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Summer Internship Programme Funding | The Careers Service Summer Internship Programme Funding – Oxford University Careers Service
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Applying for our funds

The Internship Office manages a number of internship scholarships and grants which are allocated to students who undertake internships through the Summer Internship Programme. Some of the scholarships are open to all our students who secure an internship through the programme while others are awarded subject to eligibility.

If you have been offered an internship

If a host organisation has offered you an internship which is advertised as having an internship award attached, you must let us know as soon as possible so that we can check your eligibility (if any apply) so we can transfer the funding to you. Please email the Internship Office Finance Officer, stacey.phillington@careers.ox.ac.uk with the details of your placement.

Our funding sources

Alumni Association Travel Grants

The University’s Alumni Association generously offers £4,000 per annum to support internships. These grants are pre-allocated to particular placements as indicated on the internship description on CareerConnect.

Association of Commonwealth Universities 

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is the voice of higher education in the Commonwealth. A UK-registered charity, the ACU is the world’s first international university network, established in 1913. The ACU has more than 500 member institutions in over 50 countries, and brings together some of the most prestigious universities internationally with relatively new institutions in some of the world’s least developed countries.

Through targeted grants, scholarships, innovative programmes and projects, and professional development opportunities, the ACU helps member universities to build the capacity of their emerging academics and strengthen the systems in place to support their development. The ACU are generously co-funding internships based in Commonwealth countries. The awards come attached to internships advertised through the Summer Internship Programme, which are listed on CareerConnect.

ERASMUS+

Erasmus+ is the European Union’s (EU) funding programme for education and training, youth and sport between 2014 and 2020. The University of Oxford has been awarded an Erasmus charter to take part in the programme, and uses part of the funding it receives to support both undergraduates and postgraduates (PGT and PGR students) to undertake two month placements in Europe through the Summer Internship Programme.  Details of whether a placement qualifies for an Erasmus+ grant is included in the placement specifications on CareerConnect. The awards are open to all enrolled students regardless of their fee status.

Erasmus funding is calculated according to the exact length of the internship, and varies by the country being visited, but in most cases students will receive approximately €700-800 per internship. Internships must be a minimum of two calendar months (not 8 weeks!). Successful candidates will be contacted by the Erasmus team and must complete all requirements specified to ensure they remain eligible for funding. Although the grant is calculated in Euros, the awards will be paid in Pounds in two instalments, with 80% payable at the start of the internship and the remaining 20% shortly after the internship finishes.  The latest possible start date for your internship must be August 1st as you must have completed your two month placement by the 30th September.

Students can receive a maximum of 12 months of Erasmus funding throughout the course of their degree, and therefore students who have already received Erasmus funding or plan to apply for it on their year abroad later in their degree may not be eligible. If students are concerned about this requirement they can contact the Erasmus team at erasmus@admin.ox.ac.uk.

International Strategy Scholarships

The University’s International Strategy Office generously offers £3,000 per annum to support internships. These scholarships are pre-allocated to particular internships as indicated on the placement description on CareerConnect.

Fung Scholarships at Oxford

If you are a current undergraduate and have been offered an internship in China and Hong Kong through the Summer Internship Programme, you may receive a bursary of up to £2000 courtesy of the Victor and William Fung Foundation. You can only receive one scholarship from the Victor & William Fung Foundation during your time at Oxford. If, for example, you are studying BA Chinese and have received a scholarship from the foundation previously, you will not be eligible again. Details of whether a placement qualifies for this funding is included in the placement specifications on CareerConnect.

Quantitative Methods Awards for Social Scientists

Oxford’s Q-Step Centre has provided Q-Step Internship Awards since their launch in 2014. Undergraduate students from the Social Sciences Division (or students studying part of a joint degree in Social Sciences) can receive up to £1,500 to undertake an internship which focuses on the development of quantitative methods skills. The awards come attached to internships advertised through the Summer Internship Programme, which are listed on CareerConnect.

Please note that students who are studying Economics and Management, and History and Economics will NOT be eligible for this award. The internships are particularly relevant for first year students who have studied the Q-Step module.

It is a condition of the award that students will be required to provide feedback about the internship and the development of their quantitative methods skills in the work place.

Santander Internship Awards

Santander generously offers a number of awards through the Summer Internship Programme every year which we are able to allocate to internships based in the Santander Network countries. These scholarships are pre-allocated to particular internships as indicated on the internship description on CareerConnect. All students applying to a Santander-funded internship are eligible to receive this funding.

Santander SME Awards

Santander is part-funding internships which are offered by UK-registered organisations with 250 employees or less and which have an annual turnover of fifty million pounds or less. Organisations can include companies, sole traders, partnerships and charities. These scholarships are pre-allocated to particular internships as indicated on the internship description on CareerConnect. All students applying to a Santander SME-funded internship are eligible to receive this funding.

