About the Crankstart Internship Programme

You can receive advice and guidance through the programme at any time with a view to undertaking a work placement in one of your vacations.

What we offer

The Crankstart Internship Programme is facilitated by the Internship Office. The features of the Programme include:

  • Exclusive internships just for Crankstart ScholarsA weekly bulletin highlighting internships and career opportunities as well as events of interest/available to Scholars

  • Unlimited one-to-one CV & Internship Advice Sessions, with dedicated Crankstart Programme staff
  • Access to funds to support unpaid/poorly paid work experience and research placements
  • A Careers Mentoring Programme for Crankstart Scholars interested in having a mentor in a profession of their interest. See our information on the Crankstart Careers Mentoring Programme
  • The Crankstart Career Development Programme which supports Scholars to generate their career ideas and job-search strategy.

If you have any questions about the Programme and/or any of its features, please email crankstart-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

The Crankstart 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.

If you are an employer interested in offering an internship to Crankstart Scholars or other students at Oxford, please see our Information for Employers.

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Crankstart exclusive internships

We offer over 200 internships each academic year in a variety of sectors exclusively to Crankstart Scholars, taking place in the winter, spring and summer vacations. Employers who have participated include The Institute of Cancer Research, The Institute for Public Policy Research, The World Resource Institute, Publishers Association and Justice.

Crankstart Exclusive Internships are advertised on a rolling basis via the Crankstart Internship Programme bulletins, which are sent to all Scholars approximately once a week during term-time.

Help finding your own internship

We can help Crankstart Scholars find work experience corresponding to your skills and interests. This can be in any sector and for any duration, from a week’s work-shadowing to a three-month internship over the summer. Your placement can take place in the UK or abroad. We will assist you in identifying a suitable host organisation.

Getting ideas

The first part of this process is to identify the type of placement you would like to undertake. To start your research you can:

  • Book a one-to-one Crankstart CV & Internship Appointment via CareerConnect. These are 30 minute sessions dedicated to internship support (more information below)
  • Book an appointment to see a Careers Adviser for sector-specific advice. Our careers advisers offer objective, confidential careers guidance based on your individual needs.  They can also check CVs and cover letters. Please let them know you are a Crankstart Scholar so that you can be fast-tracked if needed.
  • Look at different sectors to see what you might be interested in.
  • Keep an eye on the Crankstart Internship Bulletin for offers of exclusive internships for scholars, as well as other careers opportunities and ideas.
  • Browse  the Summer Internship Programme  listings on CareerConnect for ideas (open from Hilary term).
  • Explore the Micro-Internship Programme, which offers short work placements in 9th Week of every term.
  • Search for an internship on our vacancy database CareerConnect, where you will find vacancies and internship programmes from national and international recruiters.

Following an internship

On completion of an internship found through the Crankstart Internship Programme, you are committed to providing feedback on your experiences. This will comprise of a feedback form which is emailed out after the finish date. Considerable value is placed on the feedback as it helps to develop and improve the programme. If you have any queries please contact us: crankstart-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

The Internship Office

As part of the Crankstart Internship Programme, we have a dedicated Crankstart Team in the Internship Office who can answer any queries you have about the programme or the Internship Office. We are happy to offer guidance and answer questions from making an application to reflecting on what you have gained from the experience. We can also answer questions on funding for internships, or booking a one to one session. The best way to do this is to email us at crankstart-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk


Crankstart Scholars have unlimited access to internship and CV advice support from Dr Fiona Whitehouse, Head of the Internship Office or with a dedicated Careers Adviser. 30-minute sessions are run throughout the week for Crankstart Scholars at the Careers Service. In these sessions you can receive advice on anything internships related; whether you have an idea of the area you are interested in and would like to know your options with internships, or you have a clear idea of an internship and would like support with your application and CV. Appointments can be arranged by booking on CareerConnect.

Scholars seeking more general careers advice/sector-specific advice can also book to see a Careers Adviser, again via CareerConnect.


As a Crankstart Scholar you can apply for funding to support your work placement. The awards vary from £50 to £2,500 depending on the location of the internship, the remuneration and living arrangements. Although there is no limit to the number of internship bursaries you can apply for through the Crankstart Internship Programme, priority is given to Scholars who are making a first request for financial support. 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 third-party internship recruitment organisations.

To apply for a Crankstart Internship Bursary please read carefully and fully complete the Crankstart Internship Bursary form and send it to the Crankstart Internship and Careers Mentoring Team at crankstart-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

The deadline to apply for a Crankstart Internship Bursary for the 2022-23 academic year is Wednesday, 5 July 2023. It is important that you check the application requirements carefully on the first section of the form.

We are occasionally asked if an internship can be counted as volunteering. The short answer to this question is ‘no’. An unpaid internship, particularly if it is supported by a Crankstart Internship bursary, cannot be included in your volunteering hours. Please read the Crankstart - Volunteering FAQs for further information.

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