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Summer Placements 2021

Posted: 9 Dec 2020 Closes: 7 Feb 2021
Exeter, GB Salary £17,900 pa
Temporary met-office/20201209113457

The Met Office will be opening its doors to welcome motivated university students on a 10-week paid internship in the summer of 2021. This is an exciting opportunity to work alongside experts in their fields; gaining hands-on experience and skills, a valuable insight into the things we do as well as make a real impact.

Why should I choose the Met Office?:

There are a range of placements to suit different skills and interests on offer for the summer of 2021 including Science, Marketing and Communications, Observations and Forecasting. Whatever placement you choose to apply for, they all offer the chance to develop professionally with a globally recognised organisation.

As well as receiving a salary equivalent of £17,900 per annum, there are other benefits to joining our summer placement scheme such as:

  • 5 days (45.5 hours) paid holiday
  • Free, onsite parking
  • On site gym, restaurant and cafe
  • Meeting new people and experiencing new challenges in a friendly, inclusive and collaborative working environment
  • A prestigious organisation to add to your CV!

Who are we?:

The Met Office is the national meteorological service for the UK. We provide critical weather services and world-leading climate science, helping you make better decisions to stay safe and thrive. We deliver our services through exceptional scientific, technological and operational expertise. Behind this is a team of excellent people, working to deliver extraordinary impact, making us one of the most trusted forecasters in the world.

As a world-leading weather and climate service, we work with Government, the military, utility companies and many others, sharing our expert scientific knowledge and advice.

Around the clock, around the world, people need to know more about how the weather and climate will affect them now and in the future. Our knowledge helps people make informed decisions on everything from investments to how to protect life and property.

Anything else I need to know?:

Most of our placements will be based at the Exeter office however we may request working remotely in line with the latest Government guidance.

To make a real difference, we need the very best people and a culture to match. The summer placement scheme forms part of a wider aim to invest in future talent. In many cases, those who have undertaken a summer placement have gone on to join the Met Office through other schemes after completing their education or those who do a summer placement as a recent graduate have applied for other internal opportunities during their summer placement and started their career with us.

Please note: If you intend to use your placement towards your University course/module, there are some guidelines we have in place around what is suitable to be included in any reports, including crown copyright guidance. If you feel this may be an issue, please get in touch with our resourcing team to discuss before applying either on 0330 135 3000 or

Can I apply?:

In order to be able to apply for any of our summer placements, you must:

  • Be able to start the placement on the 12th July 2021 and commit to the full 10-week period
  • Be enrolled with a university on an undergraduate level degree (this could be to start next September, currently studying at university of graduating in 2021)
  • Be able to demonstrate as much evidence as possible against the essential criteria of the placement you choose to apply for

How do I apply?:

There are 2 steps…

  • Take a look at the document attached which contains details of the placements we able to offer for 2021 and then choose one placement. There will be the opportunity to mention up to 2 other placements that you are also interested in on the application form which you may be considered for at a later date should you be a reserve candidate. This is not a guarantee so please apply for your preferred placement as you can only apply once.
  • Click "Apply Now" above to submit your application via the Met Office website.  Please also refer to the Met Officer careers page to view details of the 20 placements available:

Top Tip: As you can only apply once, we encourage you to apply to the placement that best suits your skill set, interests and previous learning.

When will I hear if I have been shortlisted?:

We will be accepting applications until 7th February 2021. You can expect to hear from us before the 24th February once the hiring manager has reviewed all the applications received for their placement. We often receive a high number of applications so it can take a little while to look at each one but we always let people know the outcome.  The next stage is an interview (likely to be via Skype at the early/mid March) and that’s it! Good luck!

Additional Information:

Most of our summer placements are normally based at the Exeter office (unless stated otherwise) however we may request working remotely in line with the latest Government guidance.

This recruitment post is not offering UK Visa and Sponsorship and therefore requires all applicants to be eligible to work within the UK / EU without restriction. If you are a non–EU candidate, you will be required to provide and attach all relevant eligibility documentation to your application at the time of applying.

Please note that successful candidate/s will be required to satisfactorily undergo clearance checks. The attached list of placements indicates what clearance checks and eligibility is required for each placement.

We recognise that Great Minds Don’t Think Alike. Consequently, the Met Office is committed to working towards being a more diverse and inclusive organisation and to valuing and utilising visible and invisible individual differences. This includes continually striving to create a positive and open environment in which to work, along with ensuring that there are no barriers implicit in our policies or procedures preventing people from performing to the best of their ability. We are a “Disability Confident” employer, Mindful Employer, and we hold an Athena Swan Bronze award for our work on gender equality. We are proud to have a variety of staff-led networks who constantly work with us to enable everyone to fulfil their full potential. We are taking measures throughout our Recruitment process to tackle unconscious bias, and we apply the Civil Service Code to ensure that everyone is recruited on merit, fairness and open competition.

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