Applying to the Micro-Internship Programme

Key dates for the Micro-Internship Programme 2023-2024

Application period

Advertising date

Application deadline

Placement weeks

Winter Cycle


6 October 2023

25 October 2023

4-8 December 2023 or

11-15 December 2023

Spring Cycle


11 January 2024

28 January 2024

11-15 March 2024 or

18-22 March 2024

Summer Cycle 


16 April 2024

6 May 2024

17-21 June 2024 or

24-28 June 2024

Finding micro-internships

Details of all The Micro-Internship Programme opportunities will be advertised on CareerConnect during the application period. 

All applications must be made through CareerConnect.


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Each cycle of the Programme is open to all matriculated students (undergraduate and postgraduate). You can apply for a maximum of two micro-internships in the first round of each cycle and you can apply for a maximum of one micro-internship in the second round of each cycle.  

Please note: Any additional applications made outside the maximum will not be considered and will be withdrawn. 

You will be required to submit the following as part of your application:

  1. A one-page Curriculum Vitae - This should be saved as Student Name – Employer name (CV) in PDF format. For guidance on CV writing, please see our page on page on How to Draft a Standard CV
  2. A 300-word Personal Statement - Here you should outline your suitability for the internship. For guidance on writing your personal statement please see our page on How to Write Cover Letters.

Confirmation of submission - On submission of your application you should receive an automatic confirmation email from CareerConnect. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that your application has been submitted successfully. If you do not receive a confirmation of submission within one working day, please contact

The Internship Office aims to make opportunities equally available to all current, matriculated Oxford students, regardless of race, gender or degree of disability. This policy is in accordance with the Careers Service mission statement, and the University’s Integrated Equal Opportunities Policy. To discuss any confidential issue relating to any additional needs you may have, please email

Q: I previously completed a micro-internship with an employer, can I apply to/undertake the same placement as part of the Micro-Internship Programme again?

No. Students are unable to undertake or apply for the same micro-internship with an employer – even if the micro-internship takes place in a different term or academic year.  

Q: Can I apply to/undertake a micro-internship with an employer who has hosted me as a micro-intern previously, if the project is different?  

Yes, but only if the project is different to the micro-internship you completed with them previously. 

Throughout the application period the Internship Office holds one-to-one Application Support Sessions.

During these sessions we can discuss your placement goals, clarify any questions you have about the programme, or provide feedback on CVs and supporting statements.

In addition, the Internship Office runs regular workshops that cover what the Micro-Internship Programme is, what to include in your application and Making the most of your internship.

Both the application support sessions and workshops can be signed up to on CareerConnect during the application period.

Processing applications

  • Your application will be considered by the host organisation after the closing date. The selection process takes approximately two weeks. 
  • The host will inform the Micro Internship Team of their selections and the Micro Internship team will communicate the outcome to the students. 
  • Please note that some hosts like to undertake interviews. Many of our hosts may make their selection based on your application alone. Should your host wish to interview you, they will arrange the interview time and interview location with you directly.

If your application is successful

You will receive an email from making you a placement offer if your application has been successful. Before accepting an offer you should think carefully about whether you are able to commit fully to the placement. You should only accept the placement if you are available during the placement dates and if you fully intend to complete the internship.

Please note you are only allowed to accept one micro-internship offer per cycle. If you accept a first round offer you will not be eligible to make a second round application. Once an offer has been accepted, we will then connect students with their host via email so arrangements can be made prior to the placement week.

If your application is not successful

You can check the status of your application on CareerConnect. If you are not made an offer, this will be recorded as 'unsuccessful'. Please check CareerConnect frequently. Unfortunately, the host will not be able to provide you with feedback on your application. However, you can book in an advice appointment with a Careers Adviser to review your application and receive further guidance. If we run a second round during that cycle, you are free to apply to another micro-internship. Alternatively, you can consider applying again in a future cycle.

In applying for an internship through the Micro-Internship Programme you agree to the following roles and responsibilities. Please read through the list below carefully.

This list is a mandatory component of the programme and the online application form; you will be unable to submit an application or take part in the programme unless you agree to the below. 

By applying to and participating in the Oxford University Micro-Internship Programme, I agree: 

  • Satisfy myself that the internship is suitable for my needs in terms of content and environment.  

  • Take responsibility for checking the internship's viability, including local guidance, to ensure it can be undertaken.   

  • Communicate regularly with the assigned point of contact within the host organisation. 

  • Advise the Internship Office on if any difficulties arise before or during an internship that may affect my ability to complete the placement.  

  • Provide feedback to Oxford University at the end of the internship. 

  • My Personal Data being transferred to the internship host for the purpose of assessing my application. I also accept that my data may be processed by the internship host in a country outside the UK's GDPR adequacy regulations. 

  • Under no circumstances accept an internship that I do not fully intend to complete. (Students who are in doubt as to whether to accept an internship offer should seek advice from the Internship Office or a Careers Adviser).  

  • Apply for a maximum of two micro-internships in the first round of a Micro-Internship cycle. Apply for a maximum of one application in the second round of a Micro-Internship cycle.  

  • Please note that you can accept only one Micro-Internship placement per term from either the first round or the second round of a cycle (not one from each) and the micro internship cannot exceed 1 week.  

  • Make travel arrangements and, where necessary, find suitable accommodation for the duration of the internship.  

  • Contribute to the internship in a professional manner.  

  • Act as an ambassador for the University of Oxford. To be aware that my personal conduct both on placement and outside of work will reflect upon myself and the university.  

  •  Communicate regularly with the assigned point of contact within the host organisation. 

  • Advise the Internship Office on if any difficulties arise before or during an internship that may affect my ability to complete the placement.  

  • Provide feedback to Oxford University at the end of the internship

I understand that: 

  •  this is a voluntary micro-internship, and that it is my responsibility to ensure the internship is financially viable for me (employers are only expected to contribute to travel expenses within the city inclusive of bus journeys between London and Oxford and lunch expenses on submission of receipts). 
  • Should the placement be completed remotely, it is not anticipated that the micro-intern will incur any local travel or lunch expenses and so reimbursement will not be required. 

  • Support is available from the Careers Service, should I wish to declare a physical or mental disability or any health issues that I feel may impact my internship. Further, that while the Careers Service can communicate disability-related needs to the internship provider on my behalf, the University is not responsible for the steps, if any, taken by the host organisation in response to that information and cannot advise on the extent of the host organisation’s obligation, if any, to make reasonable adjustments. 

  • The University is not responsible in any way for the acts and/or omissions of the host organisation or any other aspect of my internship experience. 

I confirm that:

  • the information provided in this application is to the best of my knowledge, accurate and true, and I understand that inaccurate or untruthful information may compromise my application and/or terms of agreement of the internship and/or lead to the offer of the internship being withdrawn. 


If you have any further questions, please contact us! You can email the team at 

To keep updated with the launch of vacancies and deadlines for the submission of applications, make sure you follow the Careers Service blog, sign up to our Internship Alerts mailing list, and follow the Internship Office on Facebook.


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