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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?

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…

Gain an in-depth insight into your sector of choice

“My internship has opened up a sector to me that I now really want to spend my career working in. I knew I wanted to work in heritage, but after this internship, I know I want to work at a policy level, and I have a much more concrete idea of how I can achieve this. Those working at the Heritage Alliance were fantastic at talking to me about their route into the sector and at pointing out other possible ways in.”

– Katherine Ramsey, Heritage Alliance, London

“I found that I am quite a natural teacher so I would definitely consider a career in teaching in the future. I’m so glad that I applied for this internship, it was one of the best experiences of my life so far.”

– Rhiannon Savage, Omeida Language College, Yangshuo, China

Experience a new location and culture

“To go to Russia, and specifically to Perm (a less-visited city), was honestly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The staff and students at Perm State University were so friendly and welcoming, and really wanted us to learn about what Russian culture is actually like, and to have experiences we wouldn’t otherwise get. From the more-formal Russian classes and weekly excursions, to the everyday things like shopping at the supermarket, and having conversations with people there, I learnt things I couldn’t have found out just from reading a book. I loved my time in Russia, got some very useful insight into studying at another top university, made friends with amazing people (from both Oxford and Russia), and had experiences I will remember for the rest of my life!”

– Caitlin French, Perm State University, Russia

“Hearing people speak Swahili all around me made me so keen to learn a foreign language and I can say I am now partially fluent in the language after spending just two months in Kenya. I would so much love to return and work in Kenya permanently, as the place is green and the air is very clean.”

– Nelson Mhlanga, Nasio Trust, Kenya

“Overall, interning at MRI was a fascinating introduction to life in Japan, and I’m excited to return in the future. I’m very thankful for this incredible experience and highly encourage other Oxford students to apply.”

– Kate Samuelson, Mitsubishi Research Institute, Tokyo

Develop your career goals

“The experience in the country and in the institute definitely made me more certain of my plans for the future and encouraged me to consider applying to the Netherlands at least for a PhD. Everyone was very easily approachable and ready to help which really helped me get the most of the experience. Moreover, my supervisor and the other consultants to the project always asked for my opinion and input and made sure that the project is interesting and useful for me. While at first this made me feel intimidated as I did not have many ideas, later I appreciated this as they encouraged me to develop an independent approach and prepared me for a research setting in the future when I will have to come up with ideas on my own. Overall, everyone made an effort to introduce me to research life and I highly value the opportunity I was given.”

– Intern at National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), Netherlands

“I absolutely loved my internship, and I cannot think of one negative thing to say about it! The work was interesting and varied and my colleagues were so supportive and kind. It really gave me an insight into the work of a Rare Books department and the Bodleian more widely, and I got to see all the different facets of the work of a university library. It has definitely made me seriously consider ultimately pursuing a career in librarianship, and at the same time has given me a great boost for my CV. I would definitely recommend this internship to anyone who is considering a career in this sector, or who is just interested more generally in the work opportunities that are available in an academic or university setting.”

-Intern at Rare Books Department, Bodleian Libraries

Make a meaningful contribution

“It was a great feeling to have a fully complete project that I could go home and say I made a difference with.”

– Edward Beaver, Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust, Bangladesh

“To future interns, I would say you should apply for this if you’re passionate about access and outreach and think you would have some valuable experience and opinions to contribute: this is your chance to make your mark on those in University access policy, and to make connections you can draw on in the future.”

– Mia Liyanage, Oxplore, University of Oxford

Past interns' experiences

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 Moritz-Heyman 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


Past yearbooks

The interactive map, mentioned above, replaces our annual yearbooks and includes all the content of our 2016 and 2015 yearbooks – as well as students’ experiences in 2017 and 2018. If you want to look further back, however, they are archived below!

Find out more

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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This information was last updated on 09 October 2018.
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Recent blogs about About the Summer Internship Programme

Second round for applications to the Micro-Internship Programme for Research Staff opens Tuesday 23 April!

