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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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Oxford Entrepreneurs is recruiting a new president

Blogged by John Gilbert on April 20, 2017.

The application deadline for President of Oxford Entrepreneurs has been extended!

The deadline for applications for the OE Presidential role has been extended to 22:00 on Sunday 30 April 2017. This is a paid role with a fixed term contract for one year. The salary is competitive and includes a performance bonus. To apply, simply send a CV and cover letter to the current President, Chris Williams, via his email – c.williams@oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk.

For more information on the role please read the role description. Successful applicants will be invited to interview in the first week of May. The new President will begin the role on July 1st 2017.

Why should you apply?

The OE President is in an incredibly unique position between Oxford University and the wider entrepreneurship community. You will regularly meet with key figureheads across the University, from the business school and Careers Service, to the heads of university departments and central university administration. You will also regularly meet with extremely successful entrepreneurs, investors and key influencers from across the world, providing you with the network to successfully launch your own business. If you are serious about entrepreneurship and want to learn the right skills and meet the right people to launch your business, then make your application now!

Further questions?

Feel free to email Chris (c.williams@oxfordentrepreneurs.co.uk). He’s more than happy to answer any questions in person, over the phone, or by email.

Global internships: new and expiring soon

Blogged by Sara Bram on April 20, 2017.

Brand new and re-opened internships are now open for applications via the Internship Programme, both here in the UK and around the world. See CareerConnect for the full details and to apply.

Internships with a deadline of Sunday 7 May

NGO promoting targeted education, affordable healthcare, workable start-ups, sustainable development and secured livelihoods in Lebanon, with a community centre and several livelihood and relief projects funded by UN bodies. Interns can take part in local projects empowering host and refugee communities. Projects vary in fields such as education, agriculture, relief, medical and health, and/or microcredit.

A network of 130 organisations working towards an ethical food system for Oxford. GFO aims to guide Oxford’s food vision and strategy, support aligned initiatives to work together, establish shared measurement, build public will, advance policy and mobilise funding. The intern will support Good Food’s progress towards the Sustainable Cities Bronze Food Award by strategizing improvements for Oxford’s sustainable catering and procurement. This will include gathering evidence of best practice in catering and procurement from successful cities, convening a cross-sector food procurement conference, writing and publicising case studies, and making recommendations for future work.

Yangshuo Omeida provides intensive language training to Chinese and overseas students. Yangshuo is a popular global destination for its beautiful scenery, rock climbing, cycling, rivers and culture. Interns will teach English at summer classes and a summer camp, which also involves outdoor activities, BBQs and games nights.

LovVol (‘Love Volunteering’) is a not-for-profit that provides cultural exchange opportunities for university students in China and introduces local Chinese children to the English language and Western culture. After an initial training course, interns will provide a progressive holistic education programme, including English language, cultural education and developing emotional intelligence,  to Chinese children aged 7 – 16.

Museums and archives dedicated to preserving and presenting the artifacts, art and documents that best capture the US Navy’s history and heritage.  The intern would be based in the archive or library, and would complete an individual project contributing to the Command’s work.

Internships with a deadline of Sunday 23 April

There are also three internships closing this Sunday – don’t miss out, apply now!

Absolute Antibody was founded with the vision that all antibody users should be able to use recombinant antibodies which are absolutely defined by their amino acid sequence. Scientific Data Internship: collecting and summarising a range of technical data about particular antibodies for the website and marketing resources. The intern will also help gather and analyse protein sequences of interest to the company.

Leading non-profit preservation and history organization in Annapolis, with a mission to preserve and protect the heritage of Maryland’s capital city. Seeking four Oxford interns to work in curatorial and collections management, research, education and programmes, and architectural preservation. Interns will pursue a special project reflecting their professional interests, and could have the opportunity to work on an exciting forthcoming museum exhibition and the creation of a new tour.

Leading social development consulting company in the natural resource extraction and infrastructure sectors. They are offering a Consulting Internship, working in three main areas: Projects, Research & Development and Operational Administration.

