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Overview

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 4-12 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

“Coming here was absolutely the best way to spend my summer. I’ve learned a lot and confirmed my suspicions that curating is the best job in the world! It’s been an incredible experience and I’m so thankful for the opportunity”

– Gemma Sykes, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-Upon-Avon

“The internship at Tradewind Books has helped me understand the publishing industry and gave me the necessary experience to be confident I could get a job in publishing in the future. I liked working in the field and am seriously considering it as my career path. I cannot stress enough how important it is to be exposed to an industry before one decides to pursue a career in it, and how much it helps to clear one’s mind about such a decision”

– Olga Lenczewska, Tradewind Books, Vancouver, Canada

Try out a new location

I had an amazing time on my internship and was very sorry to leave. I loved China, it’s a spectacular country with so much to see and do. I’ll always remember Nanjian county’s breath taking natural beauty and the friendliness of its inhabitants. I would love to go and work in China again”

– Martin Edwards, Tsinghua University Rural Programme, Beijing, China

Develop your career goals

“It’s hard not to be over-enthusiastic in describing how incredible an experience this has been thus far, and how sad I will be for it to end. I spent a lot of my childhood living in Zimbabwe, and coming to Uganda has been like coming home but with the added satisfaction of being able to use skills that are hopefully making a difference. My desire to apply my legal education in a development related context are certainly confirmed, as is my desire to apply for postgraduate study that looks into human rights law”

– Rose Worster, African Prisons Project, Uganda

Get a job

“This internship has been a very useful experience for me, as it was my first attempt working in a laboratory that specialised in DNA synthesis. Being a very small company, I was able to work closely with all members of the company and everyone was very welcoming from the beginning. I enjoyed the laboratory work very much, and I was very pleased to be offered a full-time role after a few weeks”

– Haewon Song, ATDBio, Oxford

Meet new people and visit new places

I thought that the internship was incredible. It enabled me to learn and develop my knowledge of climate science, as well as providing a rich cultural experience in a country I had not previously travelled to. I would love to return to visit the people I have met and to practise my Portuguese!”

– Charlotte Dormon, National Institute for Space Research, Brazil

Make a meaningful contribution

“My time at Muktangan has been incredible: I couldn’t have asked for a better internship. I was able to carry out projects that mattered to me, whilst making a contribution to the organisation, and I was supported on each and every step of the way whilst doing it. Before I went to Muktangan, I thought that I would like to work within the education sector, with a particular focus on international education. My time in Mumbai has further strengthened my resolve to realise this ambition, as well as making me think that I might like to return to India for work in the future”

– Jack Noble, Muktangan (Paragon Charitable Trust), India

Past interns' experiences

The Summer Internship Programme experience

Our new interactive map lets you explore all the internships from the last three years, 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. 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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Contact us

internships@careers.ox.ac.uk
01865 274 646

The Internship Office

The Careers Service
University of Oxford
56 Banbury Road
Oxford
OX2 6PA

This information was last updated on 01 August 2018.
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Recent blogs about About the Summer Internship Programme

Some fantastic work from Oxford micro-interns

Blogged by Rosanna Mills on 11/06/2018.

If you’re curious to find out what some of our interns get up to on our programmes, then read on!

Last term, through the Micro-Internship Programme, we had a few students completing work experience at Undergraduate Admissions & Outreach at Oxford University and also the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene. Two students at Undergraduate Admissions were tasked with creating an Oxplore – the Home of Big Questions – live stream, and their topic was ‘Should you believe the history books?’. As you can imagine, this big question opens up a whole host of conversations, and you can hear the thoughts and discussion of three academics in this video.

Through their micro-internship at the RSTMH, one student has had a blog published entitled ‘Malaria: a reflection from the past, a gaze into the future’. The blog focuses on the RSTMH malaria-related journal articles to mark World Malaria Day. This fascinating read looks at anti-malarial drug resistance, malaria and pregnancy, and more.

