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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 2015, over 500 internships were offered through the Programme in 44 different countries, which received more than 3,000 student applications.  These internships, which include projects as diverse as working for the UN in New York, undertaking renewable energy research in China, assisting the development of local businesses in Peru, 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 the Internship Office manager Fiona Whitehouse at fiona.whitehouse@careers.ox.ac.uk or telephone 01865 274643.

Our existing scholarships

BP Internship Awards

Supports up to 60 students per annum to undertake internships in Brazil, Russia, India and China with organisations active in the natural resources, environmental, and international development sectors.

Fung Scholarships at Oxford

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

Santander Internship Scholarships

Supports over 25 students per annum to undertake research internships.

Scott Stone Scholarships

A scholarship foundation set up by Oxford alumni to support up to 8 students per year undertaking internships in international development.

The Stone Family Foundation Scholarships

A scholarship foundation set up by Oxford alumni to support up to 6 students per year undertaking internships with UK charities.

Rahman 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.

Generations for Peace Research Grant

A grant to support two students undertaking internships with Generations for Peace

Alumni Association Travel Grants

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

Vice Chancellor Scholarships

Two scholarships are available to support students undertaking internships with the United Nations Development Programme in New York.

This information was last updated on 12 January 2017.
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New internships in Laos

Blogged by Caroline Thurston on March 27, 2017.

The Internship Office is now advertising its first ever internships in Laos (the Laos People’s Democratic Republic). The two opportunities are available with Phongsavanh Bank, the first commercial private bank to be established in socialist-governed Laos.

Positions available:

  1. Market Research Analyst – conducting original market research, analyzing findings and designing a market strategy for a new financial product
  2. New Product Strategy Planner – designing and conducting a feasibility study; designing a market entry strategy for a leasing scheme which offers ‘micro-loans’ for high-value personal goods such as cars

Both positions offer unique opportunities to gain professional, high-level experience in the banking sector in SE Asia, and to explore a fascinating and little-known country at a time of unprecedented growth and change.

The compensation package for both positions includes a generous monthly stipend, free accommodation, and return travel from the UK.

See CareerConnect for full details of both positions. If, having read this information, you have further queries, please contact the Internship Office Manager: caroline.thurston@careers.ox.ac.uk.

The OX– Postcode Fair 2017

Blogged by John Gilbert on March 27, 2017.
  • When: Thursday 4 May, Exhibitors from 15.00-18.00
  • Where: The Careers Service (56 Banbury Road, OX2 6PA)

Explore local opportunities…

Looking to stay in Oxford after you graduate, or over the summer? This fair – for students at Oxford University and Oxford Brookes – brings together employers from across Oxfordshire, all with vacancies for full-time jobs or internships!

… in a wide range of sectors

Attending organisations are drawn from many different industries, reflecting the array of opportunities on offer around Oxford – including Education, Computing, Retail, Finance, Health & Social Care, Science, Not-for-Profits and more…

Meet 30 employers

Full details of employers attending will be in the booklet released online one week before the fair. Already confirmed are:

  • 2degrees
  • Affinity Trust
  • Airways Aviation Academy
  • ALDI Stores Ltd
  • Biolacuna Ltd
  • The Children’s Radio Foundation
  • Dionach Ltd
  • E3D Online Limited
  • ecoVeritas
  • Effective Investing
  • Fuel 3D Technologies Ltd
  • HT2 Labs
  • Incuna Ltd
  • National Citizen Service
  • Oxford Computer Consultants
  • Oxford Economics
  • Oxfordshire Community Voluntary Action (OCVA)
  • P1vital
  • Pamoja Education Ltd
  • Penningtons Manches LLP
  • Shiplake College
  • Society of Young Publishers
  • Veridium UK
  • Vicon
  • Watson Wheatley Financial Systems
  • Wellers Accountants
  • White Space

IG Charity Hackathon: Applications open now

Posted on behalf of IG and Teens Unite. Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on March 24, 2017.
  • Where: Cannon Bridge House, 25 Dowgate Hill, London, EC4R 2YA
  • When: Saturday 22 April, 10.00-20.00

Make a difference through technology

Do you have experience in IT development? This is a chance for you to show off your programming skills and challenge yourself – while helping a charity to solve a real-life problem.

Get involved

Sign up in a team of 3-5 and join IG’s charity hack in aid of Teens Unite, at our headquarters in the City of London. Applications will be open until Friday 14 April, and places will be allocated on a first-come-first- served basis. Please apply for 1 ticket per team at IG Charity Hackathon

 

Timetable:

  • Introduction
  • Lunch
  • Pitches and prizes
  • Dinner and drinks

Use our 3D Printer for Free!

Blogged by Karan Karasinska on March 24, 2017.
  • See our 3D printing page for full information!
  • You can send us a 3D file from one of the many collections of 3D designs that are available to download from online websites such as Thingiverse.
  • Or, check out the ‘Popular’ tab: 3D + Animation at Lynda to find out how you can build your own 3D design models.
  • Send your STL or OBJ file to: 3dprinting@careers.ox.ac.uk

It’s free!

Graduate Entrepreneur Visa Endorsement – apply now!

Posted on behalf of Tim Collins. Blogged by Timothy Collins on March 22, 2017.

If you have an idea for a business, have a venture currently in development, or are piloting a new concept, you may be eligible to apply for our endorsement under the Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa scheme, which allows non-EEA nationals who are graduates or post-doctoral researchers to reside in the UK in order to develop their business.

Previously endorsed businesses have included:

  • Social enterprises and not-for-profits
  • Technology start-ups
  • Funding generation and investment organisations
  • Digital education tools
  • Energy research

The University of Oxford can endorse up to thirty applicants per year. Calls for applications are held four times a year: once in each term, and once during the Long Vacation. The next deadline for applications is Monday 12 June 2017 at 12 noon. Applications are now open, and you must apply via Symplicity (for Said Business School students) or CareerConnect (for all other students/alumni) using the following vacancy IDs:

  • for Students: CareerConnect opportunity ID 25400
  • for Alumni: CareerConnect opportunity ID 25392

You can find more information and details of how to apply on our visa page or on CareerConnect. Alternatively you can email timothy.collins@careers.ox.ac.uk.

All applications must be submitted through CareerConnect or emailed to timothy.collins@careers.ox.ac.uk by Monday 12 June 2017 at 12 noon.

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