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An overview

The Internship Office was established in 2012 to provide research and professional work experience placements exclusively to Oxford students, with adjunct funding and support.

It now runs a range of highly successful internship programmes to support Oxford students in securing useful, exciting work experience opportunities throughout the year, in the UK and across the globe.

The Internship Office’s main programmes are:

If you are an employer and would like to offer an internship on any of our programmes, please see our Hire an Oxford Intern page.

About our programmes

The Summer Internship Programme

The Summer Internship Programme provides access to hundreds of summer internship opportunities. These are offered by our international alumni, by multi-national corporations, by world-leading NGOs, by cutting-edge research institutions and many other organisations. 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 students the chance to explore work experience options in a variety of sectors in the UK.

The programme is open to all current Oxford University students, undergraduates and postgraduates, including those in their final year of study. Please note that visiting students are not eligible to apply.

Internships take place in the long vacation (between June and September), are 2-12 weeks in duration and are advertised from the beginning of Hilary term each year.

The Micro-Internship Programme

The Micro-Internship Programme provides students with convenient, short-term work placements based in Oxfordshire and Greater London. The programme offers a large volume of placements across a full range of sectors, taking place in the week after the end of every Oxford term. (Find term dates on the Oxford University website).

  • Micro-internships are currently offered by organisations in cities across the UK and Germany
  • They are voluntary, full time work experiences lasting between two and five days
  • Interns can be presented with work shadowing experience and/or a project (or a set of closely interrelated projects) that they will be assisting with and observing
  • They are unpaid, although travel and lunch expenses are covered by the host organisation on production of receipts

Placements can be research-based or professional and in a range of sectors, including think tanks, international development, consultancy, start-ups, charities, arts and heritage, or within the University (colleges, faculties and departments). Indeed, many of the projects interns assist with combine skills and experience from numerous sectors, such as consultancy or marketing in service of charities and not-for-profits.

Each placement provides an excellent snapshot into the workings of the organisation and its sector, as well as valuable transferable experience for your CV.

Moritz-Heyman Internship Programme

Moritz-Heyman scholars are encouraged to gain work experience during their time at Oxford, and funding and support are available to help them do so. Moritz-Heyman scholars can receive advice and guidance  at any time with a view to undertaking a work placement in one of the vacations. The Moritz-Heyman Internship Programme includes:

  • Individual support to students to help them find an internship corresponding to their skills and interests
  • A database of employers who have agreed to be contacted if an appropriate student participates in the programme
  • Subsidised internships through MH funding
  • Internships take place during any vacation and can be of any length (up to 3 months)

This programme is only open to Moritz-Heyman Scholars.

Laidlaw Undergraduate Research and Leadership Programme

The Laidlaw Undergraduate Research & Leadership Programme was launched at the University of Oxford in 2016, building upon Lord Laidlaw’s visionary commitment to supporting undergraduate student development and education.

The Laidlaw Programme equips undergraduate students with research and leadership skills to help them pursue their academic and professional aspirations beyond their current course of study.

The Programme comprises two mandatory elements:

  1. A leadership programme, completion of which is likely to lead to an Institute of Leadership Management (ILM) qualification
  2. A summer research project of between 8 and 10 weeks’ duration, designed and defined by the student, at any world-leading research institution

Successful applicants will receive a stipend of up to £6,000 to facilitate their research project. Students undertaking placements at research institutions outside the UK may claim up to a further £2,000 towards travel-related expenses. Additional funding (up to £1,000) is also available to meet lab-based research expenses that cannot be covered by the host institution.

Funding & support for selected bursary holders

Internships for HSBC, Galactic Chang Rajii, D. H. Chen Foundation and Carpenters’ scholars

If you are an HSBC, Galactic Chang-Rajii, D. H. Chen Foundation or Carpenters’ scholar you are encouraged to gain work experience during your time at Oxford, and you can apply for funding to support your internship.  The awards vary from £200 to £2,500 depending on the location of the internship, the remuneration and living arrangements.  As an HSBC or Galactic Chang Rajii scholar, there is no limit to the number of internship bursaries you can apply for, however, you may not exceed the maximum contribution of £2500 overall.  As a D. H. Chen scholar you are limited to one internship bursary during your time at Oxford University. However, should you wish to split the internship award across multiple years, please send your enquiry to internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Please note that we will confirm your placement with the host organisation before a bursary is paid out.

