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Overview

Details of all opportunities on The Summer Internship Programme are available on CareerConnect, through which all applications to the scheme must be made.

You can apply for:

  • 3 international internship placements
  • 2 UK internship placements
  • any number of ‘late’ internship placements that are added to CareerConnect after those dates.
Finding an internship

All internships available through The Summer Internship Programme are advertised on CareerConnect.

Once logged into CareerConnect, go to Search & Apply under the Internship Office and Skills Programmes tab, and then select The Summer Internship Programme from the Programme drop-down on the Refine search toolbar (on the left side of the page) in order to identify and view all opportunities currently available through The Summer Internship Programme.

See our comprehensive Guide to CareerConnect for information on searching and applying for Summer Internship Programme placements.

Selected internships that appear on CareerConnect are also advertised via our ‘Internships Alerts‘ mailing list, on our Facebook page, in the weekly Careers Service e-newsletter, and on the Careers Service blog.

Making an application

There is lots of support available from the Internship Office and Careers Service to help you with your application, which you can find out more about in our Application Support document.

Applications open in Hilary Term of each year.

You can apply for:

  • 3 international internship placements
  • 2 UK internship placements
  • any number of ‘late’ internship placements that are added to CareerConnect after the initial deadline dates.

How to apply

Click Apply Now on the vacancy page of your chosen internship on CareerConnect. You will then be required to:

1. Upload a one-page Curriculum Vitae

This should be saved as surname_firstname(cv) in PDF format. We require that you submit a one-page CV.

Please be aware that if your CV runs over to two pages, only the first page will be sent with your application. Please do not include a photo on your CV. Make sure you keep a copy of the CV you submit.

2. Fill in the online Application Form

This includes a 600 word personal statement, in which you should outline your suitability for the internship in question. It is a good idea to save a copy of your personal statement elsewhere, in case there are any problems uploading your application. For guidance on writing your personal statement please see our page on How to Write Cover Letters.

3. Confirmation of submission

If your application has been uploaded correctly you should receive an automatic confirmation email from CareerConnect, and your application will appear on your CareerConnect dashboard. Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure that your application has been submitted successfully. The Internship Office is unable to accept applications via email, so please ensure that you upload your application in good time in advance of the deadline! If you are repeatedly encountering issues uploading your application, or if you do not receive a CareerConnect email notification within 24 hours of submitting your application, please email internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Points to note

  • You will need to follow the above process for each internship opportunity featured on CareerConnect that you wish to apply for.
  • Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered
  • Do not submit any extra paperwork unless it is specifically requested by the employer.
  • A written reference is not required to apply. However, you should make sure you have a referee available who can be called upon to provide a reference if requested by the host organisation. If you are asked for a reference, please ask your referee to use this Reference Form.

Get help with your applications

There is lots of support available from the Internship Office and Careers Service to help you with your application, which you can find out more about in our Application Support document.

Throughout the application period for the Summer Internship Programme, we hold twice-weekly Application Support Sessions at the Careers Service, where you can book a ten minute one-to-one meeting with a member of the Internship Office. We also hold extra sessions for Micro-Internships only in October and April. We can discuss your internship goals, clarify any questions you have about the programmes, or provide feedback on CVs and personal statements. Sign up to a session on CareerConnect to guarantee a place.

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 internships@careers.ox.ac.uk

If you have a question that is not answered here, please see our FAQ page.

Internship application timeline 2019

International Internships – Batch 1

  • Placements advertised to students: 20 January
  • Student applications deadline: Midday 17 February
  • Applications sent to internship host employers: by 4 March
  • Employers inform Internship Office of chosen applicant: by 27 March
  • Internships start end of June onwards (Trinity Term ends 22 June)

UK Internships – Batch 2

  • Placements advertised to students: 18 February
  • Student applications deadline: Midday 16 March
  • Applications sent to internship host employers: by 20 March
  • Employers inform Internship Office of chosen applicant: by 24 April
  • Internships start end of June onwards (Trinity Term ends 22 June)

