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Why join the Summer Internship Programme?

From first year undergraduates to DPhil researchers, students in all areas and at all levels of study enjoy the benefits of undertaking an internship.

An internship can help you…..

Gain an in-depth insight into your sector of choice

“Coming here was absolutely the best way to spend my summer. I’ve learned a lot and confirmed my suspicions that curating is the best job in the world! It’s been an incredible experience and I’m so thankful for the opportunity”

– Gemma Sykes, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-Upon-Avon

“The internship at Tradewind Books has helped me understand the publishing industry and gave me the necessary experience to be confident I could get a job in publishing in the future. I liked working in the field and am seriously considering it as my career path. I cannot stress enough how important it is to be exposed to an industry before one decides to pursue a career in it, and how much it helps to clear one’s mind about such a decision”

– Olga Lenczewska, Tradewind Books, Vancouver, Canada

Try a new location

I had an amazing time on my internship and was very sorry to leave. I loved China, it’s a spectacular country with so much to see and do. I’ll always remember Nanjian county’s breath taking natural beauty and the friendliness of its inhabitants. I would love to go and work in China again”

– Martin Edwards, Tsinghua University Rural Programme, Beijing, China

Develop your career goals

“It’s hard not to be over-enthusiastic in describing how incredible an experience this has been thus far, and how sad I will be for it to end. I spent a lot of my childhood living in Zimbabwe, and coming to Uganda has been like coming home but with the added satisfaction of being able to use skills that are hopefully making a difference. My desire to apply my legal education in a development related context are certainly confirmed, as is my desire to apply for postgraduate study that looks into human rights law”

– Rose Worster, African Prisons Project, Uganda

Get a job

“This internship has been a very useful experience for me, as it was my first attempt working in a laboratory that specialised in DNA synthesis. Being a very small company, I was able to work closely with all members of the company and everyone was very welcoming from the beginning. I enjoyed the laboratory work very much, and I was very pleased to be offered a full-time role after a few weeks”

– Haewon Song, ATDBio, Oxford

Meet new people and visit new places

I thought that the internship was incredible. It enabled me to learn and develop my knowledge of climate science, as well as providing a rich cultural experience in a country I had not previously travelled to. I would love to return to visit the people I have met and to practise my Portuguese!”

– Charlotte Dormon, National Institute for Space Research, Brazil

Make a meaningful contribution

“My time at Muktangan has been incredible: I couldn’t have asked for a better internship. I was able to carry out projects that mattered to me, whilst making a contribution to the organisation, and I was supported on each and every step of the way whilst doing it. Before I went to Muktangan, I thought that I would like to work within the education sector, with a particular focus on international education. My time in Mumbai has further strengthened my resolve to realise this ambition, as well as making me think that I might like to return to India for work in the future”

– Jack Noble, Muktangan (Paragon Charitable Trust), India

Internships Insight Video

Find out what recent interns did on The Summer Internship Programme with this video.

Summer Internship Programme yearbooks

Many of the organisations taking part in the Summer Internship Programme have offered placements before. Each year until 2016 we published a Summer Internship Programme Yearbook, which is a great way to find out what your internship might involve – and get an idea what it’s like to work in different locations around the world.

To read about past students’ experiences on the Summer Internship Programme (previously ‘The Oxford University Internship Programme’), access the yearbooks in PDF format by using the buttons below.

Photo competition gallery

In 2015 we ran a competition for The Summer Internship Programme interns’ photographs of what they saw and experienced during their placements. Here’s a selection of our favourites!

  • Hannah Lovell, Intern at St Hugh’s College Burma Summer School, Yangon, Burma
This information was last updated on 20 November 2017.
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Recent blogs about The Summer Internship Programme Experience

Making the Most of Your Internship

Blogged by Rosanna Mills on November 9, 2017.
  • When: Wednesday 29 November, 12.30-13.30
  • Where: The Careers Service
  • Book: via CareerConnect

If you are participating in a micro-internship this term, or planning any kind of internship in the near future, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead and work out how you can really benefit. How can you make an impact? How can you impress your employer? What can you do to maximise your experience for the future?

All of these questions and more will be answered at our event next week. Join us to hear essential advice from Careers Service staff and gain an insight from our guest speakers: a current host from the Stockholm Environmental Institute, a previous micro-intern for The Nasio Trust who is now employed by the charity, and a Trinity Term 2017 micro-intern.

Although the event finishes at 13.30, you are welcome to join us afterwards for tea and coffee, and to chat with other interns and our speakers. Come prepared with all your internship questions!

Booking is required for this event, and is now open on CareerConnect.

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