Work experience opportunities

Work Experience 

If you’re looking for a career as a company secretary, and have a keen interest in governance, compliance and strategic influence, then ICSA Advance can help you kick-start your career.

ICSA Advance is a job platform that lists trainee contracts and work experience placements for university students and graduates. These positions are the perfect opportunity to try the profession and gain on-the-job experience, and often lead to a permanent job offer at the end of the term.

Benefits of work experience through ICSA Advance:

  • A dedicated platform for governance positions
  • Access to a range of different placements to suit all needs
  • Real-world exposure to the life of a company secretary
  • Support from managers and colleagues
  • Potential for a permanent job.

New openings are added constantly and are available to post-graduate applicants.


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ICSA Advance

Are you an employer?

Get your trainee or work experience vacancy posted free of charge on ICSA Advance and tap into our network of students and graduates who are starting their career in governance.

To get involved or to find out more, please contact Tara Wilson on or call +44 (0)207 612 7021.

Download our handy guide to offering work experience opportunties to the company secretaries of tomorrow.

‘Work experience can give unique insights into the world of governance and secretaryship, as well as offering great inspiration to the next generation of governance professionals. I came to the world of governance in an unexpected midlife career change but work experience might have brought me there sooner’
Simon Osborne, CEO, ICSA: The Governance Institute

Insight Days

ICSA Insight Days offer you the chance to spend half a day with a prestigious host organisation to learn all you need to know about the role and responsibilities of a company secretary.

Limited to just a dozen participants per session, Insight Days offer you an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at what governance is all about, as well as the chance to take part in a workshop exercise for a truly hands-on feel of the role.


  • Hear first-hand from leading company secretaries
  • Learn about the levels and responsibilities of the role
  • A great opportunity to ‘try before you buy’
  • Small groups ensure a more immersive experience
  • Practical workshop sessions. 

Insight Days are open to students, post graduates, or anyone considering an entry to company secretarial practice.

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Insight Days

We have 18 confirmed Insight Days for 2018. Specific information for each event is being added as soon as it is confirmed.

Host companyDateLocation
27 February London
1 May London
GSK May Brentford
BNY Mellon 21 June London
Aviva 7 September London
Kingfisher September London
Pension Protection Fund End September London
Nationwide October Swindon
Rolls Royce 5 October Derby
Schroders October London
Eversheds October Manchester
National Grid November London
Prudential November London
Royal Mail November London

In 2017, the following companies supported the Insight days in promoting the role of the company secretary to students and graduates: Sky, Rolls Royce, Aviva, Prudential Plc, Royal Mail, plus many more.

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