Early careers

Applications for our 2019 graduate and summer internship programmes are now open.

Apply to our graduate programme

Why our work matters

The 2007/08 global financial crisis showed us the importance of regulation in today’s globalised financial world. It showed the impact of financial services on people, businesses and economies and how the actions of businesses and regulators can impact the stability of markets worldwide. At the FCA, we’re working to minimise the risk of such crises reoccurring, and ensuring that firms are better prepared to deal with these situations. 

A competitive, healthy, transparent financial industry ultimately benefits everyone in society, and helps to protect the prosperity and security of future generations. 

The work we do makes a difference to people's lives

The health of financial markets impacts every one of us, affecting everything from economic stability to our ability to save or borrow money.

Graduate programmes

To give you the exposure you need to excel, our graduate programmes are made up of multiple rotations and an external secondment.

You’ll spend your first two years experiencing different parts of the FCA and growing your networks. At the same time, you’ll be collaborating with teams across your division, honing your skills and technical knowledge and developing a real insight into financial services. You’ll round out your experience with a final placement in industry.

Find out about the different programmes available to our graduates:

Summer internships

Our summer internship is your chance to work and learn alongside industry experts, giving you everything you need to decide whether a regulatory career is for you. If successful, you could also be offered a place on one of our graduate programmes for the following year.


Our apprenticeships offer you a 18-36 month opportunity to take part in key aspects of our day-to-day work, develop new skills and gain an industry leading qualification while you earn. We look for passion and integrity as well as ambition and aptitude. We don't require you to have previous work experience, but you will need to have attained 5 GCSEs (A-C) and 2 A-Levels.

Our offer to you

At the FCA you'll have the opportunity to make a difference, finding out how markets work, learning in detail how we develop and implement regulation and seeing how a wide variety of businesses function.

We also offer all of our graduates a competitive range of benefits, including:

  • access to the FCA Academy
  • career and family leave
  • a non-contributory pension
  • a minimum of 25 days’ holiday
  • interest-free season ticket loans
  • private healthcare
  • free eye tests
  • a subsidised on-site fitness centre (London only)
  • flexible working options
  • a performance-based bonus
  • charity and volunteering initiatives
  • sports and social clubs
  • a reflection and multi-faith room
  • a subsidised restaurant
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