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Overview

Details of all opportunities on The Summer Internship Programme are available on CareerConnect, through which all applications to the scheme must be made.

You can apply for:

  • 3 international internship placements
  • 2 UK internship placements
  • any number of ‘late’ internship placements that are added to CareerConnect after those dates.
Finding an internship

All internships available through The Summer Internship Programme are advertised on CareerConnect.

Once logged into CareerConnect, go to Search & Apply under the Internship Office and Skills Programmes tab, and then select The Summer Internship Programme from the Programme drop-down on the Refine search toolbar (on the left side of the page) in order to identify and view all opportunities currently available through The Summer Internship Programme.

See our comprehensive Guide to CareerConnect for information on searching and applying for Summer Internship Programme placements.

Selected internships that appear on CareerConnect are also advertised via our ‘Internships Alerts‘ mailing list, on our Facebook page, in the weekly Careers Service e-newsletter, and on the Careers Service blog.

Making an application

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.

Applications open in Hilary Term of each year.

You can apply for:

  • 3 international internship placements
  • 2 UK internship placements
  • any number of ‘late’ internship placements that are added to CareerConnect after the initial deadline dates.

How to apply

Click Apply Now on the vacancy page of your chosen internship on CareerConnect. You will then be required to:

1. Upload a one-page Curriculum Vitae

This should be saved as surname_firstname(cv) in PDF format. We require that you submit a one-page CV.

Please be aware that if your CV runs over to two pages, only the first page will be sent with your application. Please do not include a photo on your CV. Make sure you keep a copy of the CV you submit.

2. Fill in the online Application Form

This includes a 600 word personal statement, in which you should outline your suitability for the internship in question. It is a good idea to save a copy of your personal statement elsewhere, in case there are any problems uploading your application.

3. Confirmation of submission

If your application has been uploaded correctly you should receive an automatic confirmation email from CareerConnect and your application will appear on your CareerConnect dashboard. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that your application has been submitted successfully. From MT 2017 we will be unable to accept applications via email, so ensure that you upload your application in good time in advance of the deadline! If you are repeatedly encountering issues uploading your application, please contact us using the ‘Queries’ function on CareerConnect.

Points to note

  • You will need to follow the above process for each internship opportunity featured on CareerConnect that you wish to apply for.
  • Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered
  • Do not submit any extra paperwork unless it is specifically requested by the employer.
  • A written reference is not required to apply. However, you should make sure you have a referee available who can be called upon to provide a reference if requested by the host organisation. If you are asked for a reference, please ask your referee to use this Reference Form.

Get help with your 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 Summer Internship Programme, we hold twice-weekly Application Support Sessions at the Careers Service, where you can book a ten minute one-to-one meeting with a member of the Internship Office. We also hold extra sessions for Micro-Internships only in October and April. We can discuss your internship goals, clarify any questions you have about the programmes, 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 internships@careers.ox.ac.uk

If you have a question that is not answered here, please see our FAQ page.

Internship Application timeline 2018

International Internships – Batch 1

  • Placements advertised to students: 15 January-19 February
  • Student applications deadline: Midday 19 February
  • Applications sent to internship host employers: by 5 March
  • Employers inform Internship Office of chosen applicant: by 6 April
  • Internships start end of June onwards (Trinity Term ends 16 June)

UK Internships – Batch 2

  • Placements advertised to students: 19 February
  • Student applications deadline: Midday 12 March
  • Applications sent to internship host employers: by 26 March
  • Employers inform Internship Office of chosen applicant: by 27 April
  • Internships start end of June onwards (Trinity Term ends 16 June)

Late-Advertised Internships (International and UK) – Batch 3

  • Late placements will be advertised during April and May
  • Placements are advertised to students for a two week period after the placement goes live
  • Applications sent to internship host employers within one week of application deadline
  • Employers will be asked to inform the Internship Office of their chosen candidate within three weeks
  • Internships can start from the end of June onwards (Trinity Term ends 16 June)
After you have submitted your application

Processing applications

  • Your application will be considered by the host organisation after the closing date. Organisations are requested to shortlist and interview within a defined time-frame of 4-6 weeks, but it is not always possible for them to do so.
  • The employer will communicate directly with you to inform you that you have been unsuccessful, or if you are being offered an interview. Most organisations will short-list candidates and conduct interviews (by telephone or in person).

