The Crankstart Internship Programme - Employer Information

The Crankstart Internship Programme provides additional funding, opportunities to take part in volunteering activities, and the opportunity to access internships during the winter, spring and summer vacations, through dedicated support from the Internship Office.

Holders of the Crankstart Scholarship are encouraged to gain work experience during their time at Oxford, and funding and support are available to help them do so. The Crankstart Internship Programme has been established to enable the scholars to take advantage of this opportunity by undertaking internships or work shadowing placements with a variety of organisations offering internships exclusively to these students.

In the academic year of 2020-21 over 150 internships were advertised to Crankstart Scholars with employers such as The Institute for Public Policy Research, Innovia Technology, The Eden Project, Publishers Association and The Heritage Alliance.

Internships can take place in the winter and spring vacations (for up to 3 weeks) and the summer vacation (for 1 – 12 weeks).

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.

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Offering an internship to a Crankstart Scholar is a great way to help the career development of widening participation students, who have a keen interest in working in your sector. The Internship Office’s dedicated team will also work closely with the students in order to understand their needs, skills and interests. We will also be on hand to deal with any issues that may arise during the course of the internship and we will provide financial support to some scholars to help subsidise their costs.

If you might be interested in working with these students, or would like to discuss the programme further please email

Employers can participate in the Crankstart Internship Programme by offering an exclusive internship. Scholars study a wide range of degree subjects and are very engaged with the idea of undertaking internships during any of the vacation periods. Exclusive placements offered to Scholars might attract anything between two and twenty applications depending on the project, duration and location. Employers offer a diverse range of professional and research experiences, however all internships must meet the following criteria:

  • The internships must only be for Crankstart Scholars who apply through the programme. You may advertise similar internships elsewhere, but internship positions entered into the programme should be set aside for Crankstart Scholars specifically and applications should not be assessed against applications from outside this programme (please note: you are not obliged to select a candidate if none are suitable).
  • The internships offered should comprise full-time work for 1 – 12 weeks (no more than 8 weeks for non-finalists) over the summer months (from the end of June to the end of September) or up to 3 weeks over the Christmas (December-January) or Easter break (March-April).
  • Internships should involve a meaningful work project with adequate supervision from a mentor appointed within the organisation.
  • All for-profit organisations are expected to pay minimum wage or above.
  • We ask that not-for-profit organisations make a contribution towards the cost of internship placements, for example free accommodation and meals.

You can advertise a Crankstart Internship as follows:

  1. All organisations should register on CareerConnect, our online vacancy system. Please see our CareerConnect guide to posting a Crankstart internship for an overview of the registration process and how to post an internship opportunity. For key dates please see our programme overview.
  2. If you are a new employer, the Internship Office Team will arrange a call with you to discuss the internship and answer any questions you may have.
  3. The internship advertisement will be released to students and you will be advised of the closing date. Usually we allow 4 weeks for the advertisement and application period, although this is flexible.
  4. Students will view the advertisement and upload their application documents. The Internship Office will respond to students’ queries on your behalf.
  5. After the closing date, we will send you the applications for consideration. We ask that you reject, shortlist and interview applicants directly.
  6. Use CareerConnect to advise us of your chosen intern/s.

If you have any questions about the Crankstart Internship Programme, please email

The host organisation has the following responsibilities:

  • Provide an accurate and reasonably detailed description of the internship project(s) offered and the duties associated with it (them), including an overview of the skills required by the ideal candidate(s)
  • Select intern(s) from the pool of applicants who apply through the programme.  Telephone (or face-to-face) interviews should be conducted, and direct contact established with potential interns. Reasonable travel expenses must be provided for face-to-face interviews.
  • Provide the internship project as described (or an appropriate alternative project subject to prior discussion with the University and the student(s))
  • Provide intern(s) with an appropriate work-space and equipment necessary to carry out the internship project work
  • Designate a point of contact within the organisation, who will discuss practical arrangements with the intern before their arrival, supervise the intern(s), and act as the primary contact for communications with the University of Oxford
  • Provide the intern(s) with a stipend and/or other assistance (for example, accommodation), as agreed with the Internship Office prior to the start of the internship
  • Comply with UK health and safety legislation in relation to the internship(s)
  • Provide assurance that your organisation’s insurance will cover potential liability that may arise from the internship(s)
  • Provide feedback to the University of Oxford by evaluating the intern(s) at the end of the placement.
  • Make any necessary and reasonable adjustments to accommodate interns in the case of disability or additional needs, in accordance with the the Equality Act 2010 and the University of Oxford Equality Policy.

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