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Curious about Journalism? Free summer workshops with News Associates

Posted on behalf of News Associates. Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on March 1, 2018.

For anyone starting out in journalism or curious to see if it might be a good fit for them, News Associates offer free, hands-on workshops in London and Manchester to give you a glimpse into the industry and their award-winning NCTJ training.


Free Journalism Workshop 2018 dates are offered from March and throughout the Summer.

These practical sessions will get you writing and honing skills needed for news, sport, online or broadcast journalism and are aimed at anyone wanting to find out if journalism is for them as well as those looking to build on experiences writing for the student press in Oxford. There’s also the chance to meet reporters from the News Associates agency to quiz them about what they think helps make a great journalist.

For application details and more information on the courses see News Associates Free Journalism Workshops

News Associates will also be running again a series of free sports masterclasses planned around live sporting events later in the year, and details will be released soon – once the Sportsbeat Team have recovered from covering the Winter Olympics!


Really helpfully, News Associates have also updated their list on when the journalism graduate schemes open as well as summer work experience opportunities.

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Rule the Risk: Enterprise Challenge

Posted on behalf of Zurich Insurance. Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on March 1, 2018.

The Zurich Enterprise Challenge is now open to teams of 3-4 people studying for a Masters, MBA or PhD. If you’re interested, each team member is required to create a Project Firefly profile and the team needs to complete registration to enter the challenge.

The Challenge gives you an opportunity of a lifetime to work with one of the world’s top insurance companies and solve real-life strategy and business challenges using Zurich’s award-winning country risk assessment tool, the exclusive Zurich Risk Room (ZRR) to illustrate the impact of multivariate risks on individual countries and the complex inter-connectivity between different types of risks.

Phase 1 Topic – Crack the Case: Pharma Future: Submit your 6 minute video presentation to make your case by 22 April

For Phase 2, 20 teams will be invited to collaborate with one of Zurich’s multinational partner firms on a further case (May 28 – June 29) and the top two teams in that phase will present at Zurich’s Global Risk Summit in Berlin in (September 25-27), vying for big cash prizes, kudos and interviews to join Zurich.

Full details online at Project Firefly: Zurich Challenge.

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Internships in Advertising and Marketing

Blogged by Julia Hilton on February 28, 2018.

Applications for AdSchools and internships are mostly opening and closing this term so it’s a great time to be drawing up a shortlist of your preferred schemes. Do your research – what campaigns have these  companies worked on? Have any won awards? What’s their USP? What kind of ads stand out to you and why/why not? These are the sorts of questions you need to be prepared to answer in an application form and interview. The best place to start your research is via our Advertising careers web pages and spend some time looking specifically at the External Resources tab which lists useful sites such as the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), awarding bodies in the industry and careers portals for this sector such as FutureRising.

Examples of upcoming opportunities include

  • AdSchool at VCCP: VCCP, the integrated ad agency behind campaigns such as Cadbury’s ‘There’s a glass and a half in everyone’, Dominos’ ‘The Official Food of Everything’, O2’s ‘Oops’ and’s ‘Compare the Meerkats’ are opening their doors again for a week-long summer Ad School at their HQ in London Victoria, and you can apply now! It takes place from 9-13 April and offers a really valuable introduction into advertising.
  • JWT Jumpt/Start global, 12-week paid, quarterly program. Summer scheme deadline in April 2018
  • AMV BBDO Work experience 2018 will close on 15 April.
  • Grey London 1 month rolling internship as part of their Upstart scheme

There’s plenty more out there so book an appointment with a Careers Adviser if you need some help putting together your strategy for applications in advertising and related careers areas.

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Next week: Making the Most of Your Internship workshop

Blogged by Rosanna Mills on February 28, 2018.
  • When: Wednesday 7 March, 12:30
  • Where: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

How can I maximise my opportunities during an internship? What can I do to impress my employer? How can I develop my skills?

Next week, the Internship Office is hosting ‘Making the Most of Your Internship’ to answer these questions. During this workshop, you will have the chance to discuss what you can be doing before, during, and after an internship; what employers are looking for; why doing an internship is beneficial; transferrable skills; and more.

You’ll also hear from one of our Careers Advisers on commercial awareness – what this is, why it’s important, and how it relates to you – and a past micro-intern will be joining us to share their experience and top tips. Finally, what better chance to ask your internship questions and meet fellow students embarking on a placement?

Please logon to CareerConnect to book (places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis) and email any queries to Rosanna Mills at Whilst this event is particularly suitable for those undertaking a micro-internship, all students are welcome to attend.

We look forward to meeting you next week!

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THIS SATURDAY: Oxford Saïd Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 

Posted on behalf of OSEF. Blogged by Julia Hilton on February 28, 2018.
  • When: Saturday 3 March
  • Where: Saïd Business School
  • Book: Register here.

OSEF is Saïd Business School’s flagship entrepreneurial event. It is an intensive and immersive experience for anyone interested in all things entrepreneurial – from pursuing start-up ideas to taking a transformational approach to building future careers.

Respected and renowned entrepreneurs deliver globally-focused, thought-provoking keynotes and panel conversations on how to start and scale a business, including specific themes such as health and wellness, investment, big data and AI, transport and mobility, zero hunger and government technology.

Selected student teams of budding entrepreneurs will showcase their ideas to an audience of invited guests including venture capital firms and angel investors at the forum’s pitching event, supported by UKBAA.

We are delighted to announce that OSEF 2018 – taking place on Saturday 3 March – is supported through Innovation Support for Business (ISfB). This is a three-year programme funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), delivered by OxLEP in partnership with the University of Oxford, Cherwell District Council, Oxford City Council, and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

ERDF-funded places are available to eligible applicants as part of phase two of the ISfB programme.

Whether you’re interested in starting and scaling a business, developing your skill-set to stand out from the crowd or simply understanding the opportunities that can come your way when you think entrepreneurially, OSEF can provide a hugely inspirational, stimulating and unmissable day – don’t miss out! Register here.

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