MI6 wants to hire students to become real-life James Bonds – with amazing perks

Spy bosses want to hire students to be the next James Bonds.

They will learn what it’s like to be a real-life 007 and get paid nearly £6,000 for the summer jobs.

There are also perks including a flat to live in during the placements.

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But undergraduates are warned they can’t take drugs after applying to get a place on the scheme.

There are full-time internships running at MI6 – where the fictional Bond was based – protecting the UK from foreign threats and MI5 dealing with domestic intelligence.

It will be based in London and pay £5,701 for 11 weeks running from June 17 to August 30 next year.

That works out at £12.90 per hour based on an eight-hour day.

There are also internships at GCHQ – the SIS’s eaves-dropping command – based in Cheltenham, Gloucs, and there is free travel. Spy bosses want students in the second to last year of their university courses.

And they want people from Black, Asian or ethnic minority backgrounds, and from a socially or economically disadvantaged background.

The job advert reads: “As an intern at GCHQ, you will be working in one of our intelligence mission teams.

“Our Intelligence Data Analyst teams work in a rapidly changing technological environment, problem solving every day.

“We use bespoke technology, finding information from different places, including a high volume of data generated by many internet-connected devices.

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“If you do have specialist skills such as cyber, data science, or coding experience, you may get the opportunity to use and develop these skills on the internship.

It adds: “In the MI5 internship you’ll be placed in one of our investigative teams where you will experience what life as an intelligence officer is like.

“You’ll work closely with your development partner and as part of the wider team, learning how live investigations are run.

“You will also spend time shadowing people in different roles and departments who are crucial to the intelligence officer role, gaining exposure to a variety of different areas across MI5.”

Regarding the perks, it says: “If needed, accommodation will be provided for free for the duration of your internship in all locations, close to local amenities.”

“This will be a single en-suite room in a flat with a fully equipped shared kitchen.

“Five days’ annual leave."

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