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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 30 August 2018.
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Recent blogs about The Summer Internship Programme Experience

Browse international summer internships by sector and location

Blogged by Internship Office on 21/01/2019.

Are you looking for help to navigate the huge array of international summer internships currently available exclusively to Oxford students as part of the Summer Internship Programme?

The Internship Office has now published internship lists by sector and location so you can browse our international internships to find a summer opportunity that really appeals to you.

Don’t forget that students can make 3 applications to the current batch of internships, with a deadline of 18 February.

If you need help with your application, you can book a one to one support session with a member of the Internship Office to get your application checked. See our application support guide for other resources and tips.

Application support sessions and sector lists now available for the Micro-Internship Programme

Blogged by Internship Office on 15/01/2019.

The micro-internship applications are rolling-in ahead of the deadline of noon Monday 28 January. But are you struggling to get your own application off the ground? If so, don’t worry: the Internship Office is here to support you!

If you don’t know where to start, sector lists are now available, each one offering project summaries of all the placements available within each employment field.

And if you’d like further advice and assistance, as usual the Internship Office are offering application support sessions. These take place across the applications window.  Book a 15 minute appointment ahead via CareerConnect. A member of the Internship Office will be able to support you by offering feedback on CVs and personal statements.

And if you have no idea what a micro-internship even is, then the Micro-Internship Programme page is a good place to start.

Exclusive Summer Internships available for Oxford students!

Blogged by Internship Office on 08/01/2019.

Explore the world this summer with a global internship…

A huge range of exciting internship opportunities will soon be available for applications through the Summer Internship Programme. All opportunities are available exclusively to Oxford students, and can be applied to through CareerConnect.

International applications open for the Summer Internship Programme on Monday 14 January 2019. Hundreds of summer internships are available through the programme in more than 40 countries each year. International placements feature consultancy in Tokyo with Mitsubishi, HIV/AIDS social research in South Africa, technology training with Huawei and writing for an arts magazine in Malaysia. The deadline for applications for the first batch of international placements is midday Monday 18 February. Further international placements will be available for application from 12 March. Applications for UK placements open on 19 February.

Application support sessions will also be available for prospective applicants to discuss internship ideas, and get advice on CVs and applications. These sessions will take place at The Careers Service from 1st week, and can be booked through CareerConnect.

Please see our comprehensive application support guide for other ways to get support when applying to Internship Office programmes.

Stay up to date with the internship programmes by signing up to the Internship Office email alerts and visiting the Internship Office Facebook page.

Email with any questions.

Apply for the Hilary 2019 Micro-Internship Programme

Blogged by Internship Office on 07/01/2019.

Applications for a Micro-Internship placement in 9th or 10th week!

Applications for this term’s micro-internship opportunities open 9 January! More than 100 opportunities will be available in gaming, fashion, consultancy, education, not-for-profits and more. Placements last 2-5 days, and come with expenses.

Sign-in to CareerConnect from 9 January and see what’s on offer this term, and make up to two applications.

We are also running Application Support Sessions up until the deadline, with various sessions taking place Monday – Friday. Slots can be booked on CareerConnect. You can also book short discussions with our Careers Advisers.

Hurry though: the deadline to apply for this term’s opportunities is Monday 28 January, noon.

Our second round of micro-internships is now LIVE!

Blogged by Internship Office on 07/11/2018.

Are you interested in a two to five day placement at the end of Michaelmas term?

Sign in to CareerConnect to view all the micro-internship placements available in 9th or 10th week. The deadline is midday, Monday 12 Nov 2018.

Students are allowed one additional application for this late round, so if you have already made two applications this term, you are welcome to submit another! For full programme information, please visit our Micro-Internship Programme webpage.

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