If your application is successful

If your application is successful you will be contacted directly by the host organisation.

Firstly, you should think carefully about whether you are serious in committing to the offer. Please only accept the internship if you fully intend to see it through.

If you decide to accept the offer you should now think about the next steps. Do you have adequate funds to undertake the internship?  Have you discussed the details of the internship project with the host organisation?  If you are travelling abroad have you researched the necessary vaccination and visa requirements? Additionally, please look through your roles and responsibilities below.

When you are sure you are in a position to accept the offer, please confirm acceptance with the employer.

If your application is not successful

If your application is not successful, you will be contacted by the host organisation and The Internship Office.

Please note that if your applications are unsuccessful, you will still be able to apply to further internships on the programme that have later deadline dates.

Your role and responsibilities

Checklist

In applying for an internship through The Summer Internship Programme you agree to the following roles and responsibilities. Please read through the list below carefully and use it as a checklist to help prepare for your internship. This list is a mandatory component of the online application form; you will be unable to submit an application unless you agree to the below.

By applying to and participating in the Oxford University Summer Internship Programme I agree to:

  • Satisfy myself that the internship is suitable for my needs in terms of content and environment.
  • Under no circumstances accept an internship that I do not fully intend to complete. (Students who are in doubt as to whether to accept an internship offer should seek advice from the Internship Office or a Careers Adviser).
  • Make travel arrangements and, where necessary, find suitable accommodation for the duration of the internship.
  • Contribute to the internship in a professional manner.
  • Obtain adequate travel and medical insurance which includes cover for personal money and property risks; any emergency medical expenses; and repatriation in case of a medical emergency or death.
  • Act as an ambassador for the University of Oxford, being aware at all times that my personal conduct both on placement and outside of work will reflect upon myself and the university.
  • Communicate regularly with the assigned point of contact within the host employer.
  • Apply for University or College travel grants where necessary to complement any stipend that may be offered by the host employer.
  • (For International Internships) Ensure that my passport is up to date.
  • Obtain visa and work permits where necessary and take responsibility for making enquiries as to whether these are required.
  • (For International Internships) Arrange to have any necessary vaccinations etc which may be appropriate for the host country.
  • Advise the Internship Office (internships@careers.ox.ac.uk) if any difficulties arise before or during an internship that may affect my ability to complete the placement.
  • Provide feedback to Oxford University at the end of the internship.

I understand:

  • What is offered by the package of support or funding available with this internship, and that it is my responsibility to satisfy myself that the internship is financially viable for me.
  • That there is support available from the Careers Service, should I wish to disclose a physical or mental disability or any health issues that I feel may impact my internship.
  • That I can contact the Internship Office on internships@careers.ox.ac.uk before or during the internship should any difficulties arise relating to this internship.
  • If I am successful in securing an international internship, I understand that it is my responsibility to take reasonable steps to familiarise myself with the laws and customs of the location I am travelling to, including checking the Foreign Office website.

I confirm the information provided in this application is to the best of my knowledge, accurate and true, and I understand that inaccurate or untruthful information may compromise my application and/or terms of agreement of the internship.

Keep updated

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Join our ‘Internships Alerts’ mailing list

Please join our mailing list in order to receive key information and updates about the opportunities that become available through The Internship Programme, in addition to news from our other programmes. 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 the programme 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 The Internship Programme web pages.

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

This information was last updated on 11 April 2018.
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Third round micro-internships go live on Monday!

Blogged by Rosanna Mills on May 17, 2018.

Good news from the Internship Office – it’s not too late! If you haven’t found time yet to apply for exclusive work experience in weeks 9 or 10 this term, you’ll have the chance next week! From Monday 21 May we’ll open up the third round of micro-internships for applications.

The deadline will be midday, Monday 28 May. Students are allowed one additional application for this late round – so if you have already submitted two applications, you are welcome to apply once more! Please logon to CareerConnect from 21 May to view all late round opportunities. You can find out all the details of the programme on our Micro-Internship Programme webpage.

What placements can I apply for?

Interested? Here are some of the MIPs on offer, but all can be found on CareerConnect!

