About the Summer Internship Programme

Internships 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 completed internships in over 40 countries, and have gained valuable work experience while travelling to exciting and exotic locations. The Summer Internship Programme also offers 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 (both 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.

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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.

What are the benefits of an internship?

Don’t just take our word for it! Students who’ve taken part in the programme have told us that internships can help in the following ways:

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 and I have made very good friends. Living in Geneva is very different to Oxford or even my home country Hong Kong. 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

The Summer Internship Programme experience

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

  • Ana Pagu, Intern at Perm State University, Perm, Russia

  • Jennifer Rowe, Intern at Stowe House, UK

  • Alex Dyzenhaus, Intern at Generations for Peace, Amman, Jordan

  • Hannah Lovell, Intern at St Hugh’s College Burma Summer School, Yangon, Burma

  • Imogen Green, Naval History & Heritage Command, Washington DC, USA

  • Olga Lenczewska, Intern at Tradewind Books, Vancouver, Canada

  • Holly Redford-Jones, Intern at St Hugh’s College Burma Summer School, Yangon, Burma

  • Matthew Li, Intern at Europaische, Naumburg, Germany

  • Ana Pagu, Intern at Perm State University, Perm, Russia

  • Ana Lawry Aguila, Intern at Projects Galapagos, San Cristobal Island, Ecuador

  • Matthew Li, Intern at Europaische, Naumburg, Germany

  • Sofia Vaz Pinto Simoes Coelho, Intern at Ashinaga, Tokyo, Japan

  • Ana Pagu, Intern at Perm State University, Perm, Russia

  • Sofia Vaz Pinto Simoes Coelho, Intern at Ashinaga, Tokyo, Japan

  • Samantha Roytson, Intern at Projects Galapagos, San Cristobal Island, Ecuador

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

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