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 Christmas, Easter 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 2018-19, over 100 internships were offered to Crankstart Scholars with employers such as Deutsche Bank, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe, CERN and Visa.

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

The Internship Office is advertising both remote internships (which can be undertaken from any location) and in-person internships (which are undertaken at the employer’s premises). While there are currently significant travel restrictions around the world we are hopeful that some of these might start easing by the summer. However, in-person internships can only go ahead if all relevant restrictions have been lifted. 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. This is particularly important if you have applied for, or accepted, an internship outside of your country of residency. While we are currently facilitating internships in all countries, we may, in due course, have to formally withdraw internships from the programme if the location in which they are due to be undertaken continue to pose significant health and travel risks.

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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 should only be for Crankstart Scholars who apply through the programme. You may advertise similar internships elsewhere, but those entered into the programme should be set aside for Crankstart Scholars specifically (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 telephone 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 packet of 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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