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Reasons to offer an internship

Hiring a full-time summer intern can be of value to any type of organisation. You gain an additional member of staff at a relatively low cost who can be assigned to a specific project. In return the intern is exposed to new skills and work in a specific industry sector. Our students are bright, inquisitive, analytical, talented, hard working, energetic and ambitious and can provide you and your organisation with creative input and quality results.

Participating in The Summer Internship Programme is also a great way to promote your organisation among our students and to develop a direct link with Oxford University. Internships advertised through the Programme receive a huge amount of attention from both undergraduates and postgraduates and employers offering internships receive dedicated support from the Careers Service’s Internship Office.

Recommendations from partner employers

“Of all the interns we have had the opportunity to work with, interns from Oxford have been the best! They are exceptional individuals—extremely bright, driven and articulate. They have excellent written and verbal communication skills, can work independently and are able to follow through and deliver on any work assigned to them.”  Khalid Jaleel, International Summer School, New Delhi

“I can’t praise enough the outstanding contribution that the interns have made to the work of Citizens Advice in the 4 weeks that they were with us. They showed intelligence, creativity, commitment and enthusiasm for challenging work and completed all aspects of their assignments to an exemplary standard.”  Frank Newhofer, Citizens Advice Oxford

“Excellent. Very well supported by the Careers Service, and the quality of the applicants extremely good. We could have selected several of those we interviewed.”  Francesca Galligan, Bodleian Libraries Rare Books, University of Oxford

“The interns we received this year have been a real value to our programmes. We appreciate their enthusiasm, passion and commitment to their research projects. Excellent programme, excellent assistance from Internship Office staff, excellent interns. Very interested to continue next year.”  Dr Lyudmila Kadzhaya, Perm State University, Russia

“It was an absolute privilege and joy to host a group of Oxford students at the University of Canterbury. The students were focused and engaged throughout the programme. Their final reports and presentations were highly impressive, well and truly exceeding our expectations. The students are to be commended for the way in which they represented themselves and the University of Oxford.”  Will Shannon, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Suitable internships

Although every internship offers a unique experience, it is expected that they will comprise the following common elements:

  • An internship for one or more students which will be exclusively offered to Oxford students and only advertised through the Oxford University Summer Internship Programme
  • Full-time work for 4-12 weeks, generally undertaken during the summer vacation  Undergraduates (or postgraduates on a course that exceeds one year) should not do an internship exceeding 8 weeks in duration unless they are finishing (final-year) students
  • A defined project, which creates real value for the host organisation and a valuable learning experience for the student
  • Interaction with an assigned supervisor or mentor within the host organisation
  • A stipend, or some assistance with travel or accommodation. Internships in the UK must comply with National Minimum Wage legislation.

Please download our pdf to see examples of previous internships that have been successfully advertised through the Summer Internship Programme.

For further guidance on the elements of a successful internship, please see our Internship Best Practice webpage.

About our host organisations

Many of our internships are offered by alumni or current recruiters who find it rewarding to maintain a relationship with the University. We have also welcomed large multinationals and world-leading organisations and charities to the programme, due to the recruitment opportunities it facilitates, as well as smaller organisations at home and abroad who are keen to experience the kind of dynamic cultural, academic, and professional exchange that a student intern can provide.

Whatever your organisation’s area of work, if you can offer a specific project that will give a student an insight into your company doing real work that is of benefit to the organisation, we would love to hear from you.

We are looking for internship placements in small, medium and large organisations and from as many diverse areas, and regions, as possible. In 2017 we offered our students internships in 35 countries including, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, China, India, Japan, Jordan, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Uganda and USA as well as within the EU and the UK.

Opportunities come from many different fields and sectors including: Education, International Development, Not-for-Profit, Social Care, Government and Agencies, Natural Resources and the Environment, Law, Finance, Luxury Travel, Retail, Museums and Galleries, Publishing, Research, Marketing, and Film and Digital Media.

How and when to offer an internship

Timeline

Location of internship Deadline for internship proposals Students can apply Applications sent to employer Employer interviews and selects candidate(s)
International 5 January 15 January-19 February 5 March By 6 April
UK 9 February 20 February-12 March 26 March By 27 April

 

Late-Advertised Internships (International and UK)

Placements submitted after the initial deadline will be advertised from April –May 2018.

