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About OUIP Internships | About OUIP Internships – Oxford University Careers Service
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The Internship Programme provides access to hundreds of summer internships opportunities. 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 30 countries and have gained valuable work experience while travelling to exciting and exotic locations. The 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 (ie. not visiting) Oxford University students, undergraduates and postgraduates, including those in their final year of study.

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 better, 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
Find out more

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

Get Advice about OUIP Applications

If you would like to receive some help with your OUIP internship applications, you can come to the Careers Service during a OUIP drop-in session to meet with a member of the Internship Office. Meetings are given on a first come first served basis, and can last up to 15 minutes, during which you can discuss your internship goals, or seek feedback on a CV or personal statement. The drop-in sessions run twice a week throughout Hilary term, the dates of which are listed in the Internship Programme drop-ins table.

Audio intro

If you’d rather learn about the Internship Programme through an MP3, you can listen to the recording of our talk at International Careers Day 2016, where we introduce the programme.

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This information was last updated on 11 February 2016.
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Recent blogs about About OUIP Internships

Sector and the City: Micro-internship lists

Posted on behalf of The Internship Office. Blogged by Andrew Laithwaite on April 28, 2016.

If you would like to gain work experience in a particular sector or city, you can now see which Micro-Internship Programme placements are most relevant to your interests by using the sector and city lists below:

With over 100 placements available, spread across a comprehensive range of sectors, you ought to be able to find an opportunity which suits you.

Remember that the deadline for micro-internship applications is midnight Sunday 8 May (end of Week 2).

For more information please visit the Micro-Internship Programme webpage or email

Intern in China, Russia, South Korea (and London!)

Blogged by Sara Bram on April 22, 2016.

This week several internships have been added  to the Internship Programme (and some deadlines have been extended). Please see further details below, and visit CareerConnect to apply. There are more internships available with various deadlines – see CareerConnect for the full list.

The following placements have a deadline of 6th May:

  • Cognism – London (Job ID 21748): Business Development role with technology start-up, involving setting up strategic partnerships & marketing.
  • Yonsei University – Seoul, South Korea (Opportunity ID 16818): research projects for Engineering or Physics students in the university’s Center for Nano-wear.
  • Gotoco – various locations, China (Opportunity ID 16441): placements teaching English to Chinese children in summer camps across the country, as well as taking part in Mandarin lessons and cultural trips.
  • Huazhong University – Wuhan, China (Opportunity ID 13495):  research projects for science students at the China-EU Institute for Clean and Renewable Energy, based at one of China’s top universities.
  • EM communications – Moscow, Russia (Opportunity ID 17192): media monitoring, translation and research for a leading financial and corporate communications agency.
  • Compliance Online – London (Opportunity ID 18290): research project for law students working with Compliance’s team of international lawyers.
  • Tsinghua University Rural Programme – Beijing, China (Opportunity ID 13651): placements providing services to students in rural China, including English teaching, lectures and intercultural communication exercises.

Placements will continue to be added to the Internship Programme until the end of Trinity Term.

Internship Drop-in Sessions at the Careers Service this Term

Posted on behalf of The Internship Office. Blogged by Andrew Laithwaite on April 22, 2016.

If you would like to receive some help with your applications to internship opportunities available through either the Micro-Internship Programme (MIP) or the Internship Programme (OUIP), the Internship Office is hosting another series of drop-in sessions at the Careers Service this term.

During each drop-in session you can come to the Careers Service to have a 15 minute one-to-one meeting with a member of the Internship Office. The meeting can be used to discuss your internship goals, to clarify any questions you may have about either programme and their opportunities, or to seek feedback on a CV or personal statement.

Meetings are assigned on a first-come-first-served basis, and can only happen within the times of the sessions, so come early to make sure that you are seen. Meetings cannot be booked in advance.

The sessions will be running between now and the end of Week 2, at the following times:

  • TODAY, 2-4pm
  • Wednesday 27 April, 10am-12pm
  • Friday 29 April, 2-4pm
  • Wednesday 4 May, 2-4pm
  • Friday 6 May, 10am-12pm

For any queries, please email

More international internships available for Oxford students!

Blogged by Rachel Ruscombe-King on April 18, 2016.

Two international internships available through the Internship Programme have reopened for applications from Oxford students, with a new deadline of 6th May.

Bangladesh Legal Aid (Vacancy ID 16147) provides legal services for disadvantaged groups in Dhaka. The charity is offering two internships for students with an interest in law, to work on projects aimed at increasing access to justice for the poor, marginalized and socially excluded communities. Tasks may include legal research, assistance with public interest litigation and implementation of court directives, drafting/editing press releases, case summaries, reports and publications, and support with events and training. All interns will have an opportunity to undertake visits to observe BLAST’s activities. This internship will take place during August and September 2016, and successful candidates may apply for an Oxford Pro Bono Publico Internship Award. 

The Tushita Foundation (Vacancy ID 13653) supports disadvantaged children in Jaipur, India, by offering after-school free tutoring in English, Art, Geography, History, Sport, Theatre, and more. Two internships are on offer to teach English and organize extra-curricular activities such as drawing, dancing, singing and gardening. Interns will be tasked with finding creative pathways to develop the Foundation’s activities aimed at empowering the children, and candidates are invited to suggest project ideas in their application. This internship is three months in duration, and therefore suited to those finishing their studies this year.

For further details and to apply, please see CareerConnect.

How to Handle Internship Offers

Blogged by Rachel Ruscombe-King on April 15, 2016.

Have you been offered an internship (or more than one) and not sure how to proceed? For advice, please read our handy guide with step by step tips on handling employment/internship offers.

If you have been offered an internship through the Oxford University Internship Programme, and you need us to contact an employer on your behalf, please email


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