About the Micro-Internship Programme

Micro-Internships are 2-5-day voluntary learning and development opportunities exclusively on offer to Oxford University students. Each placement gives you valuable experience observing and assisting with a defined project. The aim is to develop your employability skills, add to your CV, and offer you the opportunity to make new professional contacts.

A broad range of placements are advertised through the programme which cover  a variety of sectors and involve many different skills. A project may be self-contained or it might form part of a larger, on-going project - sometimes begun by previous Oxford micro-interns. Your experience will usually be accompanied by work shadowing, offering insight into the professional workings and daily life at your host organisation.   

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  • Gain employability skills and enhance your CV – acquire a range of employability skills such as problem-solving, self-management, presentation and communication skills, and commercial awareness (see more on our Employability Skills webpages). These skills are highly valued by employers and the ability to demonstrate them on your CV, cover letter and in interview is vital during the recruitment process.
  • Exploration and insight – micro-internships allow you to explore career options, gain insight into a sector that is new to you, or experience an area outside of your academic field. If you are considering pursuing a career in a certain sector, a micro-internship is a great way of helping you to decide if you might like to pursue it further.
  • Variety on offer – because placements are both short and voluntary, a great variety of organisations are able to offer placements through the programme, many of which would not ordinarily be in a position to support interns – in particular start-ups and charities.
  • Gain contacts – placements provide a fantastic opportunity to network with professionals in your chosen field, with some micro-internships leading to further work experience or career opportunities.
  • Convenience – all micro-internships last 2-5 days and take place at the end of term, so you can gain work experience even if you have a busy academic schedule.

Where

Depending on the project, the internship host will decide if your placement is to take place fully in person, fully remote or a hybrid of both. The internship host will reimburse you for reasonable travel and lunch expenses (on submission of receipt) for any days you are required to be physically present as part of the placement. Full details of what the host deems as reasonable can be found within each internship advert.

When

The Micro-Internship Programme runs four times a year - taking place at the end of each term, before the next academic year starts. The Micro-Internship Programme 2020/21 placement dates are as follows:

  • Winter Vacation – 6-10 December OR 13-17 December 2021
  • Spring Vacation – 14-18 March OR 21-25 March 2022
  • Summer Vacation – 27 June-1 July OR 4-8 July 2022

Usually, micro-internships are full-time hours (for example - but not limited to - 9am-5pm) each day, although this is decided by the host and will be communicated to you before your placement. Some hosts offer flexible working hours, and this is usually stated in the advert. Therefore, please ensure before applying that you are available during the placement week. Please be aware of differing timezones when accepting a placement and make your micro-internship host aware as to avoid conflicting timezones. 

All matriculated students, both Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Taught and Research) can apply to all cycles of the Programme.

Unfortunately, visiting students, MBA and EMBA students (Saïd Business School) are unable to apply. We encourage MBA and EMBA students to access the Saïd Business School Careers Service.

No. Micro-Internships are voluntary learning and development opportunities and therefore unpaid. However, host employers must reimburse students with both local travel and lunch expenses on submission of receipts for any day the student physically attends their placement. If the micro-intern completes the placement remotely from home, it is not anticipated the micro-intern will incur any local travel or lunch expenses and so reimbursement will not be required. 

 

Each term the Internship Office runs a workshop that covers what the Micro-Internship Programme is and what to include in your application. These will be advertised each term on CareerConnect.

Any further questions?

Please contact us! You can email micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

To keep updated with the launch of vacancies and deadlines for the submission of applications, make sure you check the Careers Service news page regularly, sign up to our Internship Alerts mailing list, and follow the Internship Office on Facebook.

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