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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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Browse New ‘late batch’ Summer Internships by Sector!

Blogged by Rachel Ruscombe-King on March 20, 2018.

The momentum of the Summer Internship Programme continues apace, with more than 70 internships currently being advertised exclusively to Oxford students in our first ‘late batch’ of internship applications. Students may apply to an unlimited number of ‘late’ internships with a deadline of April 9 2018.

There are some fabulous opportunities available such as banking in Laos, employability research at the University of Pretoria, and computer gaming design for an art installation in the Czech Republic. Please browse our sector lists to help you find your summer of a lifetime!

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As ever, please email internships@careers.ox.ac.uk with any questions, and don’t forget to like and follow our facebook page to keep updated.

Pondering Periodicals: Print Publishing Beyond the Book

Posted on behalf of Society of Young Publishers (SYP). Blogged by Julia Hilton on March 19, 2018.

In the world of publishing, the book is king—or is it? Join us on Tuesday 20 March at The Old Firestation, 6:30pm, to find out more about the broader field of print publishing, from academic journals to popular magazines: our exciting panel of speakers includes Sarah Williams, Editor of Who Do You Think You Are? magazine, Grace Ranola, Associate Publisher of Law, Humanities, and Social Sciences journals at Oxford University Press, and Laura Silverman, Editor of illustrated literary magazine, Popshot. With a Q&A format encouraging questions on how print publishing works beyond Oxford’s academic book scene, and how to get into and succeed in the industry, it’s set to be a fun and informative evening, as well as a chance to meet and network with fellow publishing students and professionals.

Free for SYP members; £2 for non-members

Sarah Williams, Editor of Who Do You Think You Are? magazine

Sarah got into magazine publishing after ranting about apostrophes in a pub with a sub-editor from Official Playstation Magazine in her early 20s. Her passion for grammar got her her first job in magazines working on InternetWorks at Future Publishing. She moved on to Windows XP Magazine when it launched and then Origin Publishing as part of the launch team for Living History Magazine. When Origin was acquired by BBC Magazines she became deputy editor of BBC History before launching Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine in 2007.

Grace Ranola, Associate Publisher of Law, Humanities, and Social Sciences journals at Oxford University Press

Grace completed a BA in English Literature and History at Durham University before beginning a two-month internship in the Higher Education department of Oxford University Press. When the two months were up, she moved to work in the editorial team of OUP’s Academic Journals department where she is now responsible for publishing a list of Law and Humanities journals. Grace is also a member of the newly-formed Outreach and Engagement Committee of the UKSG.

Laura Silverman, Editor of illustrated literary magazine, Popshot

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We hope to see you there!

If you have any access-related queries or issues, please do contact us on Twitter (@SYP_Oxford) or email at events.syp.oxford@gmail.com


Easter Closure and Careers Advice during the vacation

Blogged by Karan Karasinska on March 15, 2018.

The Careers Service will be closed for Easter from Thursday 29 March until Monday 2 April, reopening on Tuesday 3 April. Apart from these days, 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 19 March until Thursday 12 April. (Please note that this service is only offered and monitored during these dates and you will not receive a response if your email is sent after Thursday 12 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.

Get Into Teaching

Posted on behalf of Rate my Placement and Get Into Teaching. Blogged by Julia Hilton on March 14, 2018.

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You can register your interest using this form to hear all about the opportunities. They’re even offering a spot prize of £200 this week to one lucky student that registers to find out more.

Your career is not predestined by your degree choice

Posted on behalf of Lazard. Blogged by Julia Hilton on March 14, 2018.

History of Art Oxford graduate Jimena Nowack is currently working as an Analyst (Retail, Consumer & Leisure) at Lazard. Lazard is a leading financial advisory and asset management firm. Jimena told us more about her transition from the Arts to working in finance. It’s a more common route for Arts and Humanities graduates than you might think!

If you’re contemplating a career in finance but don’t know where to start, book an appointment with a Careers Adviser and join one of the finance societies at Oxford. It’s really important to do your research and meet with firms to really understand what they’re looking for and the roles available. A useful resource to get you started is our Banking and Investment sector overview.
Jimena Nowack, BA History of Art, Christ Church College 2016

A little about me…

I was born in Spain, and I have lived in Buenos Aires, Madrid and the US. Lazard has been my first full-time job and I couldn’t recommend it more: both for Humanities and Sciences students. My background in the Arts is certainly not the most conventional route to a career in investment banking, however, I have never felt any impediment during the selection process, in my day-to-day job or with my future career progression.

Why did you choose this industry?

During my second year at University, I started to consider what I wanted to pursue after university and potential jobs and careers. In my mind, I was destined for a career in the art world, because it made the most sense with my choice of degree. I applied for a summer internship at an auction house and although it was a valuable experience, I realised I wanted a far more challenging day-to-day role with a steeper learning curve and one that was in steady pace with what was happening around the world. During my final year of university, I applied to investment banking graduate roles. I decided not to apply to bulge-bracket firms as I realised from my experience at university that I preferred a smaller, more collegiate environment. One where I could exercise a bit more creativity and is more personalised where everyone is known by their name and their ideas.

What has surprised you most about working at Lazard?

What has surprised me is how close-knit the teams are; how much brainstorming and idea-generation go into the job; and the variety of work and the variety of skills you develop as an analyst. The huge advantage to working in small teams is that you are in direct contact with MDs and Directors – and this is something that definitely does not happen at other/bulge bracket banks. Undoubtedly, there is a financial element to the role (the so-called “number crunching”) but there is also so much more than this. As a Humanities student, I have been pleasantly surprised by the amount of creative thinking required – in finding a creative and compelling, often unexpected, solution to a problem, or coming up with an original idea. On the whole, I have quickly realised that Investment Banking is a lot more about people, personality and ideas – more than what it is usually given credit for.

What advice would you give to students considering a career in Financial Advisory?

I always advise students to try and get a holistic insight into the industry and the company before making any decisions. Anyone who likes being challenged and working hard may be drawn to Law or Management Consulting, but they should also consider Financial Advisory. Don’t assume you cannot successfully transfer to other fields of work. In my team of eight, there are colleagues who studied Linguistics, History, Economic and the Classics and they are now all enjoying a successful career at Lazard

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