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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 2-12 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

“My internship has opened up a sector to me that I now really want to spend my career working in. I knew I wanted to work in heritage, but after this internship, I know I want to work at a policy level, and I have a much more concrete idea of how I can achieve this. Those working at the Heritage Alliance were fantastic at talking to me about their route into the sector and at pointing out other possible ways in.”

– Katherine Ramsey, Heritage Alliance, London

“I found that I am quite a natural teacher so I would definitely consider a career in teaching in the future. I’m so glad that I applied for this internship, it was one of the best experiences of my life so far.”

– Rhiannon Savage, Omeida Language College, Yangshuo, China

Experience a new location and culture

“To go to Russia, and specifically to Perm (a less-visited city), was honestly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The staff and students at Perm State University were so friendly and welcoming, and really wanted us to learn about what Russian culture is actually like, and to have experiences we wouldn’t otherwise get. From the more-formal Russian classes and weekly excursions, to the everyday things like shopping at the supermarket, and having conversations with people there, I learnt things I couldn’t have found out just from reading a book. I loved my time in Russia, got some very useful insight into studying at another top university, made friends with amazing people (from both Oxford and Russia), and had experiences I will remember for the rest of my life!”

– Caitlin French, Perm State University, Russia

“Hearing people speak Swahili all around me made me so keen to learn a foreign language and I can say I am now partially fluent in the language after spending just two months in Kenya. I would so much love to return and work in Kenya permanently, as the place is green and the air is very clean.”

– Nelson Mhlanga, Nasio Trust, Kenya

“Overall, interning at MRI was a fascinating introduction to life in Japan, and I’m excited to return in the future. I’m very thankful for this incredible experience and highly encourage other Oxford students to apply.”

– Kate Samuelson, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Tokyo

Develop your career goals

“The experience in the country and in the institute definitely made me more certain of my plans for the future and encouraged me to consider applying to the Netherlands at least for a PhD. Everyone was very easily approachable and ready to help which really helped me get the most of the experience. Moreover, my supervisor and the other consultants to the project always asked for my opinion and input and made sure that the project is interesting and useful for me. While at first this made me feel intimidated as I did not have many ideas, later I appreciated this as they encouraged me to develop an independent approach and prepared me for a research setting in the future when I will have to come up with ideas on my own. Overall, everyone made an effort to introduce me to research life and I highly value the opportunity I was given.”

– Intern at National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Netherlands

“I absolutely loved my internship, and I cannot think of one negative thing to say about it! The work was interesting and varied and my colleagues were so supportive and kind. It really gave me an insight into the work of a Rare Books department and the Bodleian more widely, and I got to see all the different facets of the work of a university library. It has definitely made me seriously consider ultimately pursuing a career in librarianship, and at the same time has given me a great boost for my CV. I would definitely recommend this internship to anyone who is considering a career in this sector, or who is just interested more generally in the work opportunities that are available in an academic or university setting.”

-Intern at Rare Books Department, Bodleian Libraries

Make a meaningful contribution

“It was a great feeling to have a fully complete project that I could go home and say I made a difference with.”

– Edward Beaver, Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, Bangladesh

“To future interns, I would say you should apply for this if you’re passionate about access and outreach and think you would have some valuable experience and opinions to contribute: this is your chance to make your mark on those in University access policy, and to make connections you can draw on in the future.”

– Mia Liyanage, Oxplore, University of Oxford

Past interns' experiences

The Summer Internship Programme experience

Our interactive map lets you explore all the internships since 2015, 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 and 2018. 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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Less than a week to apply for a Micro-Internship this Summer!

Blogged by Callum Livermore on 08/05/2019.

Less than one week left to apply for a micro-internship!

You can find a full list of opportunities here or by login in to CareerConnect.

We have over 130 opportunities on offer this term, including an Education Resource Micro-Internship with the Scotland Humanist Society in Edinburgh. Where you will assist thousands of pupils in Scottish schools to have a wider understanding of philosophical thought and non-religious views on moral and ethical issues by creating educational resources; a Strategy Analyst Micro-Intern at the National Trust, where you will work directly with their central Strategy Management Unit by researching and analysing trends related to domestic and international tourism and directly contribute to the development of their strategic plans; an International Human Rights and Policy Internship with the German Institute for Human Rights in Berlin where your work will encompass research, short summary reports, communications work and attending meetings and events during your week in Berlin’s political quarter, and many more.