1 Million Women to Tech – Social Media Micro-Internship, Oxford: Are you a self-starter and team player? Brainstorm the best methods with fellow interns to increase social media following for this educational non-profit.

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Application support

We’ll be running Application Support Sessions on Tuesday 22 May, 2pm – 3.30pm and Thursday 24 May, 11.30am – 1pm. Book your slot on CareerConnect! Don’t forget, you can also receive advice straight from our host organisations with our Employer Feedback on Student Micro-Internship Applications advice document.

Questions? We’d love to hear from you. Just email micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk

Good luck with your applications!

Second round micro-internships now open!

Blogged by Rosanna Mills on May 9, 2018.

We know that Trinity can be a busy time of year. So if you missed the first opportunity to apply for exclusive work experience this term, all is not lost! The Internship Office is excited to launch the second round of the Micro-Internship Programme (MIP). Want to end your year on a good note and add something a little extra to your CV? Read on…

What sort of work experience?

In brief, MIP placements last for 2-5 days in weeks 9 or 10 every term. The sectors and projects vary greatly, but they all allow you to get stuck in and be challenged in the world of work. Students can develop a wide skillset and gain insight into all sorts of organisations, as well as make some contacts for future. In the second round, we have opportunities in business development with the Hill End Outdoor Education Centre, game development with AI Gaming, video tutorial creation with UniPrepCo, and more! This term, even the Internship Office is hosting a placement to assist with the exciting expansion of MIP!

Don’t delay any longer! We have created a handy list of all second round placements for browsing.

How do I apply?

Please visit our Micro-Internship Programme webpage for details of the process. Students can logon to CareerConnect to view full vacancy information and apply. The deadline is midday, Wednesday 16 May. Micro-internships are open to all matriculated students and you are able to make two applications per term. Although micro-internships are voluntary, host organisations must reimburse students with local travel and lunch expenses.

Need some help with your application?

For advice, we have created an Internship Office Application Support Document and Employer Feedback on Student Micro-Internship Applications. We also have Application Support Sessions on the following days, where students can receive CV and personal statement advice – just logon to CareerConnect to book a slot.

Friday 11 May, 12.00 – 14.00

Monday 14 May, 11.30 – 13.00

Tuesday 15 May, 10.00 – 11.30

We wish you luck with your applications! If you have any questions, please email them to micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk

Super summer internship opportunities still available!

Blogged by Karen Walker on May 9, 2018.

The next deadline for the Summer Internship Programme is noon on Tuesday 22 May. Opportunities are exclusive to Oxford students, and the exciting placements currently available range from a publishing internship in Brussels to marketing in Tokyo to research in Chile. Take advantage and find a fabulous way to spend your summer! Log on to CareerConnect for full details of all placements and to apply. Further advice and information is on the Internship Office webpages.

Last chance to apply for micro-internships!

Blogged by Rosanna Mills on May 2, 2018.

“It was a wonderful office and everyone was really nice and made me feel welcome. I was given work that made me feel like a real part of the company and not just an intern. I undertook this internship to gain experience of working in communications for my future career, and the week has solidified my plans.” Hilary 2018 micro-intern with the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

Exclusive work experience is right at your fingertips! And there’s still time before the deadline. This is your chance to end the academic year on a high, whether you’re looking for experience in the arts, historical research, health, consulting, health or anything else…

Micro-internships offer 2-5 day, voluntary experience placements in weeks 9 or 10 of every term. You can browse all placements from our sector and location master list and logon to CareerConnect to apply.

The deadline is tomorrow – midday, Thursday 3 May.

Full information, including application support, can be found on our Micro-Internship Programme webpage. If you have any questions, please email micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

We wish you the best of luck!

Internship Office programmes: how can I write a good application?

Blogged by Rosanna Mills on April 26, 2018.

So much time and effort goes into applications, and it’s something you always want to get spot on. It’s not easy and academic schedules are busy, but we hope that these tips will help.

Firstly, you might like to see our Internship Office Application Support document, which offers extra resources, and our Employer Feedback on Student Micro-Internship Applications. For micro-internships, we are also running Application Support Sessions up until the deadline, with sessions next week on 30 April and 2 May. Slots can be booked on CareerConnect. You can also book short discussions with our Careers Advisers.

