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Become a sponsor

We recognise that both students and employers see gaining work experience as an important part of the student experience.  We are therefore increasing our efforts to help Oxford students to find appropriate internships for their summer vacations.  For a number of years the Oxford University Internship Programme has facilitated internships all over the world which are offered exclusively to Oxford students.

Demand is ever-increasing and in 2012 a dedicated Internship Office was set up in order to manage and grow the Programme.  In 2018, over 400 internships were offered through the Programme in more than 40 different countries, which received more than 2,000 student applications. These internships, which include projects as diverse as working for the UN in Jerusalem, undertaking renewable energy research in China, assisting the development of local businesses in Zambia, and teaching in New Delhi, make a real difference to the career goals and prospects of our students.

The challenge for the Internship Office is to ensure that these opportunities are affordable to all students who want to gain work experience regardless of their economic situation.  Undertaking an internship can be costly for any student, particularly if it involves travel abroad; however, even an internship requiring a two-month stay in London over the summer can be prohibitively expensive for many students.  We administer a number of internship scholarships but they are not sufficient to meet current demand.  Please help us to continue to grow the Programme and support the career development of all our students by contributing towards our internship support funds.

Benefits of becoming a sponsor

As an alumni

  • You can enhance the university experience of current Oxford students;
  • You can make a real difference to the career opportunities of current students, particularly those from a lower-income background;
  • You can assist Oxford University to develop connections with a particular professional sphere or country.

As a recruiter

  • You can raise awareness about your organisation among Oxford University students;
  • You can make direct contact with students of an excellent calibre who are selected to undertake competitive funded internships;
  • You can encourage students to gain experience in particular sectors or countries;
  • You can help potential recruits to gain valuable work experience.
Costs of supporting an internship

The support provided by individual internship scholarships varies from around £2,500-£3,000 to fully fund an unpaid internship in international development, to £500 to assist with a student’s travel costs.  We welcome contributions of any size to our existing travel grants and would be delighted to discuss the establishment of new scholarship schemes.

If you are interested in supporting our internship programmes, please get in touch with Dr Fiona Whitehouse, Head of the Internship Office, at fiona.whitehouse@careers.ox.ac.uk or telephone 01865 274643.

Our existing scholarships

Alumni Association Travel Grants

A travel fund to support the travel costs for up to 11 students per year who are undertaking unpaid internships.

Association of Commonwealth Universities

The ACU provide support for internships based in Commonwealth countries.

Environmental Change Institute Internship Awards

The Environmental Change Institute gives funding to support student internships in the environmental and sustainability sector offered through the Summer Internship Programme.

ERASMUS+

Erasmus+ is the European Union’s (EU) funding programme for education and training, youth and sport between 2014 and 2020. The University of Oxford has been awarded an Erasmus charter to take part in the programme, and uses part of the funding it receives to support both undergraduates and postgraduates (PGT and PGR students) to undertake two month placements in Europe through the Summer Internship Programme.

Fung Scholarships at Oxford

Supports over 60 undergraduates a year to undertake internships in China courtesy of the Victor and William Fung foundation.

International Strategy Scholarships

The University’s International Strategy Office generously offers £3,000 per annum to support internships.

Quantitative Methods Awards for Social Scientists

Oxford’s Q-Step Centre has provided Q-Step Internship Awards since their launch in 2014. Undergraduate students from the Social Sciences Division (or students studying part of a joint degree in Social Sciences) can receive up to £1,500 to undertake an internship which focuses on the development of quantitative methods skills.

Rayhan Davis Internship Scholarships for Internal Bursary Holders

A number of internships offered through the Internship Programme are generously sponsored by Mr Rayhan Davis, an alumnus of Lady Margaret Hall and Managing Director at TowerBrook.

Santander Internship Scholarships

Supports over 25 students per annum to undertake research internships.

Santander SME Awards

Santander is part-funding internships which are offered by UK-registered organisations with 250 employees or less and which have an annual turnover of fifty million pounds or less. Organisations can include companies, sole traders, partnerships and charities.

This information was last updated on 19 July 2019.
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Posted on behalf of Oxford Foundry. Blogged by Mike Moss on 20/09/2019.

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Posted on behalf of AstraZeneca and BBSTEM . Blogged by Claire Chesworth on 20/09/2019.

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BBSTEM is a non-profit organisation campaigning for balance and representation of Black individuals in science, technology, engineering and maths. They are offering this event specifically for University students from 2nd year Bachelors/Masters to Post-Doc, who are currently studying a STEM subject on track to receive a 2.1 or equivalent.

The event will be taking place in Granta Park, Cambridge on Wednesday, 16 October. Apply through the Eventbrite form.

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Posted on behalf of Mewburn Ellis . Blogged by Claire Chesworth on 20/09/2019.

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Book your place now by going to their online registration page.

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Inns of Court BPTC Scholarships open on 20 September and close on 1 November 2019

Blogged by Julia Sadler on 18/09/2019.

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Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on 17/09/2019.

The Fast Stream application window will open for 4 weeks only, from 26 September to 12:00 (noon) on 24 October for:

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Check details on CareerConnect for events throughout Michaelmas Term, including:

Week 1:

  • Monday 14 October – 14:15-15:30 Insight into the Civil Service Fast Stream: Hear from a current Fast Stream Generalist, and one of this summer’s SDIP participants
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Week 3: 

  • Monday 21 October – 14:15-15:30 Career lounge on Fast Stream Applications  Careers Adviser-led chat and questions from the audience on application process.
  • Thursday 24 October – 12:00 (noon) Application Deadline

Week 6: 

  • Thursday 21 November – 13:45-17:00 Civil Service Policy Game: Interactive role-play to provide policy advice for Minister’s decision. Booking essential

Week 7: 

  • Friday 27 November –  Civil Service Interview Support: Only for candidates continuing in the process, one-to-one advice sessions: booking essential.

Week 8:

  • Friday 3 December – Civil Service Interview Support: Only for candidates continuing in the process, one-to-one advice sessions: booking essential.
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