Process

How to submit an internship

  1. All organisations should register on CareerConnect, our online vacancy system. Please see our CareerConnect guide for recruiters for an overview of the registration process and how to post an internship opportunity.
  2. If you are a new employer, the Internship Office Team will arrange a telephone or Skype call with you to discuss the internship and answer any questions you may have.
  3. The internship advertisement will be released to students. You will be advised of the closing date: see the section above for further details of advertisement and application periods.
  4. Students will view the advertisement and upload their application documents. The Internship Office will respond to students’ queries on your behalf.
  5. After the closing date, we will send you the packet of applications for review. We ask you to shortlist, interview, select and reject candidates directly.
  6. Advise the Internship Office of your chosen intern/s.

Information for Oxford Colleges and Departments

If you are a department or college of the University of Oxford, it is your responsibility to consult the employment guidance for setting up internships within departments, as set out by the university.

For information on the difference between interns and volunteers, please see the agreed university guidance on volunteers.

Role & responsibilities of host organisations

The host organisation has the following responsibilities:

  • Provide an accurate and reasonably detailed description of the internship project(s) offered and the duties associated with it (them), including an overview of the skills required by the ideal candidate(s)
  • Select intern(s) from the pool of applicants who apply through the programme.  Telephone (or face-to-face) interviews should be conducted, and direct contact established with potential interns. Reasonable travel expenses must be provided for face-to-face interviews.
  • Provide the internship project as described (or an appropriate alternative project subject to prior discussion with the Internship Office and the student(s))
  • Provide intern(s) with an appropriate work-space and equipment necessary to carry out the internship project work
  • Designate a point of contact within the organisation, who will discuss practical arrangements with the intern before their arrival, supervise the intern(s), and act as the primary contact for communications with the University of Oxford
  • Provide the intern(s) with a stipend and/or other assistance (for example, accommodation), as agreed with the Internship Office prior to the start of the internship
  • Comply with local health and safety obligations in relation to the internship(s)
  • Provide assurance that your organisation’s insurance will cover potential liability that may arise from the internship(s)
  • Where necessary, sponsor the student for a visa covering the duration of the placement
  • Provide feedback to the University of Oxford by evaluating the intern(s) at the end of the placement.
  • Make any necessary and reasonable adjustments to accommodate interns in the case of disability or additional needs, in accordance with the the Equality Act 2010 and the University of Oxford Equality Policy.
Remuneration for interns

Feedback from partners suggests that hiring an intern from the University of Oxford significantly benefits our internship providers. Oxford interns are enthusiastic, highly motivated, and work hard to contribute to projects within their host organisations.

In the UK we expect private sector employers to abide by minimum wage legislation. The UK Government webpages have a useful guide to the minimum wage policy.

From an international point of view, whilst legislative expectations differ between countries, partner organisations should provide remuneration similar to equivalent entry level roles within the industry.

Private sector

We encourage all partner organisations to pay the going rate for their particular sector and country. While not everyone will be able to pay above a minimum wage level, the more generous the remuneration the more interest it will generate amongst the brightest and best.

For example, high income hedge funds/finance sector organisations and established private sector businesses often offer competitive weekly stipends or packages including accommodation, flights etc. in order to attract high calibre candidates.

 

Not-for-profit organisations

We also work with public bodies and charities with minimal budget to reimburse interns. The Internship Office has access to scholarship funds to strengthen placement offers, which means students are effectively paid for their work, and their costs are covered. Funds are allocated on a first-come first-served basis at the discretion of the Internship Office. In all cases we ask non-profit organisations for a contribution towards placements, such as transport costs, accommodation, meal donations or a bicycle to get to work!

SMEs

If you are a UK-registered and UK-based organisation with 250 employees or less, and with a turnover of fifty million pounds or less, you may be able to offer an internship through the Summer Internship Programme which is fully, or part funded by Santander. See the section below for details.

Santander funding for internships in SMEs

Santander-funded or part-funded internships may be offered by organisations with 250 employees or less which have an annual turnover of fifty million pounds or less (“SMEs”). They must be registered and based in the UK (eligible organisations include companies, sole traders, partnerships and charities).

