Queen Anne’s Alumna Shares Experience in the Civil Service

Wednesday 6th February 2019

On the morning of Friday 25 January, our upper school students were joined in assembly by Queen Anne’s alumna Sinead McCarthy, for a presentation about working in the Civil Service.



Sinead left Queen Anne’s School in 2015, so a number of our current students remembered her from when they were in the lower years. Following her time at Queen Anne’s, Sinead studied Geography at the University of Exeter (thanks to her favourite teacher, Mrs Little!).


Whilst in her second year of university, Sinead still had her career options wide open, and applied for a summer internship programme with the Civil Service. Although her first application attempt was not successful, she persisted in her efforts and succeeded to gain a place on the summer internship programme second time around. Sinead spent the summer gaining essential work experience and exploring the range of opportunities available across the Civil Service.



Sinead’s enthusiasm and work ethic earned her a positive appraisal during her summer internship programme, which allowed her to apply for one of the Civil Service’s Fast Stream graduate programmes.


She now currently works under the Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, Claire Perry MP, to come up with ideas on how to make government policies happen. Sinead, and her colleagues in the Civil Service, have to remain politically impartial in their roles to make important decisions and choices that would benefit the country most.


“Every day I get to be a part important decision making processes which have a real-life impact.” Sinead explained. “I get to see the decisions I make discussed on the news, and the fact that I am doing something that matters is really important to me.”


Although the application process is difficult, Sinead emphasised that she is more than happy to help any Queen Anne’s girls who want to apply for internships in the Civil Service.



Queen Anne’s are very grateful for Sinead giving up her time to return to the school and speak to our current girls. Queen Anne’s alumnae are an important part of our school community, and we are very proud of their achievements and successes.


You can find out more about the schemes and internship programmes that the Civil Service offers here.


Read more of the latest news from Queen Anne’s School here.