Conduct Authority.

Whether it’s regulating pensions providers, ensuring customers get a fair deal from their banks or clamping down on fraudulent businesses preying on the vulnerable, they are responsible for protecting and enhancing the integrity of the UK financial system. It’s a role as critical as it is all-encompassing. More than two million people are employed in financial or related professional services in the UK, and with new powers under the Financial Services Act, we can address conduct issues, publicly announce disciplinary action they’ve taken, and ban misleading promotions. Where necessary, they encourage firms to change their behaviour and help consumers understand action they’re taking.

It adds up to a dynamic and empowering place to work, and there’s never been a better time to join them. This really is a career where you can own what happens next. The solutions you help devise and implement will directly affect people’s lives, whether it’s individual consumers or some of the richest and most powerful financial organisations in the world. As a member of the FCA you can expect to find yourself across a table from the best of them. At times things can get tense. A lot, after all, is at stake. It’s not always easy representing the interests of fairness, integrity and open competition, but wherever you are you’ll have a team of supportive colleagues behind you.

Then there’s the variety. Individuals, small businesses, public and private companies, global corporations, we interact with them all. If it’s innovative and happening in financial services, chances are we’ll be involved somehow: advising, guiding, regulating, and where necessary enforcing.

Think you’re up to it? Do you have the curiosity to look beneath the surface, the backbone to stand up for what is right, combined with a commitment to professional excellence? Are you someone who’s on the case from the outset? If so, you could be in line to carve out a career as a future leader in our organisation and industry. They’re interested in meeting undergraduates and graduates from all backgrounds and walks of life, across all subjects. And whilst many of their people do indeed come from finance or economics based discipline, they’re more interested in your personal strengths: qualities such as judgement drive and influence.

About the FCA Summer InternshipProgramme

This 10-week summer internship offers an unparalleled insight into the FCA.

  • you'll get a feel for what they do and how they work, plus the chance to give something back, via their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project day
  • you'll also build your knowledge through our 'learning lunches' and benefit from working alongside industry experts
  • if you're thinking of a future graduate career with the FCA, this is the ideal place to start

What will I learn?

The FCA want you to get the most out of your time with them. They offer:

  • a real business role
  • a challenging ten-week project
  • opportunities to work alongside and learn from experienced professionals

Your line manager will oversee your work and be your in-house mentor. They will:

  • set your objectives
  • oversee your progress
  • give you on-the-job feedback, including formal appraisals

If you do a great job and decide that you want to join them permanently, at the end of your internship they'll talk to you about joining their graduate programme.

EmployAbility and the Financial Conduct Authority are also offering Graduate Programme opportunities for finalists and graduates.


The Application Process

Candidates apply through EmployAbility but each applicant is assessed against the FCA's core competencies and selected through the FCA's recruitment process. Successful candidates are hired directly on to the Garduate Programme and participate in every aspect of it.

If you have any extenuating circumstances or require further information about the programme, please contact Justin Penney on +44 (0)7776 090 508 or email

This programme is now closed for applications.

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