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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 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 (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 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. See the Hilary timetable here.

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 the Internship Fair in November 2016, where we introduce the programme.

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This information was last updated on 11 November 2016.
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Speculative approaches for research placements

Blogged by Caroline Thurston on November 30, 2016.

The Careers Service and Internship Office recently launched the Laidlaw Internship Programme in Research and Leadership. This new programme offers undergraduates in any discipline and any year of study the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded research project at a world-leading institution of their choice, and an accredited leadership training programme.

The Laidlaw Programme is student-led; that is, we encourage and support undergraduate students to define and develop their own research project independently, from approaching a supervisor at their host institution, to developing an appropriate methodology, undertaking the research, analysing the results and communicating their findings to a wider audience.

One of the most common queries I have received during the last week is “how do I find and approach a host supervisor?” Building and maintaining relationships is an invaluable key skill in your personal and professional life but it can be daunting to approach a new contact, particularly outside your own department or institution. Here are some top tips for students reaching out to potential supervisors for a research placement.

  1. The human connection. If your proposed contact works in a related discipline, chances are that someone you know, knows them! Ask around (supervisors, tutors, colleagues, friends) and request an introduction, either in person at an event, or via email. Once you have been introduced, don’t wait for your contact to get in touch with you. Send them a follow-up note promptly – and don’t forget to thank the person who made the introduction!
  2. Do your research. Don’t make a general approach to the entire faculty of a department, and don’t send the same email to multiple people simultaneously. Identify who you want to work with and how that person can contribute to or develop your project. When communicating with this person, try to strike a balance between communicating your enthusiasm and demonstrating your intended professional contribution to this area of research. Awareness of your contact’s achievements and research interests is great; unending flattery is not. Demonstrating that you are qualified to undertake the project is great; exaggerating your abilities is not.
  3. Get to the point. If you are making a speculative application via email, you should introduce yourself and state the purpose of the email in the first two sentences. “I am a current Biochemistry undergraduate and am developing an 8-week research project which I hope to undertake under your supervision/in your laboratory/with your research group as part of the Laidlaw Internship Programme in Research and Leadership.” Then, outline your proposed project or area of interest, but don’t include an entire research proposal or lengthy background information. Be concise and focus on the areas in which you would like your proposed supervisor to contribute – “my proposed project is an investigation of X, with a particular emphasis on the use of Y, which is currently under development at your laboratory, as part of my methodology”. Signpost your proposed contact to more information about the internship scheme/programme with weblinks so they can understand the context of your approach.
  4. Know what you want, and ask for actions– outline what you want your new contact to do in response to your email. Don’t be vague – requests for “thoughts” or “feedback” are too broad and will discourage your new contact from responding to you. Ask yourself what you would like the ‘next step’ to be (a meeting? a phone call?), and give your contact an easy way to indicate their interest. For example: “If my proposed project is of interest to you, I would be very pleased to come to your laboratory to discuss further details – please let me know when it would be convenient to do so.”
  5. Persevere– successful and helpful people are usually the busiest people – precisely because everybody wants successful and helpful people ‘on their team’! If you have not heard from your contact within a week, follow up with another email (and state “I am following up on my previous email and hope that you would be interested in supervising my project”) or better still, pick up the phone and talk to them. If you are convinced that your proposed institution is the best one for your research but your proposed supervisor is unable to oversee your project, ask if there is scope to be supervised by a postdoctoral researcher or another member of the research group / team.
  6. Be bold– don’t apologise for ‘bothering’ your new contact – you will be undertaking a project in a professional capacity, and your communications should reflect this. Undergraduate research opportunities are scarce, and defining the parameters of your own work for the first time can feel uncomfortable. Respond positively to suggestions about your research from your host supervisor and colleagues and adapt to changing circumstances, but stay committed to the vision of your project. Good research is a self-reflective process and involves constantly rejecting, refining and developing ideas: if you get to the end of your project and can identify what you should have done differently, you’ve succeeded!

See the Careers Service webpages for more information about the Laidlaw Programme, about finding work experience opportunities, and making speculative applications.

The Oxford Guide to Careers 2017

Blogged by John Gilbert on October 18, 2016.

If you’re in your final or penultimate year, you should have received the newly released Oxford Guide to Careers 2017 in your pigeonhole! A really useful resource, the Guide contains:

  • Details of companies actively aiming to recruit at Oxford this year
  • Personal contributions from Oxford alumni
  • Advice and guidance on the application process
  • Introductions to the main 20 sectors that Oxford students enter
  • Tips on developing your employability through The Careers Service’s skills programmes
  • And much more!

If you haven’t received a Guide, we’ve got lots to give away at 56 Banbury Road. Come and visit us and pick one up – or download a copy now!

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