Support our Internships | The Careers Service Support our Internships – Oxford University Careers Service
Oxford logo
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.
Loading... Please wait
Recent blogs about Support our Internships

Intelligence Officer Development Programme with MI5: Open now

Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on July 10, 2017.

We’ve noticed that the MI5 Intelligence Officer Development Programme is currently open for applications (closes 24 July): the starting salary is £30,490. This is just one of a number of opportunities currently advertised on the MI5 Current Job Openings – including positions for linguists, finance and in procurement.

The Intelligence Officer Development Programme is open to all degree disciplines (minimum 2:2 requirement) for born or naturalised British citizens, over 18 years of age and who have normally lived in the UK for nine of the last ten years. Full details of how to apply are online: see IODP Ref 1161. The following is taken from the advertisement:

The Development Programme

Our Intelligence Officer Development Programme will help you to develop the skills you need to lead investigations in MI5, whilst you work in roles which directly support investigations. On this structured development programme, you could spend your first two years in roles such as:

  • Digital Intelligence – where you’ll further investigations by analysing and assessing information gained through interception.
  • Warrantry – a vital role that involves preparing warrants, ensuring they meet the appropriate legislative criteria before they’re sent to the Home Secretary for approval.
  • Legal Casework – this role could involve delivering and maintaining disruptive actions against key subjects of interest, which have a significant impact on their ability to engage in activities of national security concern.

Heritage: ‘Moving, teaching, inspiring’ series

Posted on behalf of TORCH and the National Trust. Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on June 23, 2017.

The Humanities Division at Oxford has developed an exciting relationship with the National Trust, culminating in the Trusted Source Knowledge Transfer Partnership. To celebrate this close collaboration, the TORCH/National Trust interdisciplinary lecture series explores and interrogates the many challenges and opportunities facing the higher education and heritage sectors in the 21st century, from caring for collections and landscapes, to gaining support through brand and marketing.

The lecture series offers a fantastic introduction to the strategic challenges and opportunities faced by the heritage sector and insights from the most senior levels into the strategies developed and implemented to achieve a sustainable, relevant and vibrant heritage sector that is reaching and engaging new audiences and influencing society and policy alike.

Videos of the first five lectures and Q&A discussions featuring leading speakers from both the National Trust and our University are now online on Oxford’s Podcast webpages.

  • History, Vision, Ambition
  • Land, Outdoors, Nature
  • Our Collections and Their Audiences
  • Heritage as Business
  • Supporting our Causes
This page displays current related blog posts. If none display, you can still stay up-to-date with our newsletter sent regularly to all Oxford students.

Older posts can be found in our archive of past blogs.