Opportunities for young people

How young people can get work experience with us or start a career in the public sector through an apprenticeship, internship and graduate placement.

Start a challenging, varied and exciting career with Suffolk County Council at Rising High in Suffolk.

Rising High in SuffolkAs part of Raising the Bar, Suffolk County Council seeks to be “…an exemplar employer in supporting young people’s transition into work through the experiences it offers.”


Our aims are to:

  • provide paid and unpaid opportunities for young people to develop their skills and experiences of a working environment
  • improve the aspirations of young people within Suffolk or those who have come to Suffolk to study and support them into work
  • enable young people to make informed career choices and understand the types of jobs within the public sector

Rising High in Suffolk

As part of being an "exemplar employer", Suffolk County Council launched an initiative called Rising High in Suffolk in partnership with district and borough councils across Suffolk.

This is a website designed and developed by young people, for young people, who were initiated to support this activity. You will find information about opportunities at Suffolk County Council and its partners on this website.

Types of opportunity

Our opportunities are all advertised as they arise on the Rising High in Suffolk website.

Work experience

At Suffolk County Council, we want to support people to gain useful experiences of the world of work in order to help them understand more about the types of jobs people in our organisation do in order and make aspirational and informed career choices.

In order to meet this aspiration, we provide unpaid work placements or taster sessions which are primarily focused at students currently at school or college, or other young people not in education, training or employment. However, we will also review work experience requests from other demographic groups. For example, a university student who might need a short-term work-based placement to meet a modular requirement.

We hope our work experience programme can provide pathways into learning for looked after children/care leavers.

Find further information about submitting a request for work experience at Suffolk County Council.


Apprenticeships offer a chance to gain experience of the workplace, a relevant qualification and a salary while working for an employer who is willing to train and support you kick starting a career and helping to develop valuable, transferable skills.

You can find more information on apprenticeships on The Source website.


Internships offer twelve-week summer placements for undergraduates commencing June each year. These are paid at the national living wage.

Industrial placements

These are 12-month work placements for undergraduates looking to take a 'Year in Industry' as part of a four-year course, paid at the national living wage.

Graduate traineeships

Traineeships offer graduates the opportunity to gain a broad experience of work in the public sector undertaking three 8-month placements over two years across the organisations while working towards an accredited business qualification. The salary will be £20,000. Due to the coronavirus pandemic we have made the decision to pause the recruitment for graduate traineeships and hope to continue this again in 2022. 

Graduate interns in Suffolk schools

These are paid, one-year placements (term time only) designed for new graduates who are still considering their career options and are interested in working with children and young people.

Placements include work experience in teaching, speech therapy, educational psychology and social care.

Other opportunities

Graduate opportunities in social work, teaching and other professional disciplines, such as law, are also available. These are generally promoted at universities, through the media and on Suffolk Jobs Direct.

You will usually need to have studied a relevant qualification to be considered for these roles.