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International internships with Ashinaga

Posted on behalf of Ashinaga. Blogged by Julia Hilton on November 16, 2017.
  • When: 23 November 2017, 17:00 – 18:00
  • Where: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

Ashinaga is the third largest charitable organisation in Japan. In the past 45 years Ashinaga has raised over $1bn to enable more than 100,000 orphaned students to complete higher education in Japan. Ashinaga offers over 100 internships a year in our Japan, Uganda, and Senegal offices throughout the year. These internships are largely focused on the Ashinaga Africa Initiative. This is an academic leadership program that aims to provide an opportunity for higher education at the world’s leading institutions of higher education to orphaned students from 49 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. The goal of the program is to nurture future leaders who will contribute to democratic realization, economic development, and poverty eradication in their home countries post-graduation. One outstanding student from each Sub-Saharan African country will be selected to join the program every year. Ashinaga will provide these students with the training, opportunities, and finances necessary to study at academic institutions around the world.

Students from all disciplines are welcome to attend this short presentation, after which there will be time for questions with the President of Ashinaga, the former head of our Ugandan office, and ex-interns who now work in our Tokyo office. Students with an interest in Africa, Japan, development, education, leadership, and the third sector are particularly welcome.

Find out more on Ashinaga’s website.

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2018 McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference 

Blogged by Timothy Collins on November 15, 2017.

The University of Oxford is looking for one Oxford University undergraduate student to participate in the 2018 McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference (MCLC), which provides undergraduate participants with a unique leadership experience.  The McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character invites renowned speakers and analytical, visionary student-leaders from the international community and across the United States. The conference will unite emerging global leaders with preeminent world leaders in a partnership struggling with the most pressing issues worldwide.

The conference was made possible by a generous endowment from Robert and Diane McDonald. Op-eds were published in the New York Times from each student group from the 2015 cohort.

The 6th Annual McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character will be held from 21 March-25 March 2018 in the grounds of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, USA. Participants will form small teams mentored by a world-class leader during the conference. The MCLC sets the foundation for relationships to continue for years after the conference concludes.

This year the MCLC theme is: Making Ripples: Character, Ideas, and Teams


Top undergraduate student leaders from diverse backgrounds are to participate in a team-based, experiential and analytical exercise that bolsters leadership skills, fosters critical thinking and collaboration, and develops potential strategies for addressing pressing global issues.

Participants will also form a cohort held together by the West Point Leadership Center and its Facebook page. This will facilitate continued interaction with their cohort as participants graduate and assume leadership roles in the world. The MCLC will present an intensive leadership development experience crafted by the faculty of the world’s premier leader development institution, the United States Military Academy at West Point. Guided by meaningful pre-work before the conference, intense one-on-one development with Academy faculty, small group interaction, and mentoring with their world-class leader, undergraduate participants will emerge better prepared to excel as leaders at their institutions and in the world. Panel discussions will provide analysis and insight into the global topic areas and issues.

The McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference will pay for an airfare to and from the conference, as well as accommodation, transportation and meals during the conference for the selected candidate.


Positions at the 2018 McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference are for 2nd, 3rd or 4th year undergraduate students only.

You must:

  • be a current student at the time of the conference (March 2018)
  • have demonstrated excellent leadership and service
  • be able to show your contribution to college/University and community through work, volunteer efforts, and student organisation involvement
  • have a strong academic record

**You do not have to have any military experience

Application process

To apply please send a one page CV and one page personal statement to with “McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference” as the subject.

Application deadline is 17 November 2017 at 15.00. Shortlisted candidates will be informed on 21 November 2017.  Interviews will be held at the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road, Oxford, on the morning of 23 November 2017.

When writing your personal statement, be mindful of addressing:

  • Why you are applying for the 2018 MCLC
  • What about your experience makes you a good candidate for the MCLC
  • Include relevant examples of leadership

If you have any questions, please email

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Exploring Careers for Arts Students

Blogged by Julia Hilton on November 14, 2017.
  • When: 16.00-17.00, Monday 20 November
  • Where: Denis Arnold Hall, Faculty of Music

Have you wondered what to do with your degree? What have alumni studying English, Music, Classics or History of Art done? How do you navigate the huge range of options out there and are there any relevant internships available? Come along to answer these questions and more at this Careers Service event. There’ll be plenty of examples to inspire next steps and practical information on how to be successful in the graduate labour market.

You do not need to book a place at this event but please bear in mind that spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis and popular events may fill early so arrive in good time.

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Researcher and DPhil Workshops in 7th Week

Posted on behalf of Rachel Bray. Blogged by Lili Pickett-Palmer on November 14, 2017.

Career Options for Mathematicians

  • When: Tuesday 21 November, 15.15 – 16.00 – before the Jobs for Mathematicians fair
  • Where: Mathematical Institute
  • Booking: To reserve a place, please go to CareerConnect

Erica Tyson from the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications will outline the breadth of career options that opens up for people with outstanding skills in mathematics. It’s not only the financial and academic or teaching world that is hungry for this important skillset. Increasingly, commercial, government and not-for-profit sector players of all kinds are keen to employ highly numerate, analytical and creative thinkers to understand and predict trends, plan and develop strategy and deliver smarter and more efficient solutions.

You do not need to book a place at this event but please bear in mind that spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis and popular events may fill early so arrive in good time.

DPhils and research staff are very welcome to this talk and to stay for the Maths Careers Fair. Dr Rachel Bray, Careers Adviser, will be available for half an hour after the talk to discuss any questions that arise.

Further information on the fair can be found on our Fairs page. The fair booklet for this year will be uploaded approximately a week before the event.

Interview & Presentation Skills for Research Staff and DPhils

  • When: Thursday 23 November, 13.30 – 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, with particular focus on the latter.  Follow up one-to-one career discussions can then be used to review intended applications and to prepare for particular interviews.

Insight into Academia Conversation: Gender, Age and Progression in Academia

  • When: Tuesday 21 November, 13.00 – 14.00
  • Where: Careers Service
  • Booking: To reserve a place, please go to CareerConnect

This ‘conversation’ around gender, age and progression in academia will be an informal group discussion (facilitated by a careers adviser), with two guest contributors (two early- to mid – career academics) who will share their experiences with you.

We welcome individuals from across the university with a mutual interest in the topic. The careers adviser present is an experienced group facilitator, who’ll support the discussion with advice, strategies and resources, as well as offering suggestions for topics of discussion.

Meeting people is a really useful way to learn more about your mutual goals: it’s the equivalent of attending a tutorial or class discussion, and often attendees choose to keep in touch with fellow participants for further mutual support.

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From Shakespeare to Spinout: The Story of Inkpath

Blogged by John Gilbert on November 10, 2017.
  • When: Tuesday 14 November, 12.00-14.00
  • Where: Radcliffe Humanities

Have you ever wondered what the link between Shakespeare and startups is? Come along to hear Dr John Miles talk about how his research into Shakespeare created the seeds for his recent spinout company, Inkpath. See Enterprising Oxford for more information and to book your place.

This event is part of the #StartedinOxford festival, a programme of events happening across Oxford in the week of 13-17 November that celebrate Oxford’s startups, spinouts and businesses.

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