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Overview

The Summer Internship Programme provides access to hundreds of internship opportunities during the long (summer) vacation. They are offered by our international alumni, by multi-national corporations, by world-leading NGOs, by cutting-edge research institutions and many other organisations, and all are exclusively available to Oxford University students. Since the programme’s inception, students have undertaken internships in over 40 countries and have gained valuable work experience while travelling to exciting and exotic locations. The Summer Internship Programme also gives you the chance to explore work experience options in a variety of sectors in the UK. The programme is open to all current, matriculated Oxford University students, undergraduates and postgraduates, including those in their final year of study. Visiting students are not eligible to apply.

The internships are advertised from the beginning of Hilary term each year.

What do the internships offer?

Although every internship is unique, we try to ensure that they provide the following common elements:

  • Full-time work for 4-12 weeks during the summer vacation
  • A defined project, which creates real value for the host organisation and a valuable learning experience for the student
  • Interaction with an assigned supervisor or mentor within the host organisation
  • A stipend, or some assistance with travel or accommodation
  • Payment at the national minimal wage or above, if the internship is in the UK and in the for-profit sector
  • An international experience or access to an internship placement in the UK that is not readily available through alternative internship programmes

From first year undergraduates to DPhil researchers, students in all areas and at all levels of study enjoy the benefits of undertaking an internship.

Taking part in the programme can help you…

Gain an in-depth insight into your sector of choice

“Coming here was absolutely the best way to spend my summer. I’ve learned a lot and confirmed my suspicions that curating is the best job in the world! It’s been an incredible experience and I’m so thankful for the opportunity”

– Gemma Sykes, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-Upon-Avon

“The internship at Tradewind Books has helped me understand the publishing industry and gave me the necessary experience to be confident I could get a job in publishing in the future. I liked working in the field and am seriously considering it as my career path. I cannot stress enough how important it is to be exposed to an industry before one decides to pursue a career in it, and how much it helps to clear one’s mind about such a decision”

– Olga Lenczewska, Tradewind Books, Vancouver, Canada

Try out a new location

I had an amazing time on my internship and was very sorry to leave. I loved China, it’s a spectacular country with so much to see and do. I’ll always remember Nanjian county’s breath taking natural beauty and the friendliness of its inhabitants. I would love to go and work in China again”

– Martin Edwards, Tsinghua University Rural Programme, Beijing, China

Develop your career goals

“It’s hard not to be over-enthusiastic in describing how incredible an experience this has been thus far, and how sad I will be for it to end. I spent a lot of my childhood living in Zimbabwe, and coming to Uganda has been like coming home but with the added satisfaction of being able to use skills that are hopefully making a difference. My desire to apply my legal education in a development related context are certainly confirmed, as is my desire to apply for postgraduate study that looks into human rights law”

– Rose Worster, African Prisons Project, Uganda

Get a job

“This internship has been a very useful experience for me, as it was my first attempt working in a laboratory that specialised in DNA synthesis. Being a very small company, I was able to work closely with all members of the company and everyone was very welcoming from the beginning. I enjoyed the laboratory work very much, and I was very pleased to be offered a full-time role after a few weeks”

– Haewon Song, ATDBio, Oxford

Meet new people and visit new places

I thought that the internship was incredible. It enabled me to learn and develop my knowledge of climate science, as well as providing a rich cultural experience in a country I had not previously travelled to. I would love to return to visit the people I have met and to practise my Portuguese!”

– Charlotte Dormon, National Institute for Space Research, Brazil

Make a meaningful contribution

“My time at Muktangan has been incredible: I couldn’t have asked for a better internship. I was able to carry out projects that mattered to me, whilst making a contribution to the organisation, and I was supported on each and every step of the way whilst doing it. Before I went to Muktangan, I thought that I would like to work within the education sector, with a particular focus on international education. My time in Mumbai has further strengthened my resolve to realise this ambition, as well as making me think that I might like to return to India for work in the future”

– Jack Noble, Muktangan (Paragon Charitable Trust), India

Past interns' experiences

The Summer Internship Programme experience

Our new interactive map lets you explore all the internships from the last three years, and read about our interns’ experiences. It gives you a great idea of what you might be doing on the programme, and many of the internships will be offered by the same organisations next year.

You can filter the results to see what’s been available in different sectors; zoom in to read about interns’ experiences of different countries; or search the map for keywords – like your college, to see what people you know have done…

Video of students’ experiences

This video, made by a Moritz-Heyman scholar, gives a great quick introduction of what you might do on the programme.

See the internships through our interns’ eyes…

Each year we run a competition for The Summer Internship Programme interns’ photographs of what they saw and experienced during their placements. Here’s a selection of our favourites!

  • Hannah Lovell, Intern at St Hugh’s College Burma Summer School, Yangon, Burma

 

Past yearbooks

The interactive map, mentioned above, replaces our annual yearbooks and includes all the content of our 2016 and 2015 yearbooks – as well as students’ experiences in 2017. If you want to look further back, however, they are archived below!

Find out more

More information about applying for opportunities on the Summer Internship Programme is available on our webpages:

Audio intro

If you’d rather learn about the Summer Internship Programme through an MP3, you can listen to the recording of our talk at International Careers Day in January 2017, where we introduce the programme.

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Contact us

internships@careers.ox.ac.uk
01865 274 646

The Internship Office

The Careers Service
University of Oxford
56 Banbury Road
Oxford
OX2 6PA

This information was last updated on 09 January 2018.
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