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2023 summer interns - developing the capability framework

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Leaving university can feel both exciting and daunting, you've acquired valuable skills but the question of where to apply them can leave you with a sense of uncertainty. I decided to apply for the summer internship programme to gain experience and provide a steer within my professional career. 

Diverse experiences and personal growth

I joined the Central Digital and Data Office (CDDO), working alongside the Capability Framework team who play a vital role in shaping the skills and competencies required for a digital and data-driven government. Being a part of the team provided me with the exposure to a dynamic and evolving landscape which helped me facilitate my personal and professional growth. 

Working on numerous tasks allowed me to gain hands-on experience in helping drive digital transformation through shaping frameworks. I was also given the opportunity to engage frequently with stakeholders which allowed me to better understand the needs and expectations of departments across government. 

As an Economics graduate, I was equipped with a broad canvas to apply my analytical skills in various capacities. From understanding policy development to reviewing the membership of the capability framework design council, I was tasked with finding a better solution to how we can improve governance. This exposure allows you to broaden your skill set through learning a multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving. 

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The programme offers a unique blend of hands-on experience, career development and the chance to make a real difference in society. Working alongside like-minded people gives you the opportunity to network with professionals from various backgrounds as well as ensuring you receive guidance and support from experienced civil servants. Your experience within the Civil Service will provide a strong foundation for your career journey and the internship programme is the perfect place to start! 

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