New Graduate Scheme – Trainee Youth Advocate

Posted on behalf of Just for Kids Law. Blogged by Juliet Tomlinson on April 20, 2017.

Are you ready to commit to a life-changing challenge and gain legal experience, and valuable personal and leadership skills in the process?

Do you want to be part of an award-winning and law-changing organisation advocating for some of the most under-supported young people in London?

Just for Kids Law (JfKL) provides holistic support, representation and legal advice to under-supported and often isolated children and young people.  Last year they launched Advocacy Year, their graduate scheme based loosely on other professional graduate schemes, to expand their holistic model of support into East London.  Advocacy Year recruits recent graduates, who may be considering legal or youth related careers, to serve a year working as community-based Trainee Youth Advocates.  Trainee Youth Advocates will:

  • Work in the community directly supporting young people in difficulty.
  • Formally advocate for young people in legal and quasi legal proceedings such as Looked After Child reviews, Social Services assessments, school reintegration meetings, governor body meetings and school exclusion hearings.
  • Be supervised by our team of in-house lawyers to ensure that young people are adequately supported across all their issues.
  • Complete an intensive training and immersion programme covering:
    • Advocacy style;
    • Child safeguarding;
    • Legal knowledge in social welfare, education, youth justice and immigration; and
    • An ongoing Leadership programme.

Key dates

  • Closing dates for applications: Tuesday 2 May, 9.00
  • Date of Interviews: Week commencing 15 May
  • Start Date: Monday 4 September

For more details you can see this opportunity on CareerConnect (Vacancy ID 41377) or on the Just for Kids Law website.

‘Insight into Academia’ – events for Trinity Term

Blogged by Bekki Shaw on April 20, 2017.

“Insight Into Academia” is a series of informal seminars, exploring opportunities for an academic career within and beyond the UK, important decisions along the way, and what it takes to thrive as an academic.

Week 2: Tuesday 2 May

  • Insight into Academia: Academic CVs with Impact

This seminar will focus on how to create an effective CV for early and mid-career academic posts. We will consider how to organise and present your qualifications and experience, in ways that meet current criteria for recruitment and the foreseeable priorities of academic departments.

Week 5: Tuesday 23 May

  • Insight into Academia: Coping with a Sense of Academic Failure

This informal seminar aims to open up discussion on feelings that can trouble many early career academics. The aim is to understand where these feelings might come from, how they can affect us, what we can learn from them, and how to move on in healthy ways that do not limit us. We will introduce some new resources developed in collaboration with postdocs and professionals from the University. All questions and contributions will be kept confidential.

To reserve a place, please go to CareerConnect.

Trinity Term Micro-Internship Programme now open!

Blogged by Rachel Sene on April 19, 2017.

“An exciting week which provided me with the opportunity to build on my confidence, gain business insights, and to explore Oxfordshire further.”Micro-Intern, Wildman Environmental Learning

Applications are now open for this term’s Micro-Internship Programme. Micro-internships will be taking place in 9th week of Trinity Term (Monday 19 – Friday 23 June, 2017) and are open to all full-time, matriculated students. Deadline for all applications is Sunday 7 May, 2017.

Why take part in the Micro-Internship Programme?

  • Stand out from the crowd in future job applications with unique industry experience
  • Get a concise insight into a particular sector or type of organisation
  • Increase your existing employability through acquiring new skills
  • Enhance your commercial awareness
  • Improve your self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Build a network of industry contacts

Micro-Internships are placements based in Oxfordshire and Greater London that last 2-5 days and present a specific, cohesive work project to be tackled. Placements can be research-based or professional, with projects this term ranging from event management for a mental-health charity, to production with an up-and-coming podcast in London, to research for the National Trust!

To learn more about the programme including detailed instructions on how to apply, visit our website or email us at micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk. To view all vacancies and apply, visit CareerConnect.

Get some guidance with your application?

Micro-internship applicants are welcome to come and receive advice on your CV and personal statement through booking a place on one of our Application Support Sessions.

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