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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 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
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

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 19 July 2019.
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Recent blogs about About the Summer Internship Programme

Second round micro-internships now open for Trinity

Blogged by Callum Livermore on 30/05/2019.

We know that Trinity can be a busy time of year. So if you missed the first opportunity to apply for exclusive work experience this term, all is not lost! The Internship Office is excited to launch the second round of the Micro-Internship Programme (MIP). Want to end your year on a good note and add something a little extra to your CV? Read on…

What sort of work experience?

In brief, MIP placements last for 2-5 days in weeks 9 or 10 every term. The sectors and projects vary greatly, but they all allow you to get stuck in and be challenged in the world of work. Students can develop a wide skillset and gain insight into all sorts of organisations, as well as make some contacts for future. In the second round, we have opportunities including a Marketing & Communication Internship at the Story Museum; a Charity and Research Internship with the World Experience Exchange; a Finance Procedures Manual Micro-Intern with Kellogg College; a Business Development Internship with Generation Medics; Social Media Internship for Art Gallery Exhibition with the Guns & Rain Art Gallery and more.

Don’t delay any longer! We have created a handy list of all second round placements for browsing.

How do I apply?

Please visit our Micro-Internship Programme webpage for details of the process. Students can login to CareerConnect to view full vacancy information and apply. One application per student at this stage.

The deadline is midday, Monday 3 June. Although micro-internships are voluntary, host organisations must reimburse students with local travel and lunch expenses.

We wish you luck with your applications! If you have any questions, please email them to micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk

The second round for the Micro-Internship Programme goes live Monday!

Blogged by Callum Livermore on 22/05/2019.

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.

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 via CareerConnect on Monday 27 May. One application per student at this stage.

Second round deadline: The application window is open for one week and will close Monday 3 June at 12PM (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 Thursday 30 May. 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 micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Visit the Micro-Internship Programme webpage for further information.

Less than a week to apply for a Micro-Internship this Summer!

Blogged by Callum Livermore on 08/05/2019.

Less than one week left to apply for a micro-internship!

You can find a full list of opportunities here or by login in to CareerConnect.

We have over 130 opportunities on offer this term, including an Education Resource Micro-Internship with the Scotland Humanist Society in Edinburgh. Where you will assist thousands of pupils in Scottish schools to have a wider understanding of philosophical thought and non-religious views on moral and ethical issues by creating educational resources; a Strategy Analyst Micro-Intern at the National Trust, where you will work directly with their central Strategy Management Unit by researching and analysing trends related to domestic and international tourism and directly contribute to the development of their strategic plans; an International Human Rights and Policy Internship with the German Institute for Human Rights in Berlin where your work will encompass research, short summary reports, communications work and attending meetings and events during your week in Berlin’s political quarter, and many more.

How to apply and application guidance

Deadline: Monday 13 May, mid-day.

Upload your CV and a 300-word supporting statement on CareerConnect 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, do not hesitate to contact micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Micro-internship sector lists for Trinity term are now live

Blogged by Callum Livermore on 01/05/2019.

Get some work experience this summer with the Micro-Internship Programme

Applications for this term’s micro-internship opportunities are open, with placements in Week 9 (24-28 June) and Week 10 (1-5 July) of Trinity Term.

You can find a full list of opportunities on our sector list here or on CareerConnect. We have over 133 opportunities on offer this term, including an internship as an Anti-Doping Scientist at Morgan Sports Law; an Analyst Micro-Internship at BlondeMoney and even an International Human Rights and Policy Internship at the German Institute for Human Rights in Berlin. 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 12PM mid-day, Monday 13 May

Now launched: The Micro-Internship Programme in Trinity term

Blogged by Callum Livermore on 24/04/2019.

Looking for work experience this summer? Keen to do an internship but looking for something shorter? Or are you just eager to explore a new area and boost your CV?

Then the Micro-Internship Programme might be for you! This scheme offers 2-5 day work experience placements exclusive to matriculated Oxford students. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the many industries on offer, from consulting to heritage, from charities to visual arts. Micro-internships are voluntary work experiences, although hosts must reimburse local travel and lunch expenses on production of receipts.

Micro-internships take place in either Week 9 (24-28 June) or Week 10 (1-5 July), and all placements are now live – check CareerConnect for all opportunities and to apply. Keep an eye out next week for our sector and location lists. The deadline for applications is 12PM mid-day, Monday 13 May.

The Internship Office offers help through our Application Support Sessions, which begin this week – all details and bookings are on CareerConnect. Please also see our Employer Feedback on Student Micro-Internship Applications for advice from our hosts.

If you have any questions about the programme, please email Callum Livermore at micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

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