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The Internship Programme provides access to hundreds of summer internship 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 40 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 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 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 Support with OUIP Applications

There is lots of support available from the Internship Office and Careers Service to help you with your application, which you can find out more about in our Application Support document.

Throughout the application period for the Internship Programme, we hold twice-weekly Application Support Sessions at the Careers Service, where you can get a ten minute one-to-one meeting with a member of the Internship Office. We can discuss your internship goals, clarify any questions you have about the programme, or provide feedback on CVs and personal statements. Sign up to a session on CareerConnect to guarantee a place.

The Internship Office aims to make opportunities equally available to all current, matriculated Oxford students, regardless of race, gender or degree of disability. This policy is in accordance with the Careers Service mission statement, and the University’s Integrated Equal Opportunities Policy. To discuss any confidential issue relating to any additional needs you may have, please email

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 in January 2017, where we introduce the programme.

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This information was last updated on 31 January 2017.
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Summer Internships for First Years

Blogged by Rachel Ruscombe-King on January 31, 2017.

The Internship Office is often asked, ‘are there any internships for a first year student?’, Or, ‘I’m only a first year, surely there aren’t any internships I can apply for?’

Many large employers hire interns from later years of study in order to direct them into graduate recruitment schemes. However, the Oxford University Internship Programme has a variety of internship opportunities available for first year Oxford students. In fact, of all the first year students who applied to the Internship Programme in 2016, one in three were successful in securing an internship. This is a similar success rate to students in their final year.

Last year first year students took part in a wide range of global internships through the programme. These included:

  • Teaching English in China with Tsinghua University and LOVVOL, as well as in Germany with the Europaische children’s summer camp
  • Finance consulting with Typhoon Consulting in Hong Kong
  • Sustainability research with Imaflora in Brazil
  • Computing and IT projects with TNG Technology Consulting in Munich
  • Scientific research at Perm State University in Russia
  • Communications and events at Full Circle in Brussels

In the UK, several well-known organisations such as the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the think tank Demos, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust museum all hired first year students for internship positions.

All applications to internship positions are competitive, but as with any job or internship application, the key to success is to carefully read the job description and person specification. Be realistic. If the job asks for specific skills such as coding ability, a language, or teaching experience, think carefully about whether it is worth spending time on making an application, or whether there is another opportunity that is better suited to what you have to offer. Don’t forget to mention positions of responsibility in your application, perhaps gained through being part of clubs or societies during your time at university. By emphasising your unique skills and attributes in your application, and relating them directly to what the employer is asking for, you could bag yourself the chance to swan off to an exciting internship location this summer.

Don’t forget that there is a range of application support available from the Internship Office (see our handy guide), including getting your CV and personal statements checked during application support sessions, which can be booked through CareerConnect.

Examples of available internships

This year there is a huge variety of internships available for First Years through the Internship Programme. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Urban Regeneration Initiative, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • English Teaching in in China, with Tsinghua University, Yangshuo Omeida Language College, and ZhuoYue English College
  • English Teaching in India with British School New Delhi, or Shiksha Rath Academy
  • Historical Research with the Cold War History Research Centre, Budapest
  • Telecommunications business projects in Jordan with Umniah Mobile Company
  • Data Analysis for the charity sector with Demos, Citizens Advice, and more..*
  • Marketing with London based start-up, The Square*

*(To be advertised in the UK batch of internships from Monday 20 February)

International internships available through the Internship Programme are currently being advertised on CareerConnect, with an application deadline of Sunday 19 February. Students can make three applications for this batch of international vacancies, and two for the UK batch available from 20 February 20. Later internships will be advertised from March onwards. For these an unlimited number of applications is permitted.

So what are you waiting for? Check CareerConnect and apply today!

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