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The Summer Internship Programme provides access to hundreds of internship opportunities during the long (summer) vacation. They are offered by our international alumni, by multi-national corporations, by world-leading NGOs, by cutting-edge research institutions and many other organisations, and all are exclusively available to Oxford University students. Since the programme’s inception, students have undertaken internships in over 40 countries and have gained valuable work experience while travelling to exciting and exotic locations. The Summer Internship Programme also gives you the chance to explore work experience options in a variety of sectors in the UK. The programme is open to all current, matriculated Oxford University students, undergraduates and postgraduates, including those in their final year of study. Visiting students are not eligible to apply.

The internships are advertised on CareerConnect from the beginning of Hilary term each year.

What do the internships offer?
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Although every internship is unique, we try to ensure that they provide the following common elements:

  • Full-time work for 2-12 weeks during the summer vacation
  • 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
  • Payment at the national minimal wage or above, if the internship is in the UK and in the for-profit sector
  • An international experience or access to an internship placement in the UK that is not readily available through alternative internship programmes

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

Taking part in the programme can help you…

Develop your career goals

“This internship has had an incredibly strong lasting impression on me and leaving was very emotional. It has made me far more passionate about the accessibility of education and educational reform”. – Intern at UWC Adriatic, Italy

“The internship has definitely made me more open to a career in the third sector and it has also encouraged me to consider jobs that involve an element of research – it is exciting to be constantly learning while working”. – Intern at Arts at the Old Fire Station, Oxford

“I had a lot of fun and genuinely enjoyed my work. I felt valued and think that I contributed to the company, and I was able to learn a lot and expand my skill set. I am now more certain that this is the area of engineering I want to work in, and believe that I was able to develop many skills that will be valuable for my career.” – Intern at Archangel Imaging, Oxford

Experience a new location and culture

“I had a fantastic time on this internship. I absolutely loved the area of China (Yangshou) in which I was placed, it was the most incredibly beautiful scenery and a really fun town to be in. This internship has taught me so much, I feel much more independent as well as more confident. I have met some brilliant people doing this and learn a lot about myself, my lasting impression will be many happy memories”. – Intern at Gotoco, China

“I had one of my best summer experiences during my stay in Geneva. There was such an inclusive atmosphere at CERN as there were 300+ summer students from around 100 countries and I have made very good friends. The scale of ongoing and future projects is absolutely gigantic, I had visited all the four underground detectors of the Large Hadron Collider and they are very impressive. The amount of international collaboration and resources that were devoted to the LHC project is enormous and it brings the science community over the world together. Living in Geneva is very different to Oxford or even my home country Hong Kong. The culture and cuisine are very different but it was a new experience for me to stay in continental Europe. I would love to return to Geneva and work there in the future. Before this internship I was unsure if I would enjoy living in Switzerland or France but now it has completely changed my mind and I would certainly look into options for future studies in these places.” – Intern at CERN/John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science

Develop your confidence and professional skills

“This insight has been extremely useful in helping me to improve my professional skills and shape my CV for future applications. I have also learned a lot about myself in how I approach new challenges and unknown situations, which has given me more confidence and certainty in myself.” – Intern at Montana Science Center, USA

“Overall, I had a fantastic experience. I learned a great deal of widely applicable skills- the internship certainly built my professional confidence”. – Intern at the Heritage Alliance, London

Past interns' experiences
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The Summer Internship Programme experience

Our interactive map lets you explore all the internships since 2015, and read about our interns’ experiences. It gives you a great idea of what you might be doing on the programme, and many of the internships will be offered by the same organisations next year.

You can filter the results to see what’s been available in different sectors; zoom in to read about interns’ experiences of different countries; or search the map for keywords – like your college, to see what people you know have done…

Video of students’ experiences

This video, made by a Crankstart scholar, gives a great quick introduction of what you might do on the programme.

See the internships through our interns’ eyes…

Each year we run a competition for The Summer Internship Programme interns’ photographs of what they saw and experienced during their placements. here are our 2019 winners and runners-up.

  • Cristina Conde, Courtauld Institute of Art (London), Through an intern's eyes WINNER
    Cristina Conde, Courtauld Institute of Art (London), Through an intern's eyes WINNER

And here is a selection of our older favourites!