Eligibility

  • The internship/s must to be offered through the Oxford University Summer Internship Programme.
  • The internships will be for a duration of between 1 and 10 weeks with the intern working on a full-time basis.
  • The internship/s must start no later than 15th September 2018.
  • Participating SMEs can recruit a maximum of 5 interns through each cycle of the Programme
  • SMEs cannot apply for further Santander UK plc funding to either extend an intern contract or employ the same student or graduate after the internship is completed.
  • All SMEs whose internships are funded or part-funded through this scheme must register their details with Santander
  • Santander Universities disclaims all liability for breaches of employment laws and regulations by partner universities and SMEs. Each participating partner university and SME agree to operate the internship scheme in accordance with all employment laws and regulations and to indemnify Santander Universities in relation to all loss or damage it may suffer as a result of their failures to comply with such laws or regulations.

* For full terms and conditions please see Santander’s website.

Funding and payment

Each intern under the Programme shall be paid a minimum of £300 per week based on a 35 hour week.

For internships between 1-2 weeks Santander will fund £300 per week with no additional contribution required by the SME.  Internships between 3 and 10 weeks will be part-funded by Santander at a rate of £150 per week to a maximum of £1,500, to be matched by the SME.  The table below illustrates the contribution from Santander and the SME:

Each intern under the Programme shall be paid a minimum of £300 per week based on a 35 hour week.

For internships between 1-2 weeks Santander will fund £300 per week with no additional contribution required by the SME.  Internships between 3 and 10 weeks will be part-funded by Santander at a rate of £150 per week to a maximum of £1,500, to be matched by the SME.  The table below illustrates the contribution from Santander and the SME:

Internship Length Funding from Santander Contribution from SME or other source
1 week £300 £0
2 weeks £600 £0
3 weeks £450 £450
4 weeks £600 £600
5 weeks £750 £750
6 weeks £900 £900
7 weeks £1050 £1050
8 weeks £1200 £1200
9 weeks £1350 £1350
10 weeks £1500 £1500

 

This information was last updated on 19 December 2017.
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EXPERIENCE THE CLASSROOM

Blogged by Julia Hilton on April 20, 2018.

Insight into Teaching provides students with the opportunity to spend three days in a school with a full programme of lesson observation, perhaps a chance to try out some teaching and join in with activities, and a pre-placement seminar to get the most out of the placement.

Placements take place over 3 days in 9th week of Trinity term and are available in a range of subjects in secondary, primary & further education, in state-maintained and independent schools across Oxfordshire and elsewhere in the UK. This year the dates are Tuesday 19 to Thursday 21 June.

Applications open in 1st week of term and close on Sunday 20 May (end of 4th week) at midnight.

If you are thinking about a career in teaching then spending time in school is extremely important, not only to help you to decide whether teaching is for you, but also to enhance your teacher training application – whether you are considering a PGCE, School Direct, Teach First or another route into teaching. A participant on the programme last term said:

‘I really enjoyed interacting with students in the lower school, particularly helping students who came to the math’s clinic one lunch time. It was nice to feel useful. I previously was sure I wanted to teach sixth form but I enjoyed this aspect so much I am rethinking this.’

Literary Agency Work Experience – Carole Blake Open Doors Project

Posted on behalf of Blake Friedmann. Blogged by Polly Metcalfe on April 20, 2018.

The Carole Blake Open Doors Project, is a programme specifically aimed at encouraging candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds to enter the publishing industry.

The Carole Blake Open Doors Project will offer ten days of work shadowing at Blake Friedmann’s book agents to a selected applicant over a two-week period, including funding for travel and up to twelve nights’ accommodation in London. The programme, which will run twice a year, will include close mentorship with Blake Friedmann’s book agents, the opportunity to attend selected meetings with editors and clients, and the chance to be involved in every aspect of day-to-day life as an agent. It is intended that candidates will come away from the project with varied knowledge of working for a leading literary agency, the beginnings of new and essential relationships in the publishing industry, and some excellent experience to include on their CVs.

“Carole offered me my first internship in publishing at Blake Friedman. She was a formidable figure, yet warm and funny. She was deeply encouraging to me as one from a diverse background based on my age, class and race – though it was our mutual love of a great pair of shoes that really sealed the deal!  An unforgettable, truly phenomenal woman.” – Valerie Brandes, Founder & Publisher, Jacaranda Books, and former BFA intern

Carole Blake and the Blake Friedmann team have always placed great value on diversity and openness, in the company’s client list as well as its hiring practices. We aim to build on this foundation and be proactive about drawing from a wider pool of talented applicants who are passionate about books and ambitious about getting a job in publishing.