Be aware that funding will not be allocated for fee-charging internship schemes.

To apply for funding, please email the Internship Bursary form to stacey.phillington@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Like all students, you can also receive advice and guidance from the Careers Service at any time. Discuss undertaking an internship in one of your vacations by booking an appointment to see a Careers Adviser. Our Careers Advisers offer free, impartial, confidential careers guidance based on your individual needs.  They will also check CVs and cover letters.

Keep updated

Join our ‘Internships Alerts mailing list

Please join our mailing list in order to receive information and updates about our internship programmes and their opportunities. To do so, just fill in the form below!

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The Careers Service blog and newsletter

You can also keep updated with our programmes by keeping an eye on the Careers Service blog. Relevant posts can be accessed by clicking on the Related News tab at the top of Internship Office web pages.

The weekly Careers Service newsletter also highlights any important news about our office featured on the blog.

Like our Facebook Page

We regularly post news about the Internship Programme on our dedicated Facebook page, so please “like” the page to stay up to date!

The Internship Office Photo and Film Competition

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. To read about this year’s competition, please click here.

Here some of our favourite entries from previous competitions.

  • Hannah Lovell, Intern at St Hugh’s College Burma Summer School, Yangon, Burma
This information was last updated on 01 November 2018.
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Events for Researchers in Weeks 7 and 8

Blogged by Rebecca Ehata on 15/11/2018.

Closing soon: Win £5,000 to carry out a research project next summer!

Billed as their ‘Alternative Internship’, investment firm Baillie Gifford’s ‘Curious Minds’ competition, which is open to penultimate year or final year DPhil students in any discipline, represents an exciting opportunity for students who can demonstrate curiosity about the world and breadth of thinking. Entries close on 23rd November 2018. For more details see www.bailliegifford.com/curiousminds.

Alumni + Researchers@ Jobs for Mathematicians

When: Tuesday 20 November, 15:00 – 16:00
Where: Maths Institute, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Oxford

If you’re keen to explore careers which use your mathematical skills, the ‘Jobs for Mathematicians’ careers fair (16:00-18:00) is an excellent place to start. Get the most out of your visit by attending this pre-fair session, which aims to help you think about employer perceptions of researchers, and considers the most effective ways to present your skills and experience to the exhibiting companies. Click here to book a place.

Effective job-searching, networking and your digital identity

When: Thursday 22 November, 13:00 – 16:00
Where: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road, Oxford

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Further information and booking here.

Communication skills for researchers: Improv workshop

When: Tuesday 27 November, 16:00 – 18:00
Where: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road, Oxford

This 2-hour masterclass will use improvisation techniques to boost your ability to respond spontaneously in stressful situations. It will help you deal with the unexpected and feel more confident to think on your feet. You will have the option to practice different techniques in a supportive environment. Book your place now to avoid disappointment!

Workshops at the Oxford Foundry in 7th week

Posted on behalf of The Oxford Foundry. Blogged by Corina Lacurezeanu on 15/11/2018.

Idea Exploration: What is the value proposition?

19th November 18.00-20.00, The Oxford Foundry. Sign up here.

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You have an idea, and you have a strong understanding of who your customer is – great! But having an in-depth understanding of the value that you’re adding to your customers is vital if you are to communicate effectively about your product or service. You want to make sure that your customers show up – and that they keep coming back.

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21st November 18.00-20:00, The Oxford Foundry. Sign up here.

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Apply to the IMAGINE IF! pre-accelerator programme

Posted on behalf of Innovation Forum Oxford. Blogged by Corina Lacurezeanu on 14/11/2018.

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Apply here to the Health and Life Sciences IMAGINE IF! pre-accelerator: 

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The winner of the Oxford competition would enjoy a 6 month lab space in the BioEscalator Innovation LabsThis is in addition to the unmissable opportunity to pitch at the Global IMAGINE IF! Competition in the Next Health World Innovation Forum in June 2019 for more prizes and get the all-needed unrivalled exposure. Hear it from last year’s Global competition winners, the OXFORD startup BioMe.

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Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa Endorsement Application – Information Session

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  • When: 27 November 2018 from 9:15-10:00
  • Where: Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road
  • TO BOOK A PLACE at this discussion contact reception@careers.ox.ac.uk with your name, course and year(s) of study.

We are keen to support entrepreneurial activity at all levels and encourage all graduating students from any discipline and with any sort of business idea to apply.

More information can be found here.

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