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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 25 September 2017.
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EXPERIENCE THE CLASSROOM

Blogged by Julia Hilton on April 20, 2018.

Insight into Teaching provides students with the opportunity to spend three days in a school with a full programme of lesson observation, perhaps a chance to try out some teaching and join in with activities, and a pre-placement seminar to get the most out of the placement.

Placements take place over 3 days in 9th week of Trinity term and are available in a range of subjects in secondary, primary & further education, in state-maintained and independent schools across Oxfordshire and elsewhere in the UK. This year the dates are Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 June.

Applications open in 1st week of term and close on Sunday 20 May (end of 4th week) at midnight.

If you are thinking about a career in teaching then spending time in school is extremely important, not only to help you to decide whether teaching is for you, but also to enhance your teacher training application – whether you are considering a PGCE, School Direct, Teach First or another route into teaching. A participant on the programme last term said:

‘I really enjoyed interacting with students in the lower school, particularly helping students who came to the math’s clinic one lunch time. It was nice to feel useful. I previously was sure I wanted to teach sixth form but I enjoyed this aspect so much I am rethinking this.’

Literary Agency Work Experience – Carole Blake Open Doors Project

Posted on behalf of Blake Friedmann. Blogged by Polly Metcalfe on April 20, 2018.

The Carole Blake Open Doors Project, is a programme specifically aimed at encouraging candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds to enter the publishing industry.

The Carole Blake Open Doors Project will offer ten days of work shadowing at Blake Friedmann’s book agents to a selected applicant over a two-week period, including funding for travel and up to twelve nights’ accommodation in London. The programme, which will run twice a year, will include close mentorship with Blake Friedmann’s book agents, the opportunity to attend selected meetings with editors and clients, and the chance to be involved in every aspect of day-to-day life as an agent. It is intended that candidates will come away from the project with varied knowledge of working for a leading literary agency, the beginnings of new and essential relationships in the publishing industry, and some excellent experience to include on their CVs.

“Carole offered me my first internship in publishing at Blake Friedman. She was a formidable figure, yet warm and funny. She was deeply encouraging to me as one from a diverse background based on my age, class and race – though it was our mutual love of a great pair of shoes that really sealed the deal!  An unforgettable, truly phenomenal woman.” – Valerie Brandes, Founder & Publisher, Jacaranda Books, and former BFA intern

Carole Blake and the Blake Friedmann team have always placed great value on diversity and openness, in the company’s client list as well as its hiring practices. We aim to build on this foundation and be proactive about drawing from a wider pool of talented applicants who are passionate about books and ambitious about getting a job in publishing.

Read an account of taking part in the project from our first Open Doors intern Ada Igwebu. 

Applications are now open for the Carole Blake Open Doors project and the deadline is 18 May.

Resources and opportunities for early career researchers

Blogged by Rebecca Ehata on April 19, 2018.

The Early Career Blog: Specialist careers advice for PhDs and postdocs

Have you had a look at our blog for early career researchers yet? This joint initiative with Cambridge has over 40 posts dealing with topics such as networking, academic applications and getting funding, making it a great resource whether you’re set on staying in academia or looking for fresh pastures. A new post on the blog looking at Non-academic employers’ perspectives on researchers will be of interest to any ECRs who are toying with the possibility of a move beyond academia.

You can browse the range of posts already available at any time, and don’t forget that you can send suggestions for further topics by tweeting them to @EarlyCareerBlog!

The Researcher Consultancy is back!

Following the successful pilot of the Researcher Consultancy in Michaelmas and Hilary terms, we’re delighted to announce that a new round of the programme has now launched! Whether you’re considering consultancy as a longer-term career move, you want to develop key employability skills such as self-management, team working, business and customer awareness, problem solving and communication, or wish to boost your understanding of the commercial sector and gain hands-on experience of tackling real-world strategic problems, this may be a perfect opportunity for you. Whatever your career plans, including further research and academia, participants can benefit significantly from the programme.

So how does it work?

Participants volunteer some of their own time to work in small teams, over a 4-month period, to address a strategic issue or business opportunity for a client organisation. Our clients list includes start-ups, businesses, local and international charities, community organisations, University departments and Government agencies.

Want to know more?

For more information see CareerConnect or contact Lili Pickett-Palmer. The closing date for applications for the Spring-Summer programme is 30 April 2018.

Careers in the Heritage and Museum Sectors

Posted on behalf of Heritage Pathway. Blogged by Polly Metcalfe on April 18, 2018.

Careers in the Heritage and Museum Sectors hosted by Heritage Pathway

  • When: Thursday 17 May, 15.00-17.00
  • Where: 3rd Floor Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road
  • Book: Booking is essential for this event

The ‘Heritage Pathway’ is one of seven training pathways offered to graduate students and Early Career Researchers in the Humanities Division. A year-long programme of workshops, site visits and networking opportunities provides the skills and knowledge required to engage successfully with partner organisations in the heritage sector, whether through commercial or research-based collaborations.

Three speakers reflect on their own career paths and offer top tips as to how to develop your career:

  • Emily Knight (Assistant Curator of Paintings, V&A)
  • Dr Danielle Thom (Curator of Making, Museum of London)
  • Dr Jane Eade (Curator, National Trust)

Trinity micro-internships have now launched!

Blogged by Rosanna Mills on April 18, 2018.

It’s the time of year to be thinking about work experience, and to help you on your way our Trinity term Micro-Internship Programme has now launched! If you have a busy academic schedule but you are still looking for work experience, or want to gain some professional skills and extra points for your CV, then look no further. This programme is open to both undergraduates and postgraduates, and here are some of the placements on offer in weeks 9 and 10:

  • Conduct research with the University’s Heritage Partnerships Office for the Hidden Objects Project
  • Gain insight into an independent consultancy and the world of politics with BlondeMoney
  • Hands-on scientific research and analysis with Adapt Immune
  • Assist with the pre-production stage of a film with Daria Martin – Fine Art Films
  • And much more!

Keep an eye out for our sector lists over the coming days!

In brief… What are micro-internships?

2-5 day work experience placements each term during weeks 9 and 10, exclusive to Oxford students (matriculated students are eligible to apply). Although voluntary, host organisations must reimburse local travel and lunch expenses on production of receipts. Full programme information can be found on our Micro-Internship Programme webpage.

How do I apply?

You can view and apply to all micro-internships on CareerConnect, submitting a one-page CV and 300-word personal statement. The deadline this term is midday, Thursday 3 May (please note that this is earlier than usual due to the bank holiday).

Can I get help with my application?

Absolutely! Please see our Internship Office Application Support Document and Employer Feedback on Student Micro-Internship Applications. Up until the deadline, we will be running Application Support Sessions for CV and personal statement advice – view and book on CareerConnect.

Any questions? Get in touch by emailing micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk

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