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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
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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 the UK and Mainland Europe. The programme offers a large volume of placements across a full range of sectors, taking place in each vacation period at 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 Mainland Europe
  • 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.

Crankstart Internship & Careers Mentoring Programmes

Crankstart Scholars (formerly known as 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. Crankstart Scholars can receive advice and guidance at any time with a view to undertaking a work placement in one of the vacations. Scholars can also apply to be a part of the Crankstart Careers Mentoring Programme, which matches selected scholars with industry professionals in their area of choice. The Crankstart Programmes include:

  • Exclusive internship opportunities for Crankstart Scholars across all sectors, both internationally and in the UK
  • Internships can take place in the Christmas and Easter vacations (for up to 3 weeks) and the summer vacation (for up to 12 weeks)
  • Individual CV & Internship Advice sessions offering support to students to help them find an internship corresponding to their skills and interests
  • Subsidised internships through Crankstart funding

This programme is only open to Crankstart Scholars.

The Promentor Programme

The Promentor Programme: An Alumni Mentoring Programme matches selected Oxford students with Oxford alumni in order to develop a mentoring partnership. Each year, bursary-holding students are invited to apply, with 10 first year students being selected as mentees each year. Following a matching process, mentees are introduced to 3 mentors, who they have access to throughout their time as an undergraduate at Oxford. Meetings are suggested to take place at least once a term.

Selected mentees also have access to:

  • Funding, specifically for work or research experiences, such as internships
  • One-to-one CV & Internship support
  • A mid-point and end-point review with fellow mentees
  • A newsletter alerting to internship opportunities offered by the Internship Office
Funding and support for selected bursary holders
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Internships for HSBC, Galactic Chang Rajii, D. H. Chen Foundation and Carpenters’ scholars

If you are an HSBC, Galactic Unite, 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 £2,500 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 funding@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, or those organised by a third-party internship recruitment company.

To apply for funding, please email your Internship Bursary form to the Internship Office Finance Officer, funding@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.

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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 Competition
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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.

 The winners and runners-up of our 2019 competition

  • Cristina Conde, Courtauld Institute of Art (London), Through an intern's eyes WINNER
    Cristina Conde, Courtauld Institute of Art (London), Through an intern's eyes WINNER

Here some of our favourite entries from previous competitions

  • Hannah Lovell, Intern at St Hugh’s College Burma Summer School, Yangon, Burma
    Hannah Lovell, Intern at St Hugh’s College Burma Summer School, Yangon, Burma
This information was last updated on 17 December 2019.
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Medical Communications Symposium on 5 March

Posted on behalf of Oxford University Pharmacology Society . Blogged by Corina Lacurezeanu on 28/02/2020.

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WHEN: 5 March, Presentations from 18:15 to 19:45, Reception follows after the talks
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WHEN: Tuesday 3 March, 45-minute bookable appointments between 10:00 and 14:30
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All UK opportunities are open exclusively to Oxford students, and you can apply for up to two internships through this current batch on CareerConnect.

The Internship Office Team continues to offer application support sessions where prospective applicants can discuss internship ideas, and get advice on building a successful CV and personal statement. These one-to-one sessions take place at the Careers Service at 56 Banbury Road and can be booked through the ‘Appointments’ section on CareerConnect.

Please see our comprehensive application support guide for other ways of getting support when applying to our Summer Internship Programme.

The deadline for applications is 16 March 2020.

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