External funding sources

If you require additional support for your internship you should consider applying to alternative funding sources.

Oxford Pro Bono Publico Internship Fund

If you are currently enrolled in a graduate degree at the University of Oxford and require additional financial support, you may apply to the Oxford Pro Bono Publico Internship Fund. The fund is available to students who are interested in undertaking unpaid or poorly paid internships with public interest law organisations, including internships obtained through the Summer Internship Programme. More information can be found on the Pro Bono Publico website.

College & Department Funding

Many Oxford colleges and departments have travel bursaries which you can apply for. We would strongly encourage you to contact your college or department as soon as possible to explore the options which may be available to you as application deadlines can be very early.

OUS Network Student Awards

A number of regional alumni groups in the UK make awards to Oxford students from their area. Details of 2019 awards will be published from January on the Oxford University Alumni website.

This information was last updated on 11 December 2018.
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Recent blogs about Summer Internship Programme Funding

Browse UK Summer Internships by Sector and Location

Blogged by Internship Office on 27/02/2019.

Are you looking for an exciting and interesting summer internship but not sure how to find it?

The Summer Internship Programme has a wide range of opportunities available exclusively for Oxford students, from education to consulting, museum curation to scientific research. Our UK internships are being advertised now on CareerConnect, with an application deadline of 11 March.

You can now browse the opportunities using our Sector and Location Lists.

Please note that further international and UK internships will be available through the programme in our late batch of applications from mid-March.

Please see our application support guide for ways to get help with your application, and don’t forget to stay up to date with the internship programmes by signing up to the Internship Office email alerts and visiting the Internship Office Facebook page.

Making the Most of Your Internship Workshop

Blogged by Internship Office on 27/02/2019.

Ever wondered how to make the most of an internship? The Internship Office has a workshop just for you!

We know that a number of you have internships coming up, so what better way to prepare for them than attending a workshop dedicated on making the most out of your time whilst there?

The Internship Office will be holding the Making the Most of Your Internship workshop on Wednesday 6 March, 12:30-13:30 at the Careers Service.

Through this workshop, we will explore ways in which you can maximise the opportunities on offer through your placement. Whilst this will be tailored towards those students undertaking Micro-internships, all students are welcome to attend. Spaces are limited, so secure your place here.

As ever, email to micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk or visit the Micro-Internship Programme webpage if you have any questions.

Our second round of micro-internships is now LIVE!

Blogged by Internship Office on 13/02/2019.

Are you interested in a two to five day placement at the end of Hilary term?

Sign in to CareerConnect to view all the micro-internship placements available in 9th or 10th week. The deadline is midday, Monday 18 February.

Perhaps you were unsuccessful in your first-round applications, or perhaps you didn’t manage to apply at all. Either way, a selection of micro-internship placements are now available for you to apply. Placements take place in Week 9 or 10 of Hilary term. One application per student at this stage.

Still not heard back from an application submitted in first round?

All students will be updated over the next few days regarding their first round applications. If you are made an offer, remember you will have two days to accept or decline it once you have heard back from all applications. You can respond to an offer by emailing micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Any questions?

For full programme information, please visit our Micro-Internship Programme webpage.. Email us at micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk if you have any further questions.

Second round of micro-internships open next week, Monday 11 February!

Blogged by Internship Office on 06/02/2019.

For one week only, we are accepting applications for the second round of Micro-Internships.

Perhaps you were unsuccessful in your first-round applications, or perhaps you didn’t manage to apply at all. Either way, a selection of micro-internship placements will be available for you to apply on Monday 11 February, mid-day. One application per student at this stage.

Second round deadline – The application window is open for one week and will close Monday 18 February at mid-day.

What If I have not heard back from the first round? – We aim to make each student aware of the outcome of any application they made in the first round by Wednesday 13 February. However, if you wish, you can make one further application at any point during the second round.

Offers in first round – For those of you who applied in first round and have been made an offer, you have two days to accept or decline it once you have heard back from all first-round applications. You can respond to an offer by emailing micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Visit the Micro-Internship Programme webpage for further information.

Browse international summer internships by sector and location

Blogged by Internship Office on 21/01/2019.

Are you looking for help to navigate the huge array of international summer internships currently available exclusively to Oxford students as part of the Summer Internship Programme?

The Internship Office has now published internship lists by sector and location so you can browse our international internships to find a summer opportunity that really appeals to you.

Don’t forget that students can make 3 applications to the current batch of internships, with a deadline of 18 February.

If you need help with your application, you can book a one to one support session with a member of the Internship Office to get your application checked. See our application support guide for other resources and tips.

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