How to apply and application guidance

Deadline: Monday 13 May, mid-day.

Upload your CV and a 300-word supporting statement on CareerConnect to be considered for an opportunity. Remember you can apply to a maximum of 2 opportunities.

If you’d like further advice and assistance with your application, the Internship Office are offering 15-minute support sessions which can be booked on CareerConnect. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact

Micro-internship sector lists for Trinity term are now live

Blogged by Callum Livermore on 01/05/2019.

Get some work experience this summer with the Micro-Internship Programme

Applications for this term’s micro-internship opportunities are open, with placements in Week 9 (24-28 June) and Week 10 (1-5 July) of Trinity Term.

You can find a full list of opportunities on our sector list here or on CareerConnect. We have over 133 opportunities on offer this term, including an internship as an Anti-Doping Scientist at Morgan Sports Law; an Analyst Micro-Internship at BlondeMoney and even an International Human Rights and Policy Internship at the German Institute for Human Rights in Berlin. Simply upload your CV and a 300-word supporting statement to be considered for an opportunity. Remember you can apply to a maximum of 2 opportunities.

If you’d like further advice and assistance with your application, the Internship Office are offering 15-minute support sessions which can be booked on CareerConnect.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Hurry though, the deadline is 12PM mid-day, Monday 13 May

Now launched: The Micro-Internship Programme in Trinity term

Blogged by Callum Livermore on 24/04/2019.

Looking for work experience this summer? Keen to do an internship but looking for something shorter? Or are you just eager to explore a new area and boost your CV?

Then the Micro-Internship Programme might be for you! This scheme offers 2-5 day work experience placements exclusive to matriculated Oxford students. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the many industries on offer, from consulting to heritage, from charities to visual arts. Micro-internships are voluntary work experiences, although hosts must reimburse local travel and lunch expenses on production of receipts.

Micro-internships take place in either Week 9 (24-28 June) or Week 10 (1-5 July), and all placements are now live – check CareerConnect for all opportunities and to apply. Keep an eye out next week for our sector and location lists. The deadline for applications is 12PM mid-day, Monday 13 May.

The Internship Office offers help through our Application Support Sessions, which begin this week – all details and bookings are on CareerConnect. Please also see our Employer Feedback on Student Micro-Internship Applications for advice from our hosts.

If you have any questions about the programme, please email Callum Livermore at

Second round for applications to the Micro-Internship Programme for Research Staff opens Tuesday 23 April!

Blogged by Polly nuttgens on 17/04/2019.

We have a selection of great opportunities that are still available through this new pilot scheme so there is a second opportunity to find an internship that’s right for you between Tuesday 23 April and Monday 29 April at 12 noon. Available placements include opportunities with the Institute for Historical Justice, The Nasio Trust, Morgan Sports Law and Keen Oxford among others.

Click here to see the full list of opportunities and apply from Tuesday 23 April.

Micro-internships are 2-5 day voluntary work experience placements facilitated by the University of Oxford. This programme is especially for research staff at grade 6 or above, who are currently on a fixed term contract at Oxford or who finished their fixed term contract in the past 12 months.

To apply you will need to register with CareerConnect if you have not done so already. Once you have found a micro-internship you wish to apply for, just follow the link alongside the opportunity and you will be directed to the relevant application page. For full details of the scheme visit our
Micro-Internships for Research Staff webpage.

If you have any questions, please contact

Browse UK Summer Internships by Sector and Location

Blogged by Internship Office on 27/02/2019.

Are you looking for an exciting and interesting summer internship but not sure how to find it?

The Summer Internship Programme has a wide range of opportunities available exclusively for Oxford students, from education to consulting, museum curation to scientific research. Our UK internships are being advertised now on CareerConnect, with an application deadline of 11 March.

You can now browse the opportunities using our Sector and Location Lists.

Please note that further international and UK internships will be available through the programme in our late batch of applications from mid-March.

Please see our application support guide for ways to get help with your application, and don’t forget to stay up to date with the internship programmes by signing up to the Internship Office email alerts and visiting the Internship Office Facebook page.

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