Read an account of taking part in the project from our first Open Doors intern Ada Igwebu. 

Applications are now open for the Carole Blake Open Doors project and the deadline is 18 May.

Resources and opportunities for early career researchers

Blogged by Rebecca Ehata on April 19, 2018.

The Early Career Blog: Specialist careers advice for PhDs and postdocs

Have you had a look at our blog for early career researchers yet? This joint initiative with Cambridge has over 40 posts dealing with topics such as networking, academic applications and getting funding, making it a great resource whether you’re set on staying in academia or looking for fresh pastures. A new post on the blog looking at Non-academic employers’ perspectives on researchers will be of interest to any ECRs who are toying with the possibility of a move beyond academia.

You can browse the range of posts already available at any time, and don’t forget that you can send suggestions for further topics by tweeting them to @EarlyCareerBlog!

The Researcher Consultancy is back!

Following the successful pilot of the Researcher Consultancy in Michaelmas and Hilary terms, we’re delighted to announce that a new round of the programme has now launched! Whether you’re considering consultancy as a longer-term career move, you want to develop key employability skills such as self-management, team working, business and customer awareness, problem solving and communication, or wish to boost your understanding of the commercial sector and gain hands-on experience of tackling real-world strategic problems, this may be a perfect opportunity for you. Whatever your career plans, including further research and academia, participants can benefit significantly from the programme.

So how does it work?

Participants volunteer some of their own time to work in small teams, over a 4-month period, to address a strategic issue or business opportunity for a client organisation. Our clients list includes start-ups, businesses, local and international charities, community organisations, University departments and Government agencies.

Want to know more?

For more information see CareerConnect or contact Lili Pickett-Palmer. The closing date for applications for the Spring-Summer programme is 30 April 2018.

Careers in the Heritage and Museum Sectors

Posted on behalf of Heritage Pathway. Blogged by Polly Metcalfe on April 18, 2018.

Careers in the Heritage and Museum Sectors hosted by Heritage Pathway

  • When: Thursday 17 May, 15.00-17.00
  • Where: 3rd Floor Seminar Room, Radcliffe Humanities Building, Woodstock Road
  • Book: Booking is essential for this event

The ‘Heritage Pathway’ is one of seven training pathways offered to graduate students and Early Career Researchers in the Humanities Division. A year-long programme of workshops, site visits and networking opportunities provides the skills and knowledge required to engage successfully with partner organisations in the heritage sector, whether through commercial or research-based collaborations.

Three speakers reflect on their own career paths and offer top tips as to how to develop your career:

  • Emily Knight (Assistant Curator of Paintings, V&A)
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Trinity micro-internships have now launched!

Blogged by Rosanna Mills on April 18, 2018.

It’s the time of year to be thinking about work experience, and to help you on your way our Trinity term Micro-Internship Programme has now launched! If you have a busy academic schedule but you are still looking for work experience, or want to gain some professional skills and extra points for your CV, then look no further. This programme is open to both undergraduates and postgraduates, and here are some of the placements on offer in weeks 9 and 10:

  • Conduct research with the University’s Heritage Partnerships Office for the Hidden Objects Project
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  • And much more!

Keep an eye out for our sector lists over the coming days!

In brief… What are micro-internships?

2-5 day work experience placements each term during weeks 9 and 10, exclusive to Oxford students (matriculated students are eligible to apply). Although voluntary, host organisations must reimburse local travel and lunch expenses on production of receipts. Full programme information can be found on our Micro-Internship Programme webpage.

How do I apply?

You can view and apply to all micro-internships on CareerConnect, submitting a one-page CV and 300-word personal statement. The deadline this term is midday, Thursday 3 May (please note that this is earlier than usual due to the bank holiday).

Can I get help with my application?

Absolutely! Please see our Internship Office Application Support Document and Employer Feedback on Student Micro-Internship Applications. Up until the deadline, we will be running Application Support Sessions for CV and personal statement advice – view and book on CareerConnect.

Any questions? Get in touch by emailing micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk

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