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Conference for Researchers: 10 days to go!

Blogged by Rachel Bray on March 7, 2018.

Final preparations are underway for this year’s Careers Conference for Researchers offering DPhils and Postdocs/RAs an exciting programme of live interviews with recruiters, sector-based panels, skills sessions and networking with employers over lunch.

Dr Liz Elvidge, co-author of the recent book What Every Postdoc Needs to Know, will give our final plenary talk. Liz will draw on years of experience at Imperial, share her insights into how people explore alternatives and find rewarding roles, and help you frame your own journey.

  • When: Saturday 17 March, 10:00-16:00
  • Where: Examination Schools
  • Book: via CareerConnect (search ‘Events’)

Although all places at this conference have been booked, please register via CareerConnect and you will be added to the waiting list. Spaces that become available will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have booked, but are now unable to attend, please cancel your booking so someone else can have the place.

And if you can’t come, don’t panic! You can engage with the Careers Service resources at any time and download our programme with employer contacts after the event.

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Less than a week to apply for UK internships!

Blogged by Rachel Ruscombe-King on March 7, 2018.

A fantastic array of UK internships available through the Summer Internship Programme are now being advertised through CareerConnect. All are exclusively for Oxford students to apply for. The deadline for our current batch of UK opportunities is Monday 12 March.

This year there are some really interesting opportunities to work with UK start-up organisations on marketing and business development strategy. You could choose to apply for the chance to work with Strumpshaw, Tincleton & Giggleswick’s Marvellous Maps, a start-up that designs and sells maps that entertain and inspire. The 10-week internship will provide insight into all areas of the business, with a focus on marketing and product development. Or, you could consider GB chew Organic, a rapidly growing company selling organic healthy snacks. The intern will be working alongside the founder covering multiple areas of the business, with a main focus on sales, operations and marketing.

As ever, we will be running one-to-one application support sessions this week to help you finalise your applications. Book your place on CareerConnect and don’t forget to check out our Application support guide for a list of help available for your internship applications. You can make two applications to internships with a deadline of 12 March, and more international and UK internships will be released from 13 March onwards.

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The Student Consultancy, Trinity term – places available!

Blogged by Lili Pickett-Palmer on March 7, 2018.

Consultancy Training in Trinity Term…

The Student Consultancy provides you with an exceptional insight into consultancy practice. Across a term, you will work in a team on a real-life business challenge for a client organisation.

Past students have worked with clients including: The Oxford Boat Race, Yellow Submarine, Belu Water, Eco Concierge, Eve, Happen, IBM, Minervation, Modern Art Oxford, Oxfam, Oxford Limited, OxHub, OxFizz, Oxford City Council, Oxford University Library Services, Pegasus Theatre and the Playhouse Theatre plus a range of start-ups.

… but it isn’t just about consulting!

The Student Consultancy can 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. Past TSC participants have ranged from 1st years to DPhils and from English to Economics students – with everything in between.

The Careers Service tries to match you to a client in a sector of interest – to provide experience for future applications. Whether you want a career in museums or marketing, or an insight into IT or charities, The Student Consultancy can help…

Apply now

We run The Student Consultancy each term – and applications for the Trinity Term 2018 Student Consultancy are now open. We strongly advise applying as soon as you can, as the application window will close once we have a certain number of participants.

To apply please search “Student Consultancy Trinity Term 2018” under the opportunities tab of CareerConnect.

For further information, and for mandatory assessment and training dates, please visit The Student Consultancy webpage.

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Journalism: Foreign Affairs Internship for The Economist

Posted on behalf of The Economist. Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on March 6, 2018.

Great opportunities don’t always have a massive flag over them to say ‘apply here’. Hidden in the small print of this week’s Economist magazine (p.57 if you must know) is a summer internship opportunity with The Economist.

Foreign internship:

We are seeking a summer intern to write about foreign affairs for The Economist. The internship will be London-based, will last for three months or more, and will pay £2,000 per month. Anyone is welcome to apply. Applicants should send an original unpublished article of up to 600 words on any issue in international politics or foreign affairs, a CV and a cover letter to We are looking for originality, wit, crisp writing and clarity of thought. The deadline is 3 April.

If this has caught your attention and you’re wondering where else to look for leads and ideas for breaking into journalism, read our Journalism briefing online and bookmark the Graduate Schemes listing on 

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FCO Graduate Internship open for applications!

Posted on behalf of Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Blogged by Hugh Nicholson-Lailey on March 6, 2018.

The UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office have now opened applications for the FCO Graduate Internship 2018.

Offering up to 10 months full-time work from 30 August, this is “a unique opportunity to be right at the heart of the FCO’s work and to understand what it takes to run an effective global organisation” and is suitable for alumni and anyone completing their Oxford studies this year.

Closing date is 26 March 2018

For more details visit the FCO Graduate Internship page.

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