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Charityworks – the UK non-profit sector’s graduate scheme – closes 28 Feb!

Blogged by Annie Dutton on February 22, 2018.

Have you ever wanted to have a career that makes a difference in society?

If you’ve answered yes to this question you should seriously consider applying to Charityworks. Charityworks is a 12-month paid graduate scheme where you will deliver a full-time job in a partner non-profit organisation and take part in an acclaimed leadership development programme, introducing you to the tools you need to work and lead in the non-profit sector.

Charityworks have 140 places on the programme this year to start in September, and they are looking for talented graduates who are committed to help solve the UK’s most pressing social problems.

  • Role opportunities are as diverse as HR, Research, Policy, Communications, Campaigning, Business Development, Fundraising and Frontline Work and more.
  • You could be working in areas as diverse as mental health, social housing, international development, disability, children and young people, social care, human rights and more.
  • Their graduate roles span over 80 non-profit organisations including NSPCC, LGBT Foundation, Marie Stopes International, National Housing Federation, Unicef and many more.
  • Their leadership development programme gives you an external senior mentor to support you in your career development, regular learning sessions to expand your knowledge and understanding of the sector, a chance to produce impact research that will have a tangible impact on your organisation, national conferences and more.

Charityworks trainees do amazing things. Many graduates stay at their host organisation at the end of the scheme, some go on to new roles mainly within the sector and some even start their own organisations.

Applications are closing on Wednesday 28 February 2018 so you have time left to complete an application. Find out more and apply at

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Apply now for UK internship opportunities

Blogged by Karen Walker on February 21, 2018.

UK internships now open for applications!

Whether you’re interested in experiencing the fast-paced environment of the City of London, or the somewhat gentler world of historic collections on a Scottish island, the UK placements offered by the Oxford Summer Internship Programme have it all. There is a huge range of exciting opportunities on offer, all exclusively available to Oxford students. We’ve got everything from consultancies to charities, start-ups to museums, think tanks to heritage organisations. You can spend your summer working on machine learning, museum curation, marketing and design, sustainability, software engineering, and even space lasers…!

Take a look at CareerConnect to see what opportunities are being advertised, and start planning now for a fantastic summer. While we can’t promise sunshine, we are sure that you’ll gain lots of valuable skills and experience – and you might even get a suntan…! Find out more about the Summer Internship Experience online – you can read about the great experiences of our previous interns, as well as the advice they have to offer.

You can apply to two UK placements through this current batch; please visit CareerConnect for full details of the opportunities on offer, and to make your application. The application deadline is noon on Monday 12 March.

More international opportunities will be available in our ‘late batch’ of internships in April and May – watch this space for more information!

Places available for application support sessions

If you’d like some help and advice on your applications to the Summer Internship Programme, come along to an application support session at the Careers Service. You can book a twenty-minute slot with a member of the Internship Office for a one-to-one discussion about your applications; search the Events section of CareerConnect to find and book a Summer Internship Programme Application Support Session. Also, please see our Application Support Guide for more ways to get help with your internship applications. Good luck with your application!

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UK Civil Service: new opportunities for graduates and interns

Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on February 21, 2018.

Both penultimate year and final year students interested in the UK Civil Service can still find opportunities with some departments and service lines that manage their own programmes. But do your research early and be prepared to move quickly – these can open with as little as 7 days’ notice and have an application window as narrow as 48 hours!

Three current examples include:

  • FCO Graduate Internship: Published on Twitter @FCOCareers: “… expect to launch the application process for our 2018 Graduate Internship Programme in early to mid March 2018.” Register your interest with
  • DFID Entry Talent Programme 2018: A 2 year paid programme beginning in October 2018. See the DFID Careers Page for further information and how to apply. Applications deadline 28 February.
  • Applications from students from diverse backgrounds in their penultimate or final year are now being accepted for the 2018 Government Communication Service Internship.The deadline for applications is 22 February.

See our Government & Public Administration brief for additional information and possible department-specific programmes. Also, we recommend that students register for email alerts if possible on departmental career pages and also follow relevant Facebook and Twitter feeds to avoid missing opportunities.

More generally, we’d like to introduce interested students to a new dedicated jobs website that specialise in:

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Springboard Programme: Deadline Imminent

Blogged by Annie Dutton on February 20, 2018.
  • When: 12, 13, 14 March and 18 April, 2018
  • Where: the Careers Service
  • Book: via CareerConnect (the application closing date is 26 February)

Springboard  is a personal development programme specifically tailored and developed for female (including those who identify as female) undergraduate and masters students.

If you want to

  • Become more assertive and communicate more clearly to those around you
  • Work out what is important to you for your future success
  • Live your life aligned with your values and beliefs
  • Have confidence in demonstrating your current abilities and future potential

Then please consider attending this award winning programme!  It is delivered over 4 days on March 12, 13, 14 and April 18, 2018 at the Careers Service, the programme will cover exploration of topics such as your core values, dealing with feelings and change, using assertiveness positively and goal setting.

You will also hear from and be able to talk with inspirational women from our sponsor organisations (Citi, LEK and Shell) who have faced these similar challenges in their everyday life and work.

Does it work?

Feedback from those who took part on the last programme gave a resounding ‘yes’:

  • 86% of participants agreed that the programme would help them to achieve a better work-life balance
  • 92% agreed that they would feel more confident in a work environment
  • 92% agreed that the programme would enable them to make the best of themselves


There is no lengthy application process but we do ask you to provide a paragraph or two indicating why you would like to be part of the programme and your hopes of what it will do to benefit you.

For further details and to apply, please search Springboard Programme for Female Undergraduate and Masters Students” under the opportunities tab of CareerConnect

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Jaguar Land Rover Challenge – applications closing Monday!

Blogged by Lili Pickett-Palmer on February 20, 2018.

A Consultancy Project with Jaguar Land Rover…

The Jaguar Land Rover Challenge is an exceptional opportunity for Oxford undergraduate and graduate students to be involved in a world-class organisation, working on important, people-based projects.

The Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) business is built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel drive vehicles and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques.

Technological development in the vehicle sector is rapid and JLR has been growing fast with increased vehicle output and higher employee numbers.

The three Student Consultancy projects explore operational opportunities to further improve performance in Human Resources and Manufacturing: they aim to support core business strategy and help make it happen.

… but it isn’t just about consulting!

The Jaguar Land Rover Challenge will help you prove or improve a wide range of employability skills, some consultancy but also transferable skills including team work, communication, problem solving and business and customer awareness skills. These will be helpful in a huge range of future careers. Many of the students who take part actually do want to be a Management Consultant – which is great, but not a prerequisite! In other words, we don’t mind what you are studying as long as you have the right attitude and interest.

Apply now

Find out more information and apply now via CareerConnect.

Applications close at noon, Monday 26 February – Please note that we are only able to accept 75 applications. Once this limit is met the vacancy will close, so early application is advised.

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