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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 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 £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 06 December 2018.
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Careers Conference for Researchers 2019 – final countdown

Blogged by Corina Lacurezeanu on 15/03/2019.

Only a few more days left until the Careers Conference for Researchers 2019

This year’s Careers Conference for Researchers will take place on 20 March 2019 at the Manor Road Building. Targeting those who are curious about career options beyond academia, the conference includes speakers with PhD/postdoc experience now working in a range of roles, a networking lunch with employers who are interested in recruiting people with research training, and skills workshops to help you maximise your profile.

If you have secured your place at this event, you can now download the conference programme and brochure:

  • The full conference programme can be seen here.
  • The conference brochure, with speaker bios and workshop outlines, is here.

Podcasts of the morning panel talks will be available on the Careers Service website after the conference.

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Easter closure

The Careers Service will be closed for Easter from Thursday 18 April until Monday 22 April, reopening on Tuesday 23 April.

Careers advice during the vacation

Apart from on the days listed above, you can come in to have a 1:1 discussion with a Careers Adviser as normal; our advice appointments are available to book on CareerConnect. However, if you are not in Oxford during the vacation, you can still get careers advice.

  • If you would like to have a discussion by telephone or Skype while you are out of Oxford, you can book a Short Discussion appointment and email us to say you would like the appointment to be over the telephone, or via Skype.
  • The Careers Service also offers e-guidance during part of the vacation period. If you have a careers advice question, you can mail it to guidance@careers.ox.ac.uk. A Careers Adviser will normally reply to your email within two working days. We will run this service from Monday 18 March until Tuesday 16 April.

If you require any further clarification of our services, or have a specific enquiry, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us: reception@careers.ox.ac.uk or telephone 01865 274646.

The Micro-Internship Programme for Research Staff is now LIVE

Blogged by Polly nuttgens on 13/03/2019.

You can now submit your applications on the Micro-Internship Programme for Research Staff

Micro-internships are 2-5 day voluntary work experience placements facilitated by the University of Oxford. This new pilot programme is designed especially for research staff at grade 6 or above, who are currently on a fixed term contract at Oxford or who finished their fixed term contract in the past 12 months.

We have a wide variety of placements on offer in sectors including health, environment, photography & graphics, ethics, law, technology, computing and financial services. You’ll find attached a list of the opportunities and a full breakdown of the placements is available here.

How to apply

To apply you will need to register with CareerConnect if you have not done so already. Once you have found a micro-internship you wish to apply for, just follow the link alongside the opportunity and you will be directed to the relevant application page. For full details of the scheme visit the
Micro-Internships for Research Staff webpage.

And if you’d like further advice and assistance the Internship Office is providing Support Sessions offering feedback on CVs and personal statements which take place across the applications window on Monday – Friday. Book a 15-minute appointment via CareerConnect.

The deadline for making an application is 12pm midday on 1 April.

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Listen to the podcast here:

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