Thanks to these students for their brilliant work! If you’ve participated in our internship programmes recently and would like to share anything with us, we’d love to hear! Just email us at internships@careers.ox.ac.uk

Upcoming workshop: Making the Most of Your Internship/Micro-Internship

Blogged by Rosanna Mills on 06/06/2018.
  • When: Tuesday 12 June, 14.30-16.00
  • Where: The Careers Service

There’s a lot to be thinking about before you embark on an internship, whether it’s 3 days or 3 months. The Internship Office is here to help. Join us on Tuesday 12 June to explore what you can do before, during, and after an internship to maximise your opportunities. We’ll also look at making a good first impression, commercial awareness, networking, and a previous summer intern will share their tips and experiences with you. The main workshop will finish at 15.30. For the last half hour, we’ll particularly focus on undertaking an international internship and how to prepare, open to any students who wish to stay.

This event is aimed at those preparing for a summer or micro-internship, but is open to all students, regardless of whether you have a planned internship or are just thinking about one. Book your place here on CareerConnect. If you have any questions or access requirements, please email us at internships@careers.ox.ac.uk

We look forward to welcoming you!

Making the Most of Your Internship Workshop

Blogged by Rosanna Mills on 30/05/2018.

When: Tuesday 12 June, 14:30–16:00
Where: The Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road

Embarking on a summer internship or micro-internship this vacation? During our Making the Most of Your Internship/Micro-Internship workshop we’ll be looking at the steps you can take before, during and after an internship: from preparation, to making an impact and impressing your employer, to evaluating your experience and plans for development afterwards. Plus, there’ll be a chance to hear from a past intern about their experiences, as well as from a Careers Adviser about commercial awareness: what is it, how does it affect you, and what can you do to be ‘aware’?

The main workshop will finish at 15:30. For the last half an hour we will invite those undertaking an international internship to stay for a discussion on how to prepare for going abroad, adapting and getting the most from a different culture, and other advice!

This event is open to all students, whether you have planned an internship or just thinking about one. Registration is open on CareerConnect and is on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any queries, please email internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Third round micro-internships are now live!

Blogged by Rosanna Mills on 23/05/2018.

We have a new date for your diary! The Internship Office has now opened the third round of micro-internships for applications, and the deadline is midday, Monday 28 May.

What are you up to this summer? Making plans for the long vacation can be pretty fun, and the Internship Office has a few suggestions to help you on your way to developing career ideas and getting some valuable experience on your CV. This is the last chance to apply for micro-internships this Trinity, so don’t miss out – it’s a great way to see an organisation from the inside out, meet industry professionals, and most of all, challenge yourself and do something different.

Intern for 2-5 days in Oxford, London, Bristol or Hertfordshire in week 9 or 10 this term. There are placements delving into social media for a start-up; engineering software with a world-class development team; designing experiments alongside a ‘Head of Explosions’; and more. Simply login to CareerConnect to view and apply to all third round opportunities! For this late round, students are permitted to make one additional application – so if you have already made two applications this term, you are able to submit a third.

On Thursday 24 May, we have Application Support Sessions running between 11:30 and 13:00, bookable on CareerConnect. For extra help from host organisations themselves, you can see our Employer Feedback on Student Micro-Internship Applications.

To find out more about the programme, please visit our Micro-Internship Programme webpage. Questions? Please email them to micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk

Travel grants for overseas research – Churchill Fellowships 2019

Blogged by Abby Evans on 22/05/2018.

Churchill Fellowships offer a travel grant to spend up to 2 months overseas researching innovative practice on a topic of your choice, followed by further support and funding to disseminate your findings.

In awarding the 150 fellowships each year the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust seeks ideas that can provide public benefit in the UK, whether to a community, a sector or the country as a whole and could not be researched in the UK and therefore require overseas travel.

Candidates must be UK citizens with a British passport at the time of application, and aged 18 or above. Applications are open now and close on 18 September 2018 for travel in 2019.

 

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