The Internship Office team

Dr Fiona Whitehouse, Head of the Internship Office

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As Head of the Internship Office at the Careers Service, Fiona leads on internships strategy, forges new global internship partnerships, runs workshops and seminars for groups of undergraduate and post graduate students and shares best practice with other universities. She also coaches students one-to-one with internship advice (her focus is primarily helping Crankstart Scholars find relevant work experience).

As an undergraduate Fiona studied Fine Art and Italian at Exeter University and completed a Master in History of Art and Aesthetics at Oxford.  Fiona also holds a Doctorate in 15th Century Painting Techniques. Previous to working at the University of Oxford Fiona worked in the High-Tech Sector in the US and the UK.


Paloma Campos Da Silva, Summer Internship Programme Manager

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As Summer Internship Programme Manager at the Careers Service, Paloma is responsible for creating new partnerships with employers from all over the world to offer new and exclusive internships for Oxford students, making sure they are delivered to a high standard.

In addition, she assists with developing the Internship Office strategy, implements the Internship Office marketing plan, runs workshops and provides one-to-one internship application support sessions to students.

Paloma holds a BA in Languages for Cultural Mediation and a MA in International Relations and Diplomacy from the University of Milan.

Prior to joining the Careers Service, she worked as an HR Assistant, Conference Interpreter and Airport Ground Attendant for Alitalia Airlines. She speaks five languages and has a strong interest in tourism management and immigration policy.


Callum Livermore, Micro-Internship Programme Manager

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Callum has worked in the Internship Office since 2018, primarily managing the Micro-Internship Programme for Oxford students.

Callum works with employers wall around the world to offer Oxford students exclusive short-term placements where they can gain key employability skills. Additionally, Callum runs regular workshops and 1:1 internship application support session for students.

Previously to working at the University of Oxford, Callum completed both his LLB in Law at the University of Birmingham and his LLM at the University of Law. Callum is particularly interested in musical theatre and can often be found in a theatre somewhere!


Josephine Allen, Crankstart Internship and Careers Mentoring Programme Manager

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Jo primarily works on delivering the Crankstart Internship and Careers Mentoring Programme. She also oversees the running of the Promentor Programme, working alongside students, employers and mentors across both programmes. Jo offers Scholars support and advice with internship applications, funding queries, and any general questions about the Careers Service’s numerous programmes exclusively for Crankstart Scholars.

Prior to joining the Careers Service, Jo completed a BA in History from the University of Warwick and worked in both the Ashmolean Museum and the University's People & Organisational Development team. Jo is particularly interested in animal welfare and volunteers and has acted as trustee at her local animal shelter.


Leia Yaniv, Crankstart Internships and Careers Mentoring Programme Assistant

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Leia primarily works on delivering the Crankstart Internship and Careers Mentoring Programme. Leia offers Scholars support and advice with internship applications, funding queries, and any general questions about the Careers Service’s numerous programmes exclusively for Crankstart Scholars.

Leia has a BA in English and Creative Writing, an MSc in Gender and International Relations from Bristol University and an MA in Text and Performance from RADA. Leia has successfully run her own business as a Pilates teacher, worked as a writer and reviewer for various publications tackling issues of gender and politics and now is a budding writer for stage and screen. 


Katie Hickman, Crankstart Internships and Careers Mentoring Programme Assistant

Katie primarily works on the Crankstart Internship and Mentoring programmes and assists with the Micro-Internship programme as well. Katie offers assistance for students

and secures internships and mentors.Katie has worked at the University of Oxford for nearly 7 years. She has previously worked for the Said Business School and a department in the

Medical Sciences Division. Katie is a keen equestrian and volunteers at local equestrian events. In her spare time, she likes to take on challenges to raise money for various charities. Katie is also part of a choir and takes part in concerts throughout the year.


Xanthe Fry, Promentor Programme Administrator

Xanthe joined the Internship Office as the Promentor Programme Administrator in 2022. For this alumni mentoring programme she matches first year student bursary holders with three alumni mentors working in desired sectors/industries. Mentees in this programme are awarded £250 for each year they engage in the programme during their undergraduate degree, as well as travel costs to meet their mentors. Xanthe has worked in the fields of counselling/psychotherapy, addictions and sexual health for many years, including work in schools, prisons and trauma survivor projects. She has a BA in English with Cultural and Community Studies from Sussex University and an MSc in Health Promotion and Health Education from Edinburgh University. Xanthe loves live music, a good TV period drama and the Scottish Highlands.

Karan Karasinska, Micro-Internship Programme Officer

Karan studied Chinese then Archaeology & Anthropology at Cambridge. She went on to set up home in France, raising six children. She returned to Oxford a decade ago and for a while happily made beds and pushed trolleys around the West Wing of the JR. Karan headed up the Careers Information team at 56 Banbury Road before moving across to work with Callum on the Micro-Internship Programme. 


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Tianyi Zheng, Summer Internship Programme Assistant

Tianyi works on the Summer Internship Programme and provides general administrative support to the Internship Office. She supports the team in creating new international partnerships, reviews and approves internship proposals in line with the Internship Office policy, and implements the promotion and marketing of internship programmes.

Tianyi holds a BA in English language and literature, an MA in Applied Linguistics & TESOL and an MSc in Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition. Prior to joining the Careers Service, she worked as a research assistant at the School of Education, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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