About the Internship Office

We run a range of highly successful internship programmes, learning and development experiences and mentoring opportunities to support Oxford students in securing work experience. They happen throughout the year and are based in the UK and across the globe.

The Internship Office’s key programmes are:

Internships and learning and development opportunities can take place working remotely, or in-person at the host employer's premises. These arrangements are considered carefully according to the circumstances surrounding each placement.

If you are an employer and would like to offer an internship on any of our programmes, please see our Hire an Oxford Intern page.

The Summer Internship Programme

The Summer Internship Programme provides access to hundreds of funded summer internship opportunities. These are offered by our international alumni, by multi-national corporations, by world-leading NGOs, by cutting-edge research institutions and many other organisations. All are exclusively available to Oxford University students.

Each year students undertake internships offered in over 35 countries and gain valuable work experience while travelling and undertaking interesting internship projects. The Summer Internship Programme also gives students the chance to explore work experience options in a variety of sectors in the UK.

The programme is open to all current Oxford University students, undergraduates and postgraduates, including those in their final year of study. Please note that visiting students are not eligible to apply.

Internships take place in the long vacation (between June and September), are 2-12 weeks in duration and are advertised from the beginning of Hilary term each year.

The Micro-Internship Programme

The Micro-Internship Programme provides students with convenient, short-term learning and development opportunities based in the UK and beyond. The programme offers a large volume of placements across a full range of sectors, taking place in each vacation period at the end of every Oxford term. (Find term dates on the Oxford University website).

  • Micro-internships are voluntary, full time work experiences lasting between two and five days
  • Interns can be presented with work shadowing experience and/or a project (or a set of closely interrelated projects) that they will be assisting with and observing
  • They are unpaid if the intern works remotely. For in-person placements, travel and lunch expenses are covered by the host organisation on production of receipts 

Placements can be research-based or professional and in a range of sectors, including think tanks, international development, consultancy, start-ups, charities, arts and heritage, or within the University (colleges, faculties and departments). Many of the projects interns assist with combine skills and experience from numerous sectors, such as consultancy or marketing in service of charities and not-for-profits.

Each placement provides an excellent snapshot into the workings of the organisation and its sector, as well as valuable transferable experience for your CV.

The Crankstart Internship and Careers Mentoring Programmes

Crankstart Scholars are encouraged to gain work experience during their time at Oxford, and funding and support are available to help them do so. Crankstart Scholars can receive advice and guidance at any time with a view to undertaking a work placement in one of the vacations. Scholars can also apply to be a part of the Crankstart Careers Mentoring Programme, which matches selected scholars with industry professionals in their area of choice. The Crankstart Programmes include:

  • Exclusive internship opportunities for Crankstart Scholars across all sectors, both internationally and in the UK
  • Internships taking place in the Christmas and Easter vacations (for up to 3 weeks) and the summer vacation (for up to 12 weeks)
  • Individual CV & Internship Advice sessions offering support to students to help them find an internship corresponding to their skills and interests
  • Exclusive careers workshops introducing sectors and providing application and interview support
  • Access to exclusive internship funding

This programme is only open to Crankstart Scholars.

The Promentor Programme

The Promentor Programme is an Alumni Mentoring Programme which matches selected Oxford students with Oxford alumni in order to develop a mentoring partnership. First year bursary-holding students are invited to apply, with 10 students being selected as mentees each year. Following a matching process, mentees are introduced to 3 mentors, who they have access to throughout their time as an undergraduate at Oxford. Meetings between mentees and mentors take place at least once a term. The programme lasts for the duration of your undergraduate degree.

Selected mentees also have access to:

  • Funding, specifically for work or research experiences, such as internships
  • A mid-point and end-point review with fellow mentees
  • A newsletter alerting to internship opportunities offered by the Internship Office

Internships for HSBC, Galactic Unite, D. H. Chen Foundation and Carpenters’ scholars

If you are an HSBC, Galactic Unite, D. H. Chen Foundation or Carpenters’ scholar you are encouraged to gain work experience during your time at Oxford, and you can apply for funding to support your internship.  The awards vary from £200 to £2,500 depending on the location of the internship, the remuneration and living arrangements.  As an HSBC or Galactic Unite scholar, there is no limit to the number of internship bursaries you can apply for, however, you may not exceed the maximum contribution of £2,500 overall.  As a D. H. Chen scholar you are limited to one internship bursary during your time at Oxford University. However, should you wish to split the internship award across multiple years, please send your enquiry to funding@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Please note that we will confirm your placement with the host organisation before a bursary is paid out.

Be aware that funding will not be allocated for fee-charging internship schemes, or those organised by a third-party internship recruitment company.

To apply for funding, please email your internship bursary form to Stacey Phillington, Finance Officer, at funding@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Like all students, you can also receive advice and guidance from the Careers Service at any time. Discuss undertaking an internship in one of your vacations by booking an appointment to see a Careers Adviser. Our Careers Advisers offer free, impartial, confidential careers guidance based on your individual needs.  They will also check CVs and cover letters.

Join our Internships Alert mailing list

You can join our mailing list in order to receive information and updates about our internship programmes and their opportunities. Sign up through the Internship Office newsletter webform.

Please see the Careers Service and Internship Office Privacy notice for details on how your personal data is stored and used.

The Careers Service news pages and newsletter

You can also keep updated with our programmes by keeping an eye on the Careers Service News page. Relevant posts can be accessed by clicking on the Related News tab at the top of Internship Office web pages.

The weekly Careers Service newsletter also highlights any important news about our office featured on the blog.

Like the Internship Office Facebook page

We regularly post news about the Internship Programme on our dedicated Facebook page, so please “like” the page to stay up to date!

The Internship Office Photo Competition

Each year, we invite all University of Oxford students who take part in internships facilitated or funded through the Internship Office to submit original and interesting photos that best represent their internship experience.

See the full details of the 2021 Internship Office Photo Competition in our blog post. Below are two of the 2020 winners.

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