Are you looking to launch your career as an NCA officer? From apprenticeships to internships and student placements, there are plenty of entry-level opportunities to join our team.

Work Experience Programme

An exciting opportunity is now open for interested university students and school leavers to apply for a place on the 18+ work experience programme with the NCA.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to attend an NCA venue, meet officers and gain insight into the many different facets of the Agency. 

The Agency investigates border vulnerabilities, cyber-crime, child sexual abuse and exploitation, drug trafficking, illegal firearms, kidnap, modern slavery, money laundering and many more areas of serious and organised crime. Applicants will hear from enthusiastic, passionate and professional officers at varying stages in their service and from a variety of different roles within the agency.

Two events are planned during this summer, the first will be hosted at the NCA Warrington site in Cheshire and will run from Monday 29 July to Friday 2 August.  The second event will take place in Vauxhall, London, running from Tuesday 27 August to Friday 30 August. The events are free of charge to attend. Please note transport costs will not be provided. Both events are classroom-based, due to security levels and health and safety legislation.

If you are interested in an opportunity to gain a glimpse into the NCA and its fight against serious and organised crime, please send an up-to-date CV including a summary of no more than 250 words giving your reasons for applying, to the following e mail address;

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The submission of applications will close on Friday 21 June 2019.

Civil Service Apprenticeships at the NCA

Apprentices on the Civil Service Fast Track Apprentices scheme can choose to do a placement at the NCA as part of the course.

Fast Track offers a two-year Level 4 apprenticeship in one of several areas:

  • Business
  • Digital and technology
  • Project delivery
  • Finance
  • Commercial study

Successful apprentices can apply, without a degree, for the Civil Service Fast Stream (see below).

Read testimonials from NCA Apprentices [LINK to page] 

Internships and student placements

We offer a number of internships and student placements, all of which are paid.

Not only do internships offer valuable insight and experience of our work, but a high proportion of people who join us as interns are subsequently offered full time positions as NCA officers.

  • Civil Service Fast Stream Summer Diversity Internship: We host two interns as part of this nine-week placement offered by Civil Service Talent. The internship provides challenging development opportunities in business and personal skills.
  • Police Now: Graduates spend 2 years on the policing frontline as neighbourhood police officers. We offer three-week internships for Police Now officers commencing in April each year. As an intern you will complete a range of bespoke placements across the NCA and find out more about our operations.
  • Major Crime Investigative Support: (Wyboston): Our Major Crime Investigative Support Unit provides specialist expertise to police forces dealing with complex crimes such as serial sexual offences and no body murder. Third-year university students can complete a one-year work placement as part of their degree course.
  • The National Cyber Crime Unit: Recent graduates or second-year students can do a 12-week paid summer internship (starting in June). You will be immersed in a working cyber crime unit and work with cutting edge technology. You will have your own mentor and have your own projects as well as day-to-day team tasks. In the past as many as 70% of our interns have been offered full-time positions as NCA officers.

“The internship appealed as a way of getting some useful experience and the work looked really cool. I never really thought about law enforcement before but I really like what I’m doing. The atmosphere here is very friendly and the people very genuine.” Juliette, 2017 National Cyber Crime Unit intern

Apply for an open vacancy

Many of our junior roles (G6) in business support or other enabling functions require only limited previous experience and for some, our recruitment campaign will focus on an apprenticeship.

These roles provide valuable experience and can prove the launchpad for your career as an NCA officer. We're committed to career development and many officers who join in junior support roles subsequently move into investigations, intelligence or other roles.

We hope that joining the agency is just the start of a long and successful career with us.

Please see our vacancies page for details of all current opportunities.