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Flight SIP 2018 is now boarding… Final call for International Internships!

Posted on behalf of The Internship Office. Blogged by Phoebe Benfield on February 15, 2018.

Please note: internships with SIP or MIP in the title relate to internships facilitated by the Internship Office only.  Any other internship opportunities on CareerConnect are not part of the Internship Office programmes, and students are not limited on how many external opportunities they can apply to.

As we’re sure you’re aware, the application deadline for the Summer Internship Programme’s international placements is noon on Monday 19 February. Don’t risk missing the chance to jet off to exciting new places! Make sure you submit your application as soon as possible, and please don’t leave it to the last minute. Even the best-prepared applicants can experience technical glitches.

So don’t delay: have a look at our previous blog posts to find out more information, use the Internship Office web pages where there is lots of advice about how to apply, and have a look at the Careers Service website for general information about cover letters and CVs.

Please check in 3 hours before…

The Internship Office strongly advises you to submit your application well in advance of the deadline, and check that you have received a confirmation email after submitting. If you do not receive an email within 3 hours of applying, please email If you encounter any other technical issues, please let us know as soon as possible. Please do follow the application instructions and check that you are submitting what is required.

So – best of luck with your applications!

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What do recruiters think of researchers? Find out at the Careers Conference on 17 March

Blogged by Rachel Bray on February 15, 2018.
  • When: Saturday 17 March, 10:00-16:00
  • Where: Examination Schools
  • Book: via CareerConnect (search ‘Events’)

You may know what it feels like to apply for a job, and to be interviewed – but recruitment is a ‘conversation’ between those offering jobs and those seeking one. Have you ever considered what it feels like to be on the other side of the table?

This year’s Careers Conference for Researchers will begin with a live interview with three senior recruiters from the private and public sectors who have significant experience screening applications and interviewing those with an academic research background.

The Conference will also offer a series of training sessions on themes suggested by research staff and DPhil students (managing your current life; expanding your skills in unanticipated directions and honing your core employability skills ready to transfer sectors), plus panels of research-trained employees speaking frankly about their daily working lives in a wide range of sectors, and a networking lunch with employers.

The purpose of the day is to give you a clearer understanding of what your career options are and how to take the next step.

Book your place now as spots are going fast!

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3-month Literary Agency Internship

Posted on behalf of Felicity Bryan Associates. Blogged by Polly Metcalfe on February 14, 2018.

Felicity Bryan Associates are pleased to announce that they are now offering a regular 3-month, paid internship programme at their offices in Oxford. The successive internships will run from January–March, April–June, July–September, and October–December.

They’re on the lookout for keen, bright individuals who are serious about starting a career in publishing and want to be a part of a dynamic literary agency. They welcome applicants from all backgrounds and degree levels, but want someone with great reading skills, an eye for detail and an eagerness to learn about every facet of the work they do.

The working hours are 9.30am to 5.30pm (with an hour for lunch), and you are asked to commit to the full 3-month period.

To apply please send your CV and covering letter to, with FBA INTERNSHIP and the period for which you are applying in the subject line. The deadline for applications is a month before the internship begins: 1 March, for April–June; 1 June, for July–September; and 1 September, for October–December.

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Springboard Programme – Apply Now!

Blogged by Juliet Tomlinson on February 14, 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 in tune with your values and beliefs
  • Have confidence in demonstrating your current abilities and future potential

Then please consider attending this award winning course!  Run over 4 days on March 12, 13, 14 and April 18, 2018 at the Careers Service, the course 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 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?

Well, based on our last programme:

  • 86% of participants agreed that the programme would help them 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

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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Workshops for Researchers and DPhils – 6th Week

Blogged by Lili Pickett-Palmer on February 14, 2018.

Insight into Academia: Academic CVs with Impact

  • When: Tuesday 20 February, 13:00–14:00
  • Where: Careers Service
  • Booking: To reserve a place please go to CareerConnect

Insight into Academia, a series of informal seminars and informal ‘conversations’, 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.

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. There will be opportunity for questions and feel free to bring your lunch.

Interview & Presentation Skills for Research Staff and DPhils

  • When: Wednesday 21 February, 13:00–16:00
  • Where: Careers Service
  • Booking: To reserve a place please go to CareerConnect

New job or direction in mind?  Do you want to brush up on the practicalities of preparing for interviews and presentations? This workshop, designed for University Research Staff and final year DPhils, is for you.

A highly interactive session, it will equip you with the skills to play the ‘recruitment game’ to best effect. We will discuss and practice the skills required for effective performance at interview; preparation, self-presentation and how to deal with typical interview questions. The workshop will cover the skills required for both academic and non-academic interviews. Follow up one-to-one career discussions can then be used to review intended applications and to prepare for particular interviews.

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