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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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Contact us
01865 274 646

The Internship Office

The Careers Service
University of Oxford
56 Banbury Road

This information was last updated on 22 June 2017.
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Internship Office Photographic Competition 2017

Blogged by Rachel Ruscombe-King on June 15, 2017.

The Oxford University Internship Office Photographic Competition will be taking place once again in summer 2017 – this year hosted on Instagram! We are calling on all interns to post photos and videos that best represent your internship experience using the hashtag #oxips2017 and by tagging us @oxfordcareersservice.*

Please submit photos for the following categories:

Intern Life

What does the daily life of your internship look like? Whether you are working in an open plan office, a stately home, a tower block, a lab or a forest, we want to see your daily life during your internship. This could include everyday things such as your workstation, your colleagues, the buildings in which you work, conferences, workshops and special events, and also any special or unusual sights you encounter along the way. We would especially like to see well framed photos of you outside your place of work.

Out and About

What have you been up to in your spare time? Have you been on sightseeing trips, or found a favourite restaurant? Have you discovered any cityscapes, visited mountains or seen beautiful landscapes? We’d love to see images of your experiences outside of work and during travels after your internship.

Human Connection

Can you capture that moment when people interact and connect with one another on your internship? This might be a smile shared by colleagues in a meeting or workshop, interactions in a local environment, a depiction of people within a cultural setting, or images of new friendships you have made on your internship.

Intern Views (video entry)

Can you create a snapshot of your internship in video format? We’d like to see a 20-30 second video clip that shows what was great about your internship. You could tell us about the people you worked with, the skills you learned, the location… feel free to use your imagination. You can include other people or just have yourself on camera.

Rules and tips

*To get your Instagram photos and videos considered for our prizes, you will also need to upload them to the university-hosted file transfer facility Oxfile to In the message field please specify the category for which you would like your entries to be considered. (And if you don’t have an Instagram account, please send us your entries via Oxfile and we will upload them to Instagram on your behalf).

  • We are looking for photographs that communicate your internship experience in an interesting way. Creativity and imagination will be rewarded!
  • You may enter seven photos for each photo category (a maximum of 21 photos in total), and one video for the video category.
  • You can tag as many photos and videos as you like on Instagram with @oxfordcareersservice and #oxips2017, but only photos sent via Oxfile will be formally considered for the competition.
  • The winning entries will be decided by a selection panel at the Careers Service. Entries with the most Instagram likes will be automatically will be automatically short-listed in each category.
  • For information on copyright and usage permission, please see the terms and conditions (attached).
  • There will be one prize winner per category, who will be awarded a high street voucher worth £30.
  • All submitted entries will be posted by us on Instagram, crediting you unless you tell us otherwise. Please note that we may also use entries in other web/publicity material.
  • The closing date for this competition is midnight on Sunday 17th September 2017.

Photos from last year

And finally, if you need some inspiration, have a look at some of our favourite entries from previous competitions:



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