Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) EmployAbility Summer Internship Programme 2019




Start Date

Summer 2019


Stratford, London,UK


10 weeks


Students and graduates of any degree discipline


Paid - competitive


Midnight, Thursday 3rd January 2019

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 Internship Programme

Our ten-week summer internships offer a real insight into both the FCA and financial services. This is your chance to work and learn alongside industry experts as you gain real life experience of what we do and how we work. It’s everything you need to decide whether a regulatory career is for you.

You’ll also have the opportunity to give back through our corporate social responsibility day, and build your knowledge even further with our learning lunches. At the same time, you’ll be encouraged to meet and hear from our senior leaders at a series of speaker sessions. And you’ll be earning a competitive salary as you do it.

Successful interns could be offered a place on one of our graduate programmes at the end of the summer. We look for passion and integrity as well as ambition and aptitude. Although our internships are open to students from any background, we ask that you are in your penultimate year of study and are on track to gain a 2.1 degree, or equivalent.

EmployAbility and the Financial Conduct Authority are also offering Graduate Programme opportunities for finalists and graduates in the following divisions:

  • Supervision
  • Strategy and Competition
  • Internal Audit
  • Business and Technology Solutions
  • Enforcement and Market Oversight
  • Markets Policy and International
  • Economics

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 Internship 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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