Blogged by Polly nuttgens on 17/04/2019.

We have a selection of great opportunities that are still available through this new pilot scheme so there is a second opportunity to find an internship that’s right for you between Tuesday 23 April and Monday 29 April at 12 noon. Available placements include opportunities with the Institute for Historical Justice, The Nasio Trust, Morgan Sports Law and Keen Oxford among others.

Click here to see the full list of opportunities and apply from Tuesday 23 April.

Micro-internships are 2-5 day voluntary work experience placements facilitated by the University of Oxford. This programme is especially for research staff at grade 6 or above, who are currently on a fixed term contract at Oxford or who finished their fixed term contract in the past 12 months.

To apply you will need to register with CareerConnect if you have not done so already. Once you have found a micro-internship you wish to apply for, just follow the link alongside the opportunity and you will be directed to the relevant application page. For full details of the scheme visit our
Micro-Internships for Research Staff webpage.

If you have any questions, please contact

Browse UK Summer Internships by Sector and Location

Blogged by Internship Office on 27/02/2019.

Are you looking for an exciting and interesting summer internship but not sure how to find it?

The Summer Internship Programme has a wide range of opportunities available exclusively for Oxford students, from education to consulting, museum curation to scientific research. Our UK internships are being advertised now on CareerConnect, with an application deadline of 11 March.

You can now browse the opportunities using our Sector and Location Lists.

Please note that further international and UK internships will be available through the programme in our late batch of applications from mid-March.

Please see our application support guide for ways to get help with your application, and don’t forget to stay up to date with the internship programmes by signing up to the Internship Office email alerts and visiting the Internship Office Facebook page.

Making the Most of Your Internship Workshop

Blogged by Internship Office on 27/02/2019.

Ever wondered how to make the most of an internship? The Internship Office has a workshop just for you!

We know that a number of you have internships coming up, so what better way to prepare for them than attending a workshop dedicated on making the most out of your time whilst there?

The Internship Office will be holding the Making the Most of Your Internship workshop on Wednesday 6 March, 12:30-13:30 at the Careers Service.

Through this workshop, we will explore ways in which you can maximise the opportunities on offer through your placement. Whilst this will be tailored towards those students undertaking Micro-internships, all students are welcome to attend. Spaces are limited, so secure your place here.

As ever, email to or visit the Micro-Internship Programme webpage if you have any questions.

Our second round of micro-internships is now LIVE!

Blogged by Internship Office on 13/02/2019.

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

Sign in to CareerConnect to view all the micro-internship placements available in 9th or 10th week. The deadline is midday, Monday 18 February.

Perhaps you were unsuccessful in your first-round applications, or perhaps you didn’t manage to apply at all. Either way, a selection of micro-internship placements are now available for you to apply. Placements take place in Week 9 or 10 of Hilary term. One application per student at this stage.

Still not heard back from an application submitted in first round?

All students will be updated over the next few days regarding their first round applications. If you are made an offer, remember you will have two days to accept or decline it once you have heard back from all applications. You can respond to an offer by emailing

Any questions?

For full programme information, please visit our Micro-Internship Programme webpage.. Email us at if you have any further questions.

Second round of micro-internships open next week, Monday 11 February!

Blogged by Internship Office on 06/02/2019.

For one week only, we are accepting applications for the second round of Micro-Internships.

Perhaps you were unsuccessful in your first-round applications, or perhaps you didn’t manage to apply at all. Either way, a selection of micro-internship placements will be available for you to apply on Monday 11 February, mid-day. One application per student at this stage.

Second round deadline – The application window is open for one week and will close Monday 18 February at mid-day.

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 Wednesday 13 February. However, if you wish, you can make one further application at any point during the second round.

Offers in first round – For those of you who applied in first round and have been made an offer, you have two days to accept or decline it once you have heard back from all first-round applications. You can respond to an offer by emailing

Visit the Micro-Internship Programme webpage for further information.

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