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Our Vision & Mission

Our vision

Our vision is to be commonly regarded as one of the best university careers services in the world.

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

Our objectives are to:

  • 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

We are commited to:

  • Providing a welcoming and supportive atmosphere
  • Being free, trusted and impartial
  • Fostering innovation and continuous improvement in the range and quality of the services we provide
  • Treating users of the Service and each other with fairness, respect and consideration
  • Providing client-focused, impartial, objective, transparent, accessible and, so far as it concerns  individuals, confidential careers education, information and guidance
  • Operating within the terms of the AGCAS and the National Union of Students (NUS) agreed statement  ‘Best Practice in Graduate Recruitment’
  • Promoting equality of opportunity and diversity, in accordance with relevant legislation and best practice, including the University’s Integrated Equal Opportunities Policy

Our Evidence

We regularly survey our clients – students, alumni, employers – to assess our current performance and demand for our services. We use the results to develop new programmes and adjust how we deploy our resources. We are pleased to share the summary reports with all participants and attach them here for you to read as well.

Careers Service Privacy Statement
Internship Policy

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.

This information was last updated on 01 February 2019.
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We have a selection of great opportunities that are still available through this new pilot scheme so there is a second opportunity to find an internship that’s right for you between Tuesday 23 April and Monday 29 April at 12 noon. Available placements include opportunities with the Institute for Historical Justice, The Nasio Trust, Morgan Sports Law and Keen Oxford among others.

Click here to see the full list of opportunities and apply from Tuesday 23 April.

Micro-internships are 2-5 day voluntary work experience placements facilitated by the University of Oxford. This programme is especially for research staff at grade 6 or above, who are currently on a fixed term contract at Oxford or who finished their fixed term contract in the past 12 months.

To apply you will need to register with CareerConnect if you have not done so already. Once you have found a micro-internship you wish to apply for, just follow the link alongside the opportunity and you will be directed to the relevant application page. For full details of the scheme visit our
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