Who can apply?
Any current, matriculated University of Oxford student (undergraduate or postgraduate) may apply to the Micro-Internship Programme. Visiting students, MBA and EMBA students (Said Business School) are unable to apply. We encourage MBA and EMBA students to access the Said Business School Careers Service.
Our internship hosts welcome applications from all sectors of the community, and many are especially keen to encourage students with disabilities and candidates from under-represented groups to apply.
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When to apply (Michealmas, Hilary and Trinity Term 2020/21)
- 0th week, Wednesday: placements advertised to students (Application Support Sessions begin this week)
- 3rd week, Monday (midday): application deadline
- 3rd week, Tuesday: applications sent to host organisations
- 3rd - 5th week: all first-round applicants informed of outcomes
- 5th week, Monday: MIP second round (some placements may be re-advertised)
- 6th week, Monday (midday): application deadline for second round
- 7th week: all second round applicants informed of outcome
- 8th week: 'Making the Most of Your Internship' workshop
When to apply (Summer Vacation 2020/21)
- 12th week (Trinity), Monday 12 July: placements advertised to students (Application Support Sessions begin this week)
- 15th week (Trinity), Monday 2 August (midday): application deadline
- 15th week (Trinity), Tuesday 4 August: applications sent to host organisations
- -7th Week (Michaelmas), by Friday 13 August : all first-round applicants informed of outcomes
- -6th week (Michaelmas), Wednesday 25 August: 'Making the Most of Your Internship' workshop
- -4th week (Michaelmas), Monday 6 - Friday 10 September AND/OR -5 Week (Michaelmas), Monday 13-Friday 17 September: Placement Weeks
Sign up to our Internship Alerts mailing list in order to stay updated about the Micro-Internship Programme each term.
Where to apply
Each term’s micro-internships are advertised on CareerConnect. Once logged in go to Search & Apply under the Internship Office and Skills Programmes tab, and then select 'The Micro-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.
Micro-internships are also advertised via our Internship Alerts mailing list, on our Facebook page, the Careers Service Twitter, in the weekly Careers Service e-newsletter, and on the Careers Service blog. Each term, the Internship Office publishes sector and location lists to help students search for placements, which are distributed through these channels.
How to apply
You may apply for two micro-internships per term, although to ensure fairness and accessibility across the programme, you may only accept one placement offer (even if the placements would be in different weeks).
Click on ‘Apply Now’ on the respective vacancy page on CareerConnect and follow the instructions provided. You will be required to upload a file of a one-page CV and write a 300-word personal statement in the application form. Your CV can be a pdf file or a Word document. Please do not use Pages files as these cannot be accessed on the system. For CVs or personal statements longer than the application requirement, the Internship Office reserves the right to reduce them accordingly without notifying the student.
Please note that we are unable to accept late applications or applications sent by email; therefore please make your application(s) before midday on deadline day. We strongly advise that you make your application well in advance of the deadline. It is your responsibility to ensure that your application has been submitted successfully and that you have received an automatic confirmation email. If you have not received a confirmation email for each application within three hours of submitting, or if you are experiencing any other technical problems, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org immediately so that we can assist during working hours.
To see the full range of support on offer to assist you with your application, please download our Application Support Document.
Don’t forget that the Internship Office runs Application Support Sessions for students applying to our programmes. These sessions are 15-minute 1:1 appointments and must be booked via CareerConnect (please see the Events tab). Details of these sessions will be available a couple of weeks before a new term begins. If you would like further support with your application, we recommend taking a look at our website for guidance on CVs, cover letters, and demonstrating that you fit the job criteria. You can also make an appointment with a Careers Adviser.
Sign up to the Internship Alerts mailing list or follow the Careers Service blog in order to receive each term’s Application Support Session schedule.
What happens after I've applied?
Once the deadline has passed, the Internship Office sends all applications to hosts for selection, although does not take part in the selection itself. Hosts may contact applicants for interviews or telephone calls, so please do ensure that you regularly check your emails and where possible, provide a telephone number with a voicemail.
The Internship Office communicates all application outcomes to students. Successful candidates have 24 hours to accept or decline an offer (once they have heard both outcomes, if applicable). Students may only accept one micro-internship offer per term. The Internship Office will then connect students with their host via email so arrangements can be made prior to the placement week. Some hosts choose to arrange a meeting or induction prior to the micro-internship - this is often beneficial to both host and intern, as it gives a chance to discuss the project and meet colleagues.
Examples of past micro-internships
I worked on digitising the Conway Library at the Courtauld Institute, along with my fellow interns. This library features a lot of architectural photography from Beirut to Argentina, and our tasks included organising and numbering the photographs according to the institutions' archival system, as well as photographing and digitising the files. The internship was also concerned with ways in which people interact with the archive and what uses the collection could be put to, so that my fellow interns and I also spent an afternoon of working with high-needs young adults at Beyond Autism, where we spent hours cutting, shredding, and pasting photocopies of the photos we'd been so carefully handling in the days before (this was quite cathartic!). -1st Year BA English Language and Literature student, Photographic Library Digitisation micro-intern at The Courtauld Institute of Art (London)
I worked on creating a document that could track the share and stock price and market capitalisation of companies that primarily operated in the metals and mining industry. I would extract data from such companies and create graphs, specific to each company, that would correlate time with their closing price, so you could visually see how companies have grown (or not) during their lifetime. I then collated all my work together and provided a set of instructions for future use, in case new companies entered the industry. 2nd Year BA Geography student, Business Development micro-intern at SZ Greenfields (London)
I was working on creating photos of Lantana's books, as well as their upcoming releases, to be used on their website and social media channels. Alongside this, I also took over their Instagram page for, hosting a giveaway and posting some of the photos I created. It was extremely useful for gaining insight into the publishing industry. As it is a small business, the CEO of the company is heavily involved in many different areas of book publishing, which meant that she could provide information into aspects ranging from finances and investment, to editorial work and marketing. 1st year BA English Language and Literature student, Publishing and Research micro-intern at Lantana Publishing (Oxford)
Created graphs from historical data to audit environmental sensors in smart homes to identify whether the technology was working correctly. Furthermore, I Investigated causes of any unexpected readings by linking multi sensor data to observations before presenting findings to the team on time. I thoroughly enjoyed working in the environmental/sustainability sector. Overall, my experience was very positive and I cannot speak more highly of the opportunity and the company. PGRAD(R) in Environmental Research student, Analysis of Smart Building Data micro-intern at Atamate (Oxford)
Along with the other Oxford intern, I produced two reports / literature analyses. The first was on human rights abuses in the palm oil industry and the second was on right wing populism and climate change scepticism at the EU level. I found the research work really interesting and hugely enjoyed the week. Not only has it pushed me more towards a human rights related post-graduate course of study, but it's given me a more concrete idea about what I want to do for a career, too. 3rd year BA European and Middle Eastern Languages student, International Human Rights and Policy micro-intern at German Institute for Human Rights (Berlin)
In other micro-internships our students have gained experience in:
- The development of new marketing initiatives, or reviews of existing marketing strategies
- Data collection and presentation: from creating, distributing and compiling surveys and survey responses, to the photographing and digitising of medieval manuscripts
- Event planning
- Fundraising and awareness campaigns
- Product development
- Creating a new campaign film to fit the organisation's brief
- Research and report writing: from investigating the ramifications of organisation relocation and restructuring, to market research
- Programming and software development
- Writing educational articles for a specific audience
- Researching and creating business models
- Conducting audits within an organisation
- Cataloguing collections and research with archives.