The Internship Programme – Information for Sponsors

The Internship Programme was established in 2008 to offer Oxford University students access to high quality global summer internships. Due to its popularity with both students and recruiters (sponsors) it has rapidly expanded to include hundreds of placements both overseas and in the UK. Each year it facilitates contact between thousands of Oxford undergraduates and postgraduates and a wide variety of companies and organisations.

If you are a student interested in applying for an internship please visit The Internship Programme page

Why participate in the programme

“The programme is great, superb in fact.”  Julien Hofer – Datascope, London

Hiring a full-time summer intern can be of value to any type of organisation. You gain an additional member of staff at a relatively low cost who can be assigned to a specific project. In return the intern is exposed to new skills and work in a specific industry sector. Our students are bright, inquisitive, analytical, talented, hard working, energetic and ambitious and can provide you and your organisation with creative input and quality results.

Participating in The Internship Programme is also a great way to promote your organisation among our students and to develop a direct link with Oxford University. Internships advertised through the Programme receive a huge amount of attention from both undergraduates and postgraduates and all aspects of the promotion of the opportunities and the application process is managed by The Internship office.

What makes a suitable internship for this programme?

Although every internship offers a unique experience, it is expected that they will comprise the following common elements:

  • An internship for one or more students which will be exclusively offered to Oxford students and only advertised through the Oxford University Internship Programme;
  • Full-time work for 4-12 weeks, generally undertaken during the summer vacation (24th June – 3rd October 2013).  Undergraduates should not do an internship exceeding 8 weeks in duration unless they are finishing students.
  • A defined project, which creates real value for the sponsoring organisation and a valuable learning experience for the student
  • Interaction with an assigned supervisor or mentor within the sponsoring organisation
  • A stipend, or some assistance with travel or accommodation.  Internships in the UK must comply with the National Minimum Wage Act.

Who sponsors our internships?

Many of our internships are offered by alumni or current recruiters who find it rewarding to maintain a relationship with the University. We have also welcomed large multinationals and world-leading organisations and charities to the programme, due to the recruitment opportunities it facilitates, as well as smaller organisations at home and abroad who are keen to experience the kind of dynamic cultural, academic, and professional exchange that a student intern can provide.

Whatever your organisation’s area of work, if you can offer a specific project that will give a student an insight into your company doing real work that is of benefit to the organisation, we would love to hear from you.

We are looking for internship placements in small, medium and large organisations and from as many diverse areas, and regions, as possible. In 2013 we were able to offer our students internships in around 30 countries including, Brazil, Canada, China, Ecuador, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Jordan, Malawi, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore, and USA as well as within the EU and the UK.

Opportunities come from many different fields and sectors including: Education, International Development, Not-for-Profit, Social Care, Government and Agencies, Natural Resources and the Environment, Law, Finance, Luxury Travel, Retail, Museums and Galleries, Publishing, Research, Marketing, and Film and Digital Media.

How to get involved

If you would like to participate in this programme by offering our students an internship please fill in and submit the sponsor internship form.  Once you have submitted this form we will give you a call to confirm your participation.

The Internship Office manages the student application process for the Programme.

We will advertise your internship to our students and collect their documents.  After the internship application deadline has passed we will present you with the details of the applicants for your internship position.  You can then select an intern, conducting interviews of short-listed applicants if required, from among the candidates.

For additional information or queries, please email Fiona Whitehouse who manages the programme.

Internship timeline

The dates on this timeline are illustrative and relate to the advertisement and application process for The Internship Programme’s first batch of internships. Later received proposals will be advertised at a later date up to the end of April; however, please bear in mind that internships advertised in the first batch receive the maximum publicity.

Oxford University sends out requests to internship sponsors for internship opportunities Michaelmas Term 2013
International placements
Recommended deadline for internship proposals* 31 Dec 2013
Placements are advertised to students January 2014
Student applications are due 11 February 2014
Applications sent to internship sponsors Late February 2014
Sponsors interview students and select a candidate By mid March 2014
UK placements
Deadline for internship proposals* 31 January 2014
Placements are advertised to students February 2014
Student applications are due 4 March 2014
Applications sent to internship sponsors March 2014
Sponsors interview students and select a candidate Mid April 2014
Internships start Mid June 2014 onwards

*Late-advertised internships will be posted with separate time-lines.

Recommendations from Sponsors

“For the past five years we’ve sponsored interns from Oxford. They’ve all been absolutely fantastic: hard working, agreeable, and fun to have around. You’ll be surprised the insight you’ll gain seeing your business through the fresh eyes of a young Oxford student.”

Morgan Murphy, Murphy Media Inc, Alabama USA

“Well presented and with clear supporting documentation, which made it easier to choose students that fitted well into the small community that comprises our university.  Excellent caliber of students, which of course is only to be expected from Oxford. “

Harry Wilson – Okinawa Institute of Science & Technology – Okinawa, Japan

“All 3 interns were ‘thrown in at the deep end’ with challenging projects such as judgment-drafting and complex legal research in an area of law that none of them had studied. They all took to it very well and produced high quality work which greatly assisted us. “

Katya Melluish – United Nations Dispute Tribunal Nairobi, – Nairobi, Kenya

“Such a good idea for us and the students.  We are happy to say that most of the students who came in years past have found jobs in publishing.”

Michael Katz – Tradewind Books – Washington USA

“Oxford’s Internship program is a very powerful one to provide opportunities for both the students and international non-profits to get in touch with each other, understand and provide solutions to many rising issues around the globe. It is a great initiative and I hope that this will add much more value to every student’s career who opts for it.”

Selva Ganapathy – AIDIndia – Tamilnadu, India

 “The group of people you sent to our 2012 Tsinghua English Summer Camp is marvellous. Their devotion, intelligence and hard work left great impression upon our students and faculty members. We greatly enjoy their time with us. We hope they feel the same. “  

Dr. Professor Lu Zhongshe – Tsinghua University – Beijing, China

The role and responsibilities of the sponsoring organisation

We ask sponsoring organisations to:

  • Fill in a sponsor internship form providing details of the project(s) offered, and including an overview of the skills required by the ideal candidate
  • Provide an accurate and reasonably detailed description of the internship project(s) offered and the duties associated with it (them), including an overview of the skills required by the ideal candidate(s)
  • Select intern(s) from the pool of applicants forwarded by the University. Telephone (or face-to-face) interviews should be conducted, and direct contact established with potential interns
  • Provide the internship project as described (or an appropriate alternative project subject to prior discussion with the University and the student(s))
  • Provide intern(s) with an appropriate work-space and equipment necessary to carry out the internship project work
  • Designate a point of contact within the organisation, who will discuss practical arrangements with the intern before their arrival, supervise the intern(s), and act as the primary contact for communications with the University of Oxford
  • Provide the intern(s) with a stipend and/or other assistance (for example, accommodation)
  • Where necessary, sponsor the student(s) for a visa covering the duration of the internship
  • Comply with local health and safety obligations in relation to the internship(s)
  • Provide assurance that your organisation’s insurance will cover potential liability that may arise from the internship(s)
  • Provide feedback to the University of Oxford by evaluating the intern(s) at the end of the placement.