Army Officer Internship programme

British Army
Sandhurst, Berkshire
Closing date
31 Dec 2021

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Uniformed & Defence Services
Role Type
Internship, Other work and training

Job Details

The Army Officer Internship is an opportunity to experience the role of an Army Officer for 6 to 18-months before, during or after University.

After 9 weeks world class leadership training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst with further training afterwards, depending on your role, you will then spend 6 to 18 months attached to a regular Army unit, in the UK and on routine duties around the world, shadowing the daily role of an Army Officer, learning to lead up to 30 soldiers. You will be paid throughout and take part in sports, adventurous training and military training exercises but you will not deploy on operations.

An Officer Internship offers unique and exceptional leadership training and experience, as well as an unrivalled insight into the life of an Army Officer. Once you have completed your internship, you can elect to remain in the Army, as a Reservist or regular Army Officer, or you can choose a completely different career path.

Who can apply?

Anyone with a firm place to read a first degree at a University or College, or who has graduated within the last 2 years, can apply.

You should also:

  • Be aged between 17 years 9 months and 28 years old by mid- September of the year you will start training at Sandhurst.
  • Hold or be predicted to gain 72 UCAS points (or equivalent) and have 35 ALIS points, including a C/4 or above in English language, maths and a science or foreign language.
  • Be physically fit.

You must pass Army Officer Selection Board.

Skills you’ll gain:

  • Learning how to overcome physical and mental challenges
  • Developing your leadership qualities and gaining key management skills

You do not have to continue serving in the Army after your internship, but we do hope that you will. You will be qualified to continue to serve as an officer in the Army Reserve both during and after university; or you can complete the Regular Commissioning Course if you'd like to serve as a full-time Army Officer.

How to apply?

To apply, simply register for an account and fill out the online application form. This should only take a few minutes. Once you're in the process, you'll have plenty of support from our team.

The application window is open between 1 August and 31 December each year.



Be the one others turn to. Be responsible. Be trusted with the safety of the nation. Become a British Army Officer, and you’ll be doing something that really matters. Leading a team. Making a difference to the world.

It all starts at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. You’ll learn the skills you need to become an Officer – from weapons handling to outdoor survival – to what it takes to lead your team in a range of hostile situations, anywhere in the world.

Once you’ve commissioned, you’ll take charge of 30 soldiers. Then, you’ll begin the specialist training you need to be an expert in your chosen field, whether that’s engineering, intelligence gathering, or piloting an Apache helicopter. You’ll also take part in Adventurous Training around the world, from skiing in the Alps to white-water rafting in Colorado. All while you’re earning a starting salary of around £32,800 (after training).

You’ll also enjoy a wide range of benefits that come with Army life, from sports and state-of-the-art training facilities, to earning valuable professional qualifications.

The rewards are exceptional, the challenge is incredible and there’s no single bigger adventure in life. To make a difference to the world. To make something more of yourself.

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STEM Officer case study

Capt Katie Hawkins

  • Tell us about your role and what you do.
    I am currently in the Army STEM Youth Engagement Team under Army Engagement Group. My role involves delivering STEM workshops to 11-14 y/o. To educate and inspire them into a technical career within the Army.
  • Why did you join the Army to pursue a STEM career?
    At 15 I had a love for sports, being outside and maths! I decided to join Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College where I could study technical A-levels and begin my military career. Sponsored through university I decided to study Civil Engineering and felt most at home within the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) when selecting which technical Corps to join.
  • How did you find initial training?
    Training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) was as expected. Physically and mentally challenging but also rewarding. There was highs and lows, but overall, it was an enjoyable experience.
  • What is something that has surprised you along your journey?
    I have been on my current career path since age 15, it amazes me that I am fulfilling the role I wanted as a young teenager. I have been able to enjoy every opportunity thrown my way.
  • What are some of the ways that the Army has trained and prepared you for your role?
    Being at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst trains you to be a Platoon Commander and Phase 2 is a small introduction into the Corps in which you will spend you career. Career courses continue every 1-2 years throughout, so you are technically always training and developing.
  • What other opportunities have you got to experience?
    I have deployed to the British Army Training Unit Suffield (BATUS) in Canada working in conditions as cold as -40. I have been posted to Scotland and had opportunities to climb many munros (including Beinn Ghlas in my profile picture).

The Adventurous Training and sporting opportunities I have had are exceptional. Some highlights include, Scuba Diving in a liveaboard yacht for 10 days, rock climbing in Italy and Spain, skiing in Banff National Park and swimming in Cyprus.

  • What advice would you give to anyone who is thinking of joining the Army to build a career in STEM?
    The Army is not for everyone but it is very broad and there are such a wide range of roles to choose from. I haven’t regretted any decisions I have made. Do lots of research and talk to people in various different roles and cap badges before making any decisions.

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