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What are micro-internships?

Micro-internships are short-term, full-time work placements, which are available at the end of each term with organisations across Oxfordshire and Greater London. These placements are available exclusively to matriculated Oxford students.

All placements last 2-5 days and take place in Week 9. Each placement presents a specific, cohesive work project to be tackled: one which will develop your professional skills, add to your CV, and make an impact on your host organisation. Placements can be research-based or professional, with host organisations ranging from investment banks and consultancy firms to tech start-ups and heritage sites.

Micro-internships are voluntary, though hosts at a minimum will cover interns travel expenses (within the relevant city) and lunch expenses.

If you are an organisation looking to offer a micro-internship then please take a look at our Micro-internships Employer Information.

What will I do?

As the focus of the placement, you will be assigned a challenging work project to tackle and complete within the 2-5 days. There are a broad range of projects advertised through the Programme, involving many different skills, and which are related to many different sectors.

The project may be self-contained or form part of a larger, on-going project. It is also possible for multiple related projects to be assigned and tackled over the course of the placement.

Work on the project(s) will usually be accompanied by work shadowing, offering insight into the professional workings and daily life at your host organisation. This might include sitting in on meetings, assisting with day-to-day tasks, or observing a notable project or process.

Examples of past projects

“I worked as one of three editors working on the second issue of the magazine ‘Health and Humanitarian: The Supply Chain Review’. My job included researching success stories in health and humanitarian supply chains, contacting professionals working in both the private and public sectors, collecting and editing articles from contributors, and developing layout for the magazine.” – intern at Pamela Steele Associates (Oxfordshire)

“My job consisted of researching representations of fear in popular culture, producing a research report and a blog post summarising my findings. The company is going to launch a new horror board game and they wanted to get some ideas regarding how to translate fear-inducing strategies in other media into the board-game format .” – intern at Inside the Box LLP (London)

“I produced a ‘thematic package’ of research on the subject of human trafficking in the refugee crisis. This consisted in summaries of three reports on the subject (from the UN and Oxfam), an infographic, animated video, and fact-sheet. The thematic package is to appear on childhub.org, a website providing information for people working in child protection in south-eastern Europe, run by Terre des Hommes.” – intern at Terre des Hommes (based in Hungary, intern worked remotely)

“I focused on constructing a tasting experience and guidelines for the representative conducting the tasting and this was tailored to three different scenarios. The project was very open which allowed me to explore other related areas and to get a solid understanding of the premium spirits industry and the artisan alcohol market.”- intern at Mastiha World (Oxford)

Other past projects have included:

  • The development of new marketing initiatives, and reviews of existing marketing strategies
  • Data collection, entry and presentation: from creating, distributing and compiling surveys and survey responses, to the photographing and digitising of medieval manuscripts
  • Event planning
  • Fundraising and awareness campaigns
  • Product development
  • Research, analysis and report writing: from investigating the ramifications of organisation relocation and restructuring, to market research
  • IT testing, website creation and software development
Why do a micro-internship?

 

Internships offer the opportunity to acquire a range of employability skills such as problem-solving, self-management, presentation and communication skills, and commercial awareness (see more in our webpage about Employability Skills). These skills are highly valued by employers, and the ability to demonstrate them is vital during the recruitment process. By the end of your micro-internship you will have achieved tangible outcomes for your host organisation; outcomes which can be then be translated as evidence for exhibiting certain attributes – particularly on CVs, cover letters and application forms, and in interviews.

The additional significant benefits of micro-internships include:

  • Convenience – all micro-internships last 2-5 days and take place during 9th week, so you can gain work experience even if you have a busy schedule
  • Accessibility – all micro-internships are based in Oxfordshire (most of these within Oxford) and Greater London
  • Insight – a micro-internship will give you a concise insight into a particular sector or type of organisation. If you are considering pursuing a career in a certain sector, a micro-internship is a great way of helping you to decide if you might like to pursue it further
  • Variety – because placements are both short and voluntary, a great variety of different organisations are able to offer placements through the programme, many of which would not ordinarily be in a position to support interns – particularly start-ups and charities
  • Contacts- placements provide a fantastic opportunity to network with professionals in your chosen field, with some micro-internships leading to further work experience or career opportunities.

Feedback from past interns

“Had a wonderful time that has given me a much better sense of what it is like to work in an office, to work as a consultant, and to work in the development sector. The people at PSA were all so welcoming and kind.” –2nd Year BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Pamela Steele Associates

“Really enjoyable to end the term working on something unrelated to my degree. Also great to be valued and listened to by professionals in an interesting sector.” –– 4th year BA Modern Languages, Nasio Trust

“It was a great experience that let me contribute to a close-knit team of people working on a global scale. It gave me a key insight into the sector and taught me a lot about this kind of work.”- 4th year BA English and Modern Languages, MEY Designs

“I had a fantastic time. The team was supportive and I was warmly welcomed into the office. Unlike some other internships I have completed, my micro-internship week felt like I had really contributed something [to the company]. It was also a brilliant insight into the sphere of consultancy, and I believe I have improved my skills set and enhanced my CV – even after only one week.” MSc Nature, Society and Environmental Governance, Synergy Global Consulting

“It is my first experience of internship, and it was truly amazing internship, as I achieved a lot during the 5 days, and experienced the whole development cycle, from learning about the division through documents, to interviews with clients and manager, to design and develop the prototype. And it was really rewarding to see that my clients are very pleased with the product.”– Dphil Computer Science, University of Oxford Estate Services

Applying for a micro-internship

When to apply (each term)

  • Placements advertised to students: from Week 0
  • Applications deadline: midnight Sunday Week 3 (some placements may seek further applicants, and will remain available for up to two more weeks)
  • Applications sent to placement hosts for review, and the Internship Office communicates hosts’ decisions to applicants: from Week 3
  • Applicants are informed of their application outcome: by Monday Week 7

Sign up to our ‘Internships Alerts‘ emailing list in order to stay updated about the Micro-Internship Programme each term.

