Early careers

Whether you’re finishing school, studying at university or have already entered the world of work, we offer you the chance to start your career and make a real difference.

Graduate programmes

Applications for our 2021 graduate programmes are now closed. We will reopen for our 2022 vacancies in autumn 2021.

Programmes now closed: 

  • Data Science - gain a deeper understanding of data and learn how we use it to protect the public
  • Economics - develop essential insights to support the evaluation and planning of our policies
  • Strategy and Competition - use intelligence gathering and policy expertise to shape regulation
  • Supervision - review and assess individuals and firms working in financial services

For 2021, we will not have any open graduate vacancies for the following programmes:

  • Cyber & Information Resilience - defend against hackers and help firms prevent data breaches
  • Enforcement - investigate firms and hold them accountable for any serious misconduct
  • Human Resources - use your skills to build strong relationships and drive transformational change
  • International - develop our strategy for engaging and influencing international organisations
  • Market Oversight - tackle market abuse and oversee stock market transactions and trading
  • Technology & Change - design and test technological solutions to help us evolve for the future

Summer internships

Applications for our general summer internship 2021 are now closed. Applications for the following programmes are now closed.

Our 10-week summer internship offers you the chance to work and learn alongside industry professionals, giving you everything you need to decide whether a career with us is right for you. We offer both a generalist internship route as well as programmes specifically for data science and technology and change. If successful, you could be offered a place on one of our 2022 graduate programmes.

How to apply

To be eligible to apply for any of our graduate or summer internship programmes, you must have obtained or be on track to achieve a 2:1 degree or above from any university. We no longer have a requirement for UCAS points.

Application processes differ depending on the type of role you apply for. Find out about what to expect in our application process. If you have any queries about your application please call 0207 654 7202.

To find out more about our commitment to candidate adjustments through the recruitment process and what we can offer please see our video below.

EmployAbility support with internship and graduate programmes

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In addition to the various access, internship and graduate programmes we run, we are able to offer short term placements for the completion of specific research projects to students completing Masters degrees in Public Policy, where the completion of such a placement and research project in a public body is necessary to fulfil the requirements of the degree. We invite university administrators and directors of such programmes to contact us via [email protected] if they would like to propose placing students with us.

Why I chose the FCA

Hear our colleagues explain why they chose a career that matters


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 2021 apprenticeship scheme are now open. For further information please visit our Apprenticeship page.