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Our Mission
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Our mission

The Careers Service’s mission is to attract, educate and resource students and employers, to enable them to make the best-informed career decisions.

Our objectives

  • Work together with Colleges, Departments, Faculties and the University to raise clients’ awareness of and engagement with the Careers Service
  • Provide relevant careers information and services to undergraduate and postgraduate students in the most timely and effective way
  • Attract and enable organisations to promote opportunities effectively and make contact with the most appropriate students
  • Work with alumni for life, providing access to careers advice and engaging them to mentor students and offer internships
  • Implement leading systems and streamlined procedures within a responsive, skilled and motivated organisation to achieve these tasks, including monitoring our performance
Careers Service Privacy Statement
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Internship Policy
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We are extremely grateful for all the fantastic opportunities that we are able to advertise to our undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and researchers. We advertise opportunities, for free, in small start-ups to large multinational organisations, in sectors spanning Accountancy to Zoology.

However, we will not advertise ANY internships which require our undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, and researchers to pay a fee to participate.

We also do not advertise unpaid/unfunded internships unless they are:

  • Short term insight or vacation schemes of no longer than 2 weeks aimed at providing “work shadowing” opportunities.
  • Voluntary work with a charity, voluntary organisation, an associated fund-raising organisation, or a statutory body and, where the voluntary work is UK based, fulfil the conditions for voluntary workers under UK National Minimum Wage legislation. Organisations will need to provide evidence that they fulfil this criteria.

Please note  that it is the responsibility of the host organisation to ensure that it complies with any employment law or other legal obligations including payment of National Minimum Wage (where applicable) and we assume, if we are asked to advertise an unpaid internship, that the host organisation has made an appropriate assessment and concluded that the opportunity can lawfully be unpaid.

If you are in the not-for-profit sector, we suggest you discuss your needs directly with the Internship Office (internships@careers.ox.ac.uk, +44 (0)1865 274 646) as we may be in a position to attach an internship award to particular opportunities. Our limited funding is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. In any case, all not-for-profit sector partners must, as a minimum, offer a contribution, for example provide accommodation, reimburse travel or meal costs.

The Careers Service reserves the right not to publish any opportunities we feel are inappropriate for our clients.

Careers Events Policy
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Our Careers events are open only to current Oxford University students, research staff, and alumni. On occasion, at the discretion of the event organiser and if space permits, we may extend invitations to other relevant parties, such as students from other universities, in advance of the event.

Please note that casual visitors are not allowed.

Employer Events Policy
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We offer an impartial service which allows all students to make informed choices about their futures through having access to employer partners and professional networks offering legal opportunities.

Students are entitled to disagree with the ethics or practices of any organisation and they may choose to express their disagreement at events organised by the Careers Service.

It is not acceptable for any student or group of students to prevent other students from having access to employers representatives and their information – whether that is the protesting students’ intention or not. Unacceptable behaviour includes anything which contravenes the University Code of Student Conduct.

Employers and Sustainability
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Helping Students to Make Informed Decisions

The University of Oxford Careers Service’s mission is to enable students to make well informed decisions about their career. As part of this, the Service is actively exploring ways to help students learn about organisations’ approaches to sustainability.

Drawing on the Oxford Martin Principles for Climate-Conscious Investment, the Careers Service has introduced a set of questions for recruiters, that allows students to find out more about a recruiter’s sustainability credentials. Students will be able to easily access an organisation’s stance on the climate crisis, its plan on how it will achieve Net-Zero by 2050 and remain profitable, and other relevant credentials in the area of sustainability. In future, students will be able to search on those employers who have answered sustainability questions in specific ways.

Any recruiter wishing to post a vacancy on the University’s CareerConnect system, will be prompted to answer the following:

Q1. Does your organisation recognise the climate crisis, agree with the science, and confirm that it will achieve Net-Zero by 2050, or earlier?

Q2. Does your organisation have a specific, publicly accessible plan, that lays out how it will achieve Net-Zero by 2050 or earlier? (Provide web address if available)

Q3. Does your organisation have a plan for how it will remain profitable while achieving Net-Zero by 2050, or earlier?

Q4. Does your organisation have any other relevant credentials in the area of sustainability of which you’d like to ensure students are aware? (Eg, B-Corp, use of renewables, etc) (Open text box to describe other credentials)

The Careers Service will consider using these data in future to highlight those recruiters who tick yes to specific questions, including in careers fairs’ booklets or similar publications. As a result, the Service hopes that those students for whom sustainability in the current climate crisis is an important factor in their decision making, will be better informed.

This information was last updated on 06 March 2020.
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