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About the Summer Internship Programme | The Careers Service About the Summer Internship Programme – Oxford University Careers Service
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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 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’s a selection of our 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
Telephone: 01865 274 646

This information was last updated on 02 October 2019.
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We will be running a session from 14:00-16:00 on Wednesday 13 November at the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road, where you can find out more about how to complete the research proposal section of your Laidlaw application. We will cover some basics including coming up with a research question, turning this into a realistic project plan, research integrity and ethics, and what we mean by ‘output’ and ‘impact’. Please book a place via the event page on CareerConnect.

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Second round deadline: The application window is open for one week and will close Monday 18 November at midday.

What If I have not heard back from the first round? – We aim to make each student aware of the outcome of any application they made in the first round by Thursday 14 November. However, if you wish, you can make one further application at any point during the second round.

Visit the Micro-Internship Programme webpage for further information.

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The deadline to apply for this term’s Micro-Internship Programme is fast approaching. We have over 175 opportunities on offer this term, so don’t miss out! You can find a full list of opportunities on offer this term here

All micro-internships come with expenses and take place over 2-5 days in either 9th (9-13 December) or 10th week (16-20 December) of Michaelmas Term.  Simply upload your CV and a 300-word supporting statement via CareerConnect to be considered for your chosen opportunity. Please note that you can make up to two applications per term.

The programme is open to all matriculated students – from first year undergraduate students through to DPhil students.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Hurry though — the deadline is midday on Monday, 28 October.

Closing Soon: Micro-Placements for Research Staff

Blogged by Joe O'Connor on 22/10/2019.

Closing Soon: Micro-Placements for Research Staff – personal development opportunities  for university-employed research staff

The deadline for this term’s Micro-Placements Programme for Research Staff is Monday 28 October at midday. Micro-placements are 2-5 day voluntary work experience placements facilitated by the University of Oxford and which are intended to give you experience in a new sector, enable you to practice a number of employability skills, and also offer an engaging and interesting project.

This term’s placements include research into the impact of AirBnb on Oxford’s homelessness problem for a local charity, working with a tech spinout on data visualization and analysis of their battery technology, and helping the Oxford Martin School develop policies which enable them to practice what they preach on organizational environmental impact.

You can find the full list of available placements here, or on CareerConnect.

If you are interested in the programme but none of the placements are right for you, please contact Joe O’Connor at, so that he can record this and include your feedback in the review of the pilot.

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Blogged by Callum Livermore on 16/10/2019.

Do you want to gain key employability skills this term? Then the Micro-Internship Programme is for you

Applications for this term’s micro-internship opportunities are open, with placements in Week 9 (9-13 December) and Week 10 (16-20 December) of Michaelmas Term.

You can find a full list of opportunities on our sector list or on CareerConnect. We have over 175 opportunities in a variety of sectors on offer this term to all matriculated students (including those who are due to matriculate in the next few weeks). These include, but are not limited to, an internship as an Anti-Doping Scientist at Morgan Sports Law; an Analyst Micro-Internship at BlondeMoney, a Publishing and Research Internship with Lantana Publishing and even a Policy Advisor Micro-Internship at Government of the Netherlands, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in the Netherlands. 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

Hurry though, the deadline is at mid-day on Monday 28 October.

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