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About Moritz-Heyman Scholars

Thanks to a generous donation by Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman, 150 first-year undergraduate students are invited each year to become Moritz-Heyman Scholars.  The scholars are selected according to the following criteria:

  • household income: UK-resident students from households with incomes of £16,000 or less
  • rate of participation in higher education in the post code where the student lives
  • socio-economic indicators in the post code where the student lives
  • their school’s average attainment at GCSE and A-Level
  • their school’s history of sending students to Oxford
  • students from a background in care

All subject areas are eligible, but greater weighting is given in the selection process to students studying subjects in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

About the Moritz-Heyman Internship Programme

Holders of the Moritz-Heyman scholarship are encouraged to gain work experience during their time at Oxford and funding and support are available to help them do so.  The Moritz-Heyman Internship Programme has been established to enable the scholars to take advantage of this opportunity by undertaking vacation internships or work shadowing placements with a company or organisation of their choice.

Moritz-Heyman Scholars will seek work experience corresponding to their skills and interests. This can be in any sector and any duration – from a week’s shadowing to a three-month internship over the summer. They can take place during any university vacation (Summer, Christmas and Easter).

We offer internships exclusively to Moritz-Heyman scholars, which are advertised on a rolling basis.

Reasons to participate

Offering an internship to a Moritz-Heyman scholar is a great way to help the career development of students from a low-income background.  It is also a great way to be introduced to gifted and dynamic students who have a keen interest in working in your sector.  The Internship Office’s dedicated team will also work closely with the students in order to understand their needs, skills and interests before making contact with you.  We will also be on hand to deal with any issues that may arise during the course of the internship and we will provide financial support to some scholars to help subsidise their costs.

If you might be interested in working with these students, or would like to discuss the programme further please email

Get involved

Employers can participate in the Moritz-Heyman Internship Programme by offering an exclusive Moritz-Heyman internship. Scholars study a wide range of degree subjects and are very engaged with the idea of undertaking internships during any of the vacation periods. Exclusive placements offered to Scholars might attract anything between five and twenty-five applications depending on the project, duration and location. Employers offer a diverse range of professional and research experiences, however all internships must meet the following criteria:

  • The internships should only be for Moritz-Heyman Scholars who apply through the programme. You may advertise similar internships elsewhere, but those entered into the programme should be set aside for MH Scholars specifically (please note: you are not obliged to select a candidate if none is suitable).
  • The internships offered should comprise full-time work for 1 – 12 weeks (no more than 8 weeks for non-finalists) over the summer months (from the end of June to the end of September) or up to 3 weeks over the Christmas (December-January) or Easter break (March-April).
  • Internships should involve a meaningful work project with adequate supervision from a mentor appointed within the organisation.
  • All for-profit organisations are expected to pay minimum wage or above.
  • We ask that not-for-profit organisations make a contribution towards the cost of internship placements, for example free accommodation and meals.

You can advertise a Moritz-Heyman Internship as follows:

  1. All organisations should register on CareerConnect, our online vacancy system. Please see our CareerConnect guide for recruiters for an overview of the registration process and how to post an MH internship opportunity.
  2. If you are a new employer, the Internship Office Team will arrange a telephone or Skype call with you to discuss the internship and answer any questions you may have.
  3. The internship advertisement will be released to students and you will be advised of the closing date. Usually we allow 3 weeks for the advertisement and application period, although this is flexible.
  4. Students will view the advertisement and upload their application documents. The Internship Office will respond to students’ queries on your behalf.
  5. After the closing date, we will send you the packet of applications for consideration. We ask that you reject, shortlist and interview applicants directly.
  6. Use CareerConnect to advise us of your chosen intern/s.


If you have any questions about the Moritz-Heyman Internship Programme, please email

The role and responsibilities of the host employer

The host organisation has the following responsibilities:

  • 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 who apply through the programme.  Telephone (or face-to-face) interviews should be conducted, and direct contact established with potential interns. Reasonable travel expenses must be provided for face-to-face interviews.
  • 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), as agreed with the Internship Office prior to the start of the internship
  • Comply with UK health and safety legislation 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.
  • Make any necessary and reasonable adjustments to accommodate interns in the case of disability or additional needs, in accordance with the the Equality Act 2010 and the University of Oxford Equality Policy.
This information was last updated on 20 November 2017.
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