Late-Advertised Internships (International and UK) – Batches 3, 4 and 5

  • Late placements will be advertised during April and May
  • Placements are advertised to students for a two week period after the placement goes live
  • Applications sent to internship host employers within one week of application deadline
  • Employers will be asked to inform the Internship Office of their chosen candidate within three weeks
  • Internships can start from the end of June onwards (Trinity Term ends 22 June)
After you have submitted your application

Processing applications

  • Your application will be considered by the host organisation after the closing date. Organisations are requested to shortlist and interview within a defined time-frame of 4-6 weeks, but it is not always possible for them to do so.
  • The employer will communicate directly with you to inform you that you have been unsuccessful, or if you are being offered an interview. Most organisations will short-list candidates and conduct interviews (by telephone or in person).

If your application is successful

If your application is successful you will be contacted directly by the host organisation.

Firstly, you should think carefully about whether you are serious in committing to the offer. Please only accept the internship if you fully intend to see it through.

If you decide to accept the offer you should now think about the next steps. Do you have adequate funds to undertake the internship?  Have you discussed the details of the internship project with the host organisation?  If you are travelling abroad have you researched the necessary vaccination and visa requirements? Additionally, please look through your roles and responsibilities below.

When you are sure you are in a position to accept the offer, please confirm acceptance with the employer.

If your application is not successful

If your application is not successful, you will be contacted by the host organisation. Please note that if your applications are unsuccessful, you will still be able to apply to further internships on the programme that have later deadline dates.

Your role and responsibilities

Checklist

In applying for an internship through The Summer Internship Programme you agree to the following roles and responsibilities. Please read through the list below carefully and use it as a checklist to help prepare for your internship. This list is a mandatory component of the online application form; you will be unable to submit an application unless you agree to the below.

By applying to and participating in the Oxford University Summer Internship Programme I agree to:

  • Satisfy myself that the internship is suitable for my needs in terms of content and environment.
  • 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). Please note that students can accept a maximum of 2 internships through the Summer Internship Programme.
  • Make travel arrangements and, where necessary, find suitable accommodation for the duration of the internship.
  • Contribute to the internship in a professional manner.
  • Obtain adequate travel and medical insurance which includes cover for personal money and property risks; any emergency medical expenses; and repatriation in case of a medical emergency or death.
  • Act as an ambassador for the University of Oxford, being aware at all times 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 employer.
  • Apply for University or College travel grants where necessary to complement any stipend that may be offered by the host employer.
  • (For International Internships) Ensure that my passport is up to date.
  • Obtain visa and work permits where necessary and take responsibility for making enquiries as to whether these are required.
  • (For International Internships) Arrange to have any necessary vaccinations etc which may be appropriate for the host country.
  • Advise the Internship Office (internships@careers.ox.ac.uk) 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:

  • What is offered by the package of support or funding available with this internship, and that it is my responsibility to satisfy myself that the internship is financially viable for me.
  • That there is support available from the Careers Service, should I wish to disclose a physical or mental disability or any health issues that I feel may impact my internship.
  • That I can contact the Internship Office on internships@careers.ox.ac.uk before or during the internship should any difficulties arise relating to this internship.
  • If I am successful in securing an international internship, I understand that it is my responsibility to take reasonable steps to familiarise myself with the laws and customs of the location I am travelling to, including checking the Foreign Office website.

I confirm 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.

Keep updated

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The Careers Service blog and newsletter

You can also keep updated with internships by keeping an eye on the Careers Service blog. Relevant posts can be accessed by clicking on the Related News tab at the top of The Internship Programme web pages.

The weekly Careers Service newsletter also highlights any important news about our programme featured on the blog.

This information was last updated on 12 September 2019.
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Blogged by Callum Livermore on 30/05/2019.

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Visit the Micro-Internship Programme webpage for further information.

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You can find a full list of opportunities here or by login in to CareerConnect.

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How to apply and application guidance

Deadline: Monday 13 May, mid-day.

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