The deadline for micro-internships: midday, Thursday 3 May.

The deadline for the next batch of summer internships: midday, Monday 30 April.

 The CV

  • Format: Is your CV accessible and one page? CVs need to look appealing and have a clear layout. There are a lot of small but important details: your name; clear headings, sections and dates; and bullet points not prose. In terms of personal details, make sure you include contact details but there is no need for a photo or your date of birth.
  • Tailoring: If possible, write about experience which is relevant to each internship. (However, we understand that tailoring CVs for micro-internships isn’t always possible due to time or if this might be your first internship, so don’t worry too much!)
  • Experience doesn’t have to be paid professional employment! Volunteering, work with student societies, other internships or work experience: these all count.
  • Responsibilities, achievements, skills, outcomes: These are the key things to include in details of your work experience. Numbers can be powerful to quantify achievements.
  • Don’t downplay your achievements or other interests: Rather than saying that you are part of the hockey team, if you hold a position of responsibility, such as a captain, treasurer or other, mention it!
  • Academic achievements: If you are concerned that you don’t have much experience, you can use your academic achievements to showcase your skills. Essay writing, research, technical work and other course requirements all need their own skillset. Plus, for micro-internships, hosts don’t often have very specific applicant profiles as they know that students apply to gain experience. Therefore, they often look for students who have a particular interest or passion rather that a fully-developed skillset.

For full CV advice, we recommend that you read our CV briefing.

The personal statement

The personal statement is similar to a cover letter, explaining both why you are interested in the placement and the organisation, and why you would be well-suited to the post.

  • Word limit: Stick to it. We recommend that you use them all (300 for MIP, 600 for summer internships) to fully demonstrate why you are suitable for the role. (If the advert requests that you include a date preference in your personal statement, this will not form part of your word count).
  • Conversational: Your statement should be professional and concise, but have a conversational quality to make it welcoming and easy to read.
  • Research: Into the organisation, role, and the industry – research is so important! This can be from the internet, publications, news stories, or fellow students or alumni, for example. We have a fantastic Summer Internship Experience resource with past intern profiles, and if indicated some students are willing to be contacted for further information. Knowledge of the organisation demonstrates a genuine interest. Don’t just copy content from their website though – can you say something original?
  • Interest and enthusiasm: Show your passion for the project at hand and the organisation, linking in with your research. What motivates you? Some internship hosts specifically ask for a student ‘with a clear interest in….’, so explain this to them and don’t be shy!
  • Evidence: Your personal statement builds on your CV, rather than repeating it. Pick out two or three points from your CV that best demonstrate your suitability for the role. It’s better to be more specific than give many, but less detailed, examples.
  • Criteria: Always link back to the advert and applicant profile, even using the same language where possible. If a host is looking for a good communicator with strong attention to detail, what have you done that required these skills? If the advert asks questions about you, they are there for a reason – make sure you answer them!

You may find our cover letter and demonstrate you fit the job criteria briefings helpful.

The checklist

A well written CV and personal statement is important, but before you click the ‘submit’ button, just check that everything is in place.

  • Personal details: It’s not unknown to have bounce backs due to incorrect email addresses, so make sure that you have the right email and phone number so the host can contact you!
  • Proofread: This is so important – any typos or grammatical errors could affect how your application is perceived. Also, it’s important to read over your application to ensure it will make sense to someone who doesn’t know you.
  • Extra requirements: If you need to specify dates or if the advert has requested anything extra, make sure that you’ve done it. Employers don’t want to be chasing small queries when they have many applications to consider.

How competitive are these internships?

This is the question that the Internship Office is asked most frequently. The main thing we say is not to worry – you can’t control it after all! If you are eager to apply for a placement and it’s something that really interests you, then why not go for it? Don’t let thoughts of competitiveness concern you as you have everything to gain and nothing to lose from applying. And even if on this occasion you are unsuccessful, you have a chance to think about what you could do to improve for next time – it’s all part of the learning curve.

 And finally…

We wish you the best of luck with your applications! If you have any further questions about our programmes, please do not hesitate to contact internships@careers.ox.ac.uk or visit our Internship Office webpages for more information.

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