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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.finch@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.

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BP has provided Internship Awards since 2012 to enable University of Oxford students to undertake internships in BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China. The awards come attached to internships advertised through the Oxford University Internship Programme, which are listed on CareerConnect.

There are two categories of scholarship:

BP-NRE Awards

These support students undertaking internships in the Natural Resources and the Environment sector with a bursary of up to £2,500. The awards are available for current undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS) Division, however undergraduate and postgraduate students in their final year are not eligible. Final-year students are only eligible if they are continuing to further study in the MPLS division at the University of Oxford.

BP-ID Awards

These support students undertaking internships in the International Development sector with a bursary of up to £2,500. The terms of eligibility are the same as the BP-NRE awards, but three of the awards are available for students studying outside of MPLS division.

Students may only receive one Internship Award from BP during their studies at Oxford.

Environmental Change Institute Internship Awards

The Environmental Change Institute gives funding to support student internships in the environmental and sustainability sector offered through the Internship Programme. These awards are pre-allocated to particular internships as indicated on the placement description on CareerConnect. If you have been offered an internship position which states it offers ECI funding, please contact alice.chautard@ouce.ox.ac.uk

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 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 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 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 Oxford University 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 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.

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.

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 Oxford University 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 2018 awards will be published from January 2018 on the Oxford University Alumni website.

This information was last updated on 15 November 2017.
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  • Where: The Careers Service
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If you are participating in a micro-internship this term, or planning any kind of internship in the near future, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead and work out how you can really benefit. How can you make an impact? How can you impress your employer? What can you do to maximise your experience for the future?

All of these questions and more will be answered at our event next week. Join us to hear essential advice from Careers Service staff and gain an insight from our guest speakers: a current host from the Stockholm Environmental Institute, a previous micro-intern for The Nasio Trust who is now employed by the charity, and a Trinity Term 2017 micro-intern.

Although the event finishes at 13.30, you are welcome to join us afterwards for tea and coffee, and to chat with other interns and our speakers. Come prepared with all your internship questions!

Booking is required for this event, and is now open on CareerConnect.

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