  • Hannah Lovell, Intern at St Hugh’s College Burma Summer School, Yangon, Burma
    Hannah Lovell, Intern at St Hugh’s College Burma Summer School, Yangon, Burma
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More information about applying for opportunities on the Summer Internship Programme is available on our webpages:

Audio intro

If you’d rather learn about the Summer Internship Programme through an MP3, you can listen to the recording of our talk at International Careers Day in January 2017, where we introduce the programme.

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The Internship Office

Address: The Careers Service, University of Oxford, 56 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PA
Email: internships@careers.ox.ac.uk
Telephone: 01865 274 646

This information was last updated on 22 January 2020.
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Recent blogs about About the Summer Internship Programme

Applications are now open for the Summer Internship Programme 2020

Blogged by Paloma Campos Da Silva on 22/01/2020.

You can now browse and apply for a wide range of exciting internships offered exclusively to Oxford students through our Summer Internship Programme. The first international batch of opportunities is currently being advertised, with more than 200 summer internships in a wide range of sectors in over 30 countries.

All opportunities are open exclusively to Oxford students, and can be applied to through CareerConnect, under the ‘Internship Office and Skills Programmes’ section. You can apply up to three international internships with an application deadline of midday on 17 February. UK internships open for applications on 18 February, and more international internships will also be available from March onwards.

To see feedback from our previous interns on their global experiences, have a look at our Summer Internship Programme Yearbook 2019.

The Internship Office is offering application support sessions for prospective applicants to give advice on CVs and cover letters. These sessions take place every week at The Careers Service and can be booked through the ‘Appointments’ section in your CareerConnect account.

Please see our comprehensive application support guide (pdf) to find out about all the ways to get support during the application process. For further information, please contact us on internships@careers.ox.ac.uk

Research Internships: How to Find and Fund Them

Blogged by Karen Walker on 21/01/2020.

WHEN: Monday 27 January, 12:00-13:00
WHERE: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road
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Are you an undergraduate interested in gaining research experience? Do you think further study might be for you, but you’re not sure about the research element? Do you have a research project in mind, and want to explore ways to facilitate it?

This session will explore some of the reasons why research internships can be a great idea, whether you’re considering an academic career or think you might want to head out into the corporate world. We’ll talk about some of the skills you can gain, and give you some pointers as to where to look for internship opportunities and funding. We can’t promise an exhaustive list of research internships in every field, but we hope to give you some good ideas to get you started!

Micro-internship sector lists for Hilary term are now live

Blogged by Callum Livermore on 21/01/2020.

Gain key employability skills with the Micro-Internship Programme

Applications for this term’s micro-internship opportunities are open, with placements in Week 9 (16-20 March) and Week 10 (23-27 March) of Hilary Term.

You can find a full list of opportunities on our sector list or on CareerConnect. We have 190 opportunities in a variety of sectors on offer this term to all matriculated students (both undergraduate and postgraduate). Simply upload your CV and a 300-word supporting statement to be considered for an opportunity. Remember you can apply to a maximum of 2 opportunities.

If you’d like further advice and assistance with your application, the Internship Office are offering 15-minute support sessions which can be booked on CareerConnect.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Hurry though, the deadline is at midday on Monday, 3 February.

The Micro-Internship Programme Hilary Term 2020 is now live!

Blogged by Corina Lacurezeanu on 15/01/2020.

Applications for this term’s micro-internship opportunities are now open, with placements in Week 9 (16-20 March) and Week 10 (23-27 March) of Hilary Term. Placements are voluntary and last 2-5 days. Whilst placements are voluntary, employers will cover local travel and lunch expenses on submission of receipt.

You can find a full list of opportunities by login on to CareerConnect. We have over 160 opportunities in a variety of sectors on offer this term to all matriculated students (undergraduate and postgraduate). Simply upload your CV and a 300-word supporting statement to be considered for an opportunity. Remember, you can apply to a maximum of 2 opportunities.

If you’d like further advice and assistance with your application, the Internship Office are offering 15-minute support sessions which can be booked on CareerConnect via the ‘Appointments’ section.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications is at mid-day on Monday, 3 February.

Summer Internship Programme 2020

Blogged by Paloma Campos Da Silva on 08/01/2020.

The Internship Office is proud to announce that a wide range of exciting internship opportunities will soon be available exclusively to Oxford students through our Summer Internship Programme 2020.

Application dates

  • International internships will open for applications from 20 January until 17 February 2020.
  • UK internships will be advertised from 18 February until 16 March 2020.

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