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Overview

Oxford University’s internship programmes provide one of the best ways for recruiters, international educational or research institutions, and alumni (national and international) to connect with our current students. Hiring an intern from Oxford can be of value to any type of organisation. Our internship partners enjoy engaging with students of initiative and talent, they have raised their profile among our students, and established a direct link with the University of Oxford as an avenue for future collaboration and recruitment. In addition they gain an additional member of staff at a relatively low cost who can be assigned to a specific project and provide you and your organisation with creative input and quality results.

Whatever sector you work in, whether you work for yourself or represent a multinational corporation, charity, or research institute, we would be interested in discussing your participation in our internship programmes. Please browse the list below to see which of our programmes would be most suitable for you and follow the links to find out how to get involved.

“This year the five students we received became members of the team and provided efficient and excellent skills for our festival.”

– Sarah Walsh, Thames Festival Trust, London

We are always pleased with the support that the Oxford Careers Service provides for our internship programs. We consistently find that our Oxford interns are highly engaged, and often go above and beyond what is expected of them.”

– Simon McDonagh, Ashinaga, Japan

An introduction to our programmes

Detailed information is available on other pages in this section. For a quick comparison, please see below:

The Summer Internship Programme

The Summer Internship Programme provides access to summer internship placements all over the world.  It is the largest programme of its kind within Oxford University and has a very high profile among our students.  Every year it advertises hundreds of internship opportunities and receives thousands of applications from students.

  • Internships can be in any sector and in any country
  • The host organisation proposes an internship which is exclusively advertised to Oxford University students
  • Internships take place over the summer vacation and last from 2 to 12 weeks
  • The Programme is open to all current, matriculated Oxford students (undergraduates and postgraduates)

Moritz-Heyman Internship Programme

The Moritz-Heyman Internship Programme is for students from a low-income background who are in receipt of Oxford University’s Moritz-Heyman scholarships and who want to take up internships, work experience or work shadowing placements that correspond with their skills and interests.

  • Students helped on individual basis to find internships corresponding to skills and interests
  • Employers can sign up to MH internship database, to be contacted if an appropriate student participates in the programme
  • Internships can be subsidised by MH funding
  • Internships can take place during any vacation and last from 1 to 12 weeks
  • The Programme is only open to Moritz-Heyman Scholars (undergraduate students in all disciplines)
  • Students are helped on an individual basis to find internships corresponding to skills and interests, in any professional sphere

Micro-internship Programme

The Micro-internship programme provides students with convenient, short-term work placements. After a highly popular and successful pilot scheme in 2015, the programme has expanded to offer a large volume of placements across a full range of sectors, taking place in the week immediately after each Oxford term.

  • Micro-internships are placements currently offered by organisations in Oxfordshire and in Greater London
  • They are voluntary, full time work experiences lasting between two and five days
  • Interns focus on the completion of a specific project, which is provided by the host organization alongside more general work shadowing
  • Organizations cover travel expenses (within the relevant city) and lunch costs

We are very grateful to the University of Copenhagen for inspiring this programme.

Contact us

If you would like to get involved with any of our programmes, or discuss internships for Oxford students more generally, we would love to hear from you. You can write to the Internship Office at internships@careers.ox.ac.uk, or call us on +44 (0)1865 274 646.

This information was last updated on 19 December 2017.
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