Where to apply

Each term’s micro-internships are advertised on CareerConnect.

Once logged into CareerConnect go to Search & Apply under the Internship Office and Skills Programmes tab, and then select ‘The Micro-Internship Programme’ from the Programme drop-down on the Refine search toolbar (on the left side of the page) in order to identify and view all opportunities currently available.

See p16-20 in our comprehensive Guide to using CareerConnect for information on searching and applying for micro-internships.

Micro-internships are also advertised via our ‘Internships Alerts‘ emailing list, on our Facebook page, in the weekly Careers Service e-newsletter, and on the Careers Service blog.

How to apply

You may apply for TWO micro-internships per term, though you may only accept one placement offer. Please note that only matriculated Oxford students are eligible to apply. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

You can apply to your micro-internship of choice by clicking ‘Apply Now’ on the respective vacancy page on CareerConnect, and following the instructions provided. You will be required to upload a file combining an up-to-date, one-page CV with a 300 word personal statement. This can be a pdf file or a Word document. Please note, that CVs or personal statements that are significantly longer than the application requirements may not be accepted.

To see the full range of support on offer to assist you in your application please download our Application Support Document.

Don’t forget that the Internship Office runs Application Support sessions for applicants to the Micro-Internship and Internship Programmes. These sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the application period for internship programmes at the Careers Service and can be booked via  CareerConnect.

Sign up to the ‘Internships Alerts’ emailing list or follow the Careers Service blog in order to receive each term’s Application Support session schedule.

If you feel like you need more support with your application we would recommend taking a look at our website for guidance on CVs and Cover Letters. You can also make an appointment with a Careers Adviser.

Frequently asked questions

Will I be paid?

Micro-internships are voluntary, though hosts at a minimum will cover interns travel expenses (within the relevant city) and lunch expenses. We ask students to ensure that they clarify reimbursement arrangements ahead of their placements once they are put in touch with their placement supervisor.

Because the placements are voluntary, the Programme is able to offer a much wider range of placements to choose from, particularly among smaller and not-for-profit organisations. Larger, for-profit organisations are often able to offer additional financial remuneration. The exact expenses details for each placement are shown on their respective online vacancies on CareerConnect.

If you think you will be unable to take up a placement for financial reasons please let us know.

Is accommodation provided?

It is the responsibility of applicants to the Programme to arrange, and cover the cost of, their own accommodation.

For Oxford-based placements, if you live in college accommodation we recommend that you approach your college with requests for a 9th week extension as soon as you apply for your micro-internship. See below for further information about accommodation.

On what days will the micro-internship take place?

Micro-internships take place each term during 9th week, and last between two and five days. Before applying for a micro-internship you should ensure that you will be available for the duration of the placement. The duration of the placement, and the days on which it takes place, are decided by the host organisation. These are usually specified upfront but if you have any further queries you can email micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any current, matriculated University of Oxford student (undergraduate or postgraduate) may apply for a micro-internship. Visiting students are unable to apply.

MBA and EMBA students from the Said Business School are unable to apply; we would encourage those students to access the Said Business School Careers Service.

How many times can I apply?

You can apply to two different micro-internships per term, though you may only accept one placement offer per term.

My question is not answered here!

If you have a question to which you cannot find the answer, email us at micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

To keep updated with the launch of vacancies and deadlines for the submission of applications, make sure you follow the Careers Service blog and sign up to our ‘Internships Alerts‘ emailing list.

Accommodation during micro-internships

For Oxford placements, if you live in University-maintained accommodation we suggest that you approach your college as soon as you apply for a micro-internship to see if you will be able to secure an extension for 9th week. We can provide a letter of support to your college if necessary: please contact us at micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

If you are unable to obtain a 9th week extension in college, or if your placement is in London, you might consider some of the following options:

  • Staying with friends
  • Circulating a request for a spare room via your JCR/MCR mailing list, president or meetings – many students who live in house- and flat-shares outside of college will have rooms available in Oxford during the holidays
  • Asking friends at other Oxford colleges to book a guest room for you
  • Approaching the accommodation offices of other Oxford colleges directly
  • Facebook groups like OxGrad Housing can be useful for finding or requesting rooms in Oxford
  • Websites such as AirbnbSpareroom or Unlease
  • YHA Oxford has private rooms from £55, and there are many cheap hostels and hotels across London

If you think you may be unable to undertake your placement due to accommodation issues, please contact us (micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk) and we will try to help.

This information was last updated on 23 January 2017.
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As long as you have permission to work in Singapore please register to attend online.

Please note that we are asking everyone to include a link to their LinkedIn profile so that alumni can have an idea of who is attending. If you have any questions or concerns about putting together a LinkedIn profile please first read the advice on LinkedIn. If you haven’t already signed up to LinkedIn but have created a CV based around work experience and involvement in student groups, then it’s straightforward to transfer that content into a LinkedIn profile, so we recommend starting with our advice on writing CVs.

If you need further advice about creating a LinkedIn profile, please make an appointment with a Careers Adviser. You can book a short discussion with a Careers Adviser through CareerConnect: our webpage on Advice Appointments shows you how to do this. Appointments are available face to face, over the phone and via Skype.

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