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Making the Most of Your Internship

Blogged by Rosanna Mills on February 22, 2018.
  • When: Wednesday 7 March, 12:30
  • Where: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

If you are participating in the Micro-Internship Programme this term or planning another internship, there are a few things that you could be thinking about beforehand. Securing a placement is the first step, but how can you make the most of the opportunity? How can you impress your employer? What can you do to develop your skills? Many of our previous micro-interns have commented that five days goes by very quickly, so it’s best to be prepared.

Join the Internship Office on Wednesday 7 March to find out more. During this workshop, we’ll explore what you can be doing before, during and after your placement, and how you can maximise your opportunities. We’ll look at the experiences of past micro-interns and there will be a chance to ask any questions you might have.

Although this event is particularly suitable for those undertaking a micro-internship, all students are welcome to attend. Booking is essential on CareerConnect. Please send any queries about the event to Rosanna at

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British Ecological Society Summer School

Blogged by Claire Chesworth on February 22, 2018.

The British Ecological Society (BES) is running its 4th Ecological Summer School, taking place  from 16-20 July 2018 at Malham Tarn, Yorkshire. There are 50 fully funded places for 1st or 2nd year undergraduate students to immerse themselves in ecology and get access to extensive careers sessions, fieldwork and networking opportunities.

For further information, including how to apply, see BES Summer School

Closing date: 2 March 2018

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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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