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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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Interested in a Career in Banking & Finance?

Blogged by Damilola Odimayo on May 24, 2017.

The undergraduate Finance Lab programme run by the Said Business School is a great opportunity to gain practical training, networking and recruitment opportunities in this sector. You don’t need a finance or economics background to get involved, just an interest in improving your financial, valuation and investment skills – the programme is open to all students in their second year of study onwards.

Interested? If so, why don’t you go along to the taster presentation on Tuesday 30th May from 18:00 – 19:30 at the Said Business School (Park End Street OX1 1HP)

Register online to attend.

Applications for the Finance Lab open on 30 May 2017, and admissions are on a rolling basis.

For more information on the Finance Lab, and details on how to apply, please visit the Finance Labs website.

For any questions please contact: OSFL@SBS.OX.AC.UK

Unlocked – Brand Manager roles for students

Blogged by Claire Chesworth on May 23, 2017.

Unlocked is a unique two-year leadership development programme aimed at training graduates to inject new ideas, insights and energy into the rehabilitation of UK prisons as prison officers. They are looking for enthusiastic students to work as Brand Managers and promote their graduate programme at Oxford University; you will need to be a full-time student from September 2017- March 2018.

Full details are on Unlocked’s website. Apply now!

Please check with your college regarding their policy on working during term-time.

 

Make a THIRD Micro-Internship Application!

Posted on behalf of The Internship Office. Blogged by Rachel Sene on May 23, 2017.

Already made two applications for a Micro-Internship? Still keen to gain experience in Week 9?

We have increased the number of applications permitted for students for Trinity Term Micro-Internships! You can now make a third application to one of our remaining Micro-Internships, even if you have already reached your application limit on CareerConnect. With placements still on offer including: award-winning education start-up: Whizz Education, Mental and Physical Health Consultancy: MAP, and a Civil Service Policy Game placement with OUCS, there’s still time to secure a one-of-a-kind placement for Week 9!

See instructions for making a third application below:

  1. Login to CareerConnect to view all remaining Micro-Internship opportunities.
  2. Write your 300 word personal statement and one page CV, and save in pdf format with the title of the vacancy you are applying to.
  3. Email both pdf documents to micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk before the deadline (specified on the micro-internship opportunity) with the subject heading: Micro-Internship Application “Vacancy Title”

A member of the Micro-Internship office will be in touch after the deadline to let you know the result of your application. Email: micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk for more information.

Please note: if you haven’t made two micro-internship applications yet and would like to apply, please submit you micro-internship application via CareerConnect as normal.

Insight Into Teaching – places still available

Blogged by Emily Game on May 23, 2017.

Insight into Teaching offers the opportunity to spend three days in a UK school with a full programme of lesson observation, involvement with school activities, and possibly the chance to try out some teaching! The programme lasts three days and takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of 9th week this term.

Placements are currently available in secondary schools and further education colleges in both the state-maintained and independent school sectors. Most placements are in Oxford, or nearby towns that are easily accessible from Oxford. We also offer some placements in other parts of the UK.

The programme takes place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of 9th week this term, 20 – 22 June 2017.

Placements still available:

  • Cambridge – Chemistry
  • London; Harrow, Feltham and Hillingdon – Range of Subjects
  • Oxfordshire Independent – Biology, Economics, Geography, English

How to apply

Available places are offered on a first-come, first-served basis up to the closing date of Wednesday of 6th week, 31 May 2017, so apply early to avoid disappointment. Apply via CareerConnect (select Internship Office & Skills Programmes, and search for Insight into Teaching TT17).

The programme is open to all students at Oxford University.

Find out more – including how to apply – on the Insight Into Teaching webpage.

Science in the European Commission – upcoming event

Blogged by Abby Evans on May 22, 2017.

What can a scientist do in the European Commission? (even after Brexit)

  • When: 28 June 2017, 13.00-14.00
    Where: Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Lecture Theatre, South Parks Road, OX1 3QZ

Olga is a 4th year DPhil student in Chemistry. Last October she set out on an adventure – a five-month traineeship at the European Commission – with no previous experience of working in policy.

The traineeship turned out to be immensely enriching, and Olga is keen to share her experience as a scientist in Brussels and at one of the Commission’s Joint Research Centres in Italy with other science DPhil students and postdocs who might be interested in applying for the programme, as well as with anyone who is curious about how science is used in public policy.

The paid traineeships are a continuous scheme and do not require EU citizenship.

All are welcome to this informal session to find about more about opportunities for scientists in the European Commission. No registration needed, just come along.

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