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.


The Summer Internship Programme offers both remote internships (which can be undertaken from any location) and in-person internships (which are undertaken at the employer’s premises). These arrangements are considered carefully according to the circumstances surrounding each placement. For in-person internships, it is essential that interns regularly check the Foreign Office website, as well as local guidance on covid-19 restrictions to ensure the internship can be undertaken.

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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 professional skills

I loved this internship. I have learned a lot about customer service, the systems used by 2Degrees, and most of all, about sustainability and how it can be improved across supply chains. This last part in particular is exactly what I wanted to learn, and I feel very lucky to have had access to this learning experience even though my degree does not focus directly on sustainability.

Camille Gosset, MPhil Development Studies, Intern at 2 Degrees (remote working)

It was amazing to live and work at a castle. I experienced the full scope of the castle’s activities, and developed useful skills for my career. In particular, I enjoyed graphic design tasks, which I had never done before. It was very rewarding when my designs were implemented. The independent nature of the internship and opportunity to pitch my own ideas developed my ability to take initiative, which will serve me well for any future workplace. The people who worked at the castle were always friendly and welcoming, and I really enjoyed the time we spent together.

Lara Garrett, Final year undergraduate, BA History, Castle Blatna (Czech Republic)

 Gain insight into a new industry sector

I’m not exaggerating to say that I enjoyed every minute of my internship. I wanted to gain experience in a startup - I felt that the dynamic environment would suit my skillset and personality, allow me to take on responsibility, and gain an insight into a broad range of functions. I had a wonderful time, learned a lot from very experienced professionals and, thus, made a big step towards my career ambitions.

Lusya Manukyan,  BA Biological Sciences, Final year undergraduate, Deep Planet (remote working)

I very much enjoyed the experience. It was a great learning opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the UN system and to explore various aspects of UN Volunteers' work. The experience reaffirmed my desire to go into humanitarian work and international development. I would absolutely recommend this internship to anyone interested.

Third Year Undergraduate, BA PPE, UN Volunteers Regional Office for the Arab States

Experience a new culture

I found the organisation very inspiring and this is just the sort of work I would like to do after graduating. I gained so much in terms of learning about Bangladesh's culture and how legal aid organisation's actually function in the real world. I would recommend this internship to anyone interested in law and human rights.

Freya Mason, Second Year Undergraduate, BA Jurisprudence, Bangladesh Legal Aid Services Trust 

Develop your professional network

This internship was a fantastic opportunity and has given me insight into an industry that in many ways I previously thought was inaccessible to someone like myself, without the resources to do unpaid internships or take time off work to write and create. The team was supportive, professional, and encouraging, and I finished the internship feeling as though I had gained an incredibly valuable contact within the industry, who was interested in supporting my own goals and aims. The internship was an incredibly rewarding experience, in which I felt I made a genuine contribution towards the company's projects, as well as receiving invaluable feedback and support.

Ayesha Purcell, MPhil Classical Archaeology, Storymix (remote working)

Make a genuine impact

This was definitely one of the most enjoyable internship experiences I have had. TheHill had a wonderful culture and environment. Everyone was extremely friendly and supportive. I really appreciated the amount of freedom and responsibility that I was given throughout the internship. I very much felt in charge of the project and that I was having an influential impact on the outputs. The experience has definitely confirmed my career ambitions to work in the health and care sectors, and has enabled me to understand specifically what areas I might be more interested in. MPhil Medical Anthropology, TheHill (remote internship)

Gain valuable experience while working remotely

I absolutely loved the internship. My expectations of a remote opportunity like this were quite low, but it was managed so well. The way that time could be split between smaller and larger groups, as well as some time listening to guest speakers and training sessions, made the day varied enough to avoid it feeling monotonous. The experience confirmed that I would like to work in some kind of area involved in tackling injustices like poverty and inequality. It made me believe I could do this even though I haven't really studied the area before.

Joel Fraser, BA English and French, University Impact (remote working)

 

The Summer Internship Programme experience

Reading feedback from previous interns gives you a great idea of what you might be doing on the programme. Many of the internships will be offered by the same organisations next year.

Read feedback from our 2020 Oxford summer interns

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 are our 2020 winners

We are inviting all University of Oxford students who take part in internships facilitated or funded through the Internship Office in the 2020-2021 academic year to submit original and interesting photos that best represent their internship experience, accompanied by a short description. Please see details on how to enter.

More information and advice about applying for opportunities on the Summer Internship Programme is available on our webpages:

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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
 

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