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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
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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)

The 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 vacation period after each Oxford term.

  • Micro-internships are placements currently offered by organisations in the UK and Mainland Europe
  • 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.

Crankstart Internship Programme (formerly known as Moritz-Heyman)

The Crankstart Internship Programme is one aspect of the Internship Office’s programme of enhanced support for the university’s Crankstart Scholars (formerly known as Moritz-Heyman Scholars) – a group of widening participation students from low-income backgrounds. Employers can offer internship opportunities exclusively to these Scholars at different times of the year.

  • Exclusive internship opportunities for Crankstart Scholars across all sectors, both internationally and in the UK
  • Internships can take place in the Christmas and Easter vacations (for up to 3 weeks) and the summer vacation (for up to 12 weeks)
  • Individual CV & Internship Advice sessions offering support to students to help them find an internship corresponding to their skills and interests
  • Subsidised internships through Crankstart funding

The Internship office also runs the Crankstart Careers Mentoring Programme, matching Scholars with mentors in their career area of interest.

The Promentor Programme

The Promentor Programme: An Alumni Mentoring Programme matches selected Oxford students with Oxford alumni in order to develop a mentoring partnership. Each year, bursary-holding students are invited to apply, with 10 first year students being selected as mentees per year. Following a matching process, mentees are introduced to 3 mentors, who they have access to throughout their time as an undergraduate at Oxford. Meetings are suggested to take place at least once a term.

Selected mentees also have access to:

  • Funding, specifically for work or research experiences, such as internships
  • One-to-one CV & Internship support
  • A mid-point and end-point review with fellow mentees
  • A newsletter alerting to internship opportunities offered by the Internship Office
Meet the Internship Office team
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Dr Fiona Whitehouse, Head of the Internship Office

Fiona Whitehouse, The Internship Office

As Head of the Internship Office at the Careers Service, Fiona leads on internships strategy, forges new global internship partnerships, runs workshops and seminars for groups of undergraduate and post graduate students and shares best practice with other universities. She also coaches students one-to-one with internship advice (her focus is primarily helping Crankstart Scholars find relevant work experience).

As an undergraduate Fiona studied Fine Art and Italian at Exeter University and completed a Master in History of Art and Aesthetics at Oxford.  Fiona also holds a Doctorate in 15th Century Painting Techniques. Previous to working at the University of Oxford Fiona worked in the High-Tech Sector in the US and the UK.

Rachel Ruscombe-King, Deputy Head of the Internship Office

Rachel Ruscombe-King, The Internship OfficeRachel has worked in the Internship Office since 2015, primarily focusing on the Summer Internship Programme.

Rachel collaborates with employers all over the world to create new and exciting internships for Oxford students, finds creative ways to grow the number and quality of opportunities, and ensures they are delivered to a high standard. She has oversight for all marketing and promotion of the Summer Internship Programme, and assists with developing Internship Office strategy.

Before working at the University of Oxford, Rachel was a youth worker with The Prince’s Trust, and worked in Malawi on community development projects with VSO.

Callum Livermore, Internship Officer (Micro-Internships and Micro-Placements for Research Staff)

Callum Livermore, The Internship OfficeCallum has worked in the Internship Office since 2018, primarily managing the Micro-Internship Programme. He also oversees the Micro-Placement Programme for Research Staff.

Callum works with employers within the UK and mainland Europe to offer Oxford students exclusive short-term placements where they can gain key employability skills. Additionally, Callum runs regular 1:1 internship application support session.

Previously to working at the University of Oxford, Callum completed both his LLB in Law at the University of Birmingham and his LLM at the University of Law. Callum is particularly interested in musical theatre and can often be found in a theatre somewhere!

Phoebe Benfield, Crankstart Internships and Careers Mentoring Officer

Phoebe Benfield, The Internship OfficePhoebe has worked at the Internship Office since 2017, primarily working with Crankstart Scholars and delivering the exclusive Internship and Careers Mentoring Programmes. She also oversees the running of the Promentor Programme, working alongside students, employers and mentors across both programmes.

Phoebe offers Scholars support and advice with internship applications, funding queries, and any general questions about the Careers Service’s numerous programmes exclusively for Crankstart Scholars. Previous to working at the University of Oxford, Phoebe completed her BA in English Literature at UCL, and has a particular interest in film, having participated in programmes with the BFI and Barbican.

Paloma Campos Da Silva, Internship Office Assistant

Paloma Campos Da Silva, The Internship OfficePaloma has recently joined the Internship Office Team as Internship Office Assistant.

She gives administrative support to the Internship Office Team as a whole and more specifically, she works on the Summer Internship Programme. She supports the promotion and marketing of internship programmes, analyses and report feedback from students and employers, maintains contacts with existing host organisations and supports the team in creating new international partnerships.

Paloma holds a BA in Modern Languages and a MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Milan. Prior to joining the Careers Service, she worked at University College as part of the HR team and was coordinating a development project in Africa. Paloma is particularly interested in immigration policies and international development.

Sarah Acton, Promentor Programme Administrator

Sarah Acton, The Internship OfficeSarah manages the Promentor Programme: An Alumni Mentoring Programme which matches selected* first year students with 3 alumni mentors working in desired sectors/industries. Mentees in this programme receive travel costs to meet their mentors, £250 per year to cover costs, and access to a bursary of £2500 per student to finance internships and research placements during the course of their undergraduate degree. When not at the Careers Service, Sarah can be found at the East Oxford Allotments.

*EU students with a household income of 25k or less, excluding Crankstart students (16k or less) so effectively open to students with a family income of between 16 and 25k.


Contact us
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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 17 December 2019.
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