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Why join the Summer Internship Programme?
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From first year undergraduates to DPhil researchers, students in all areas and at all levels of study enjoy the benefits of undertaking an internship.

An internship can help you…..

Gain an in-depth insight into your sector of choice

“Coming here was absolutely the best way to spend my summer. I’ve learned a lot and confirmed my suspicions that curating is the best job in the world! It’s been an incredible experience and I’m so thankful for the opportunity”

– Gemma Sykes, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-Upon-Avon

“The internship at Tradewind Books has helped me understand the publishing industry and gave me the necessary experience to be confident I could get a job in publishing in the future. I liked working in the field and am seriously considering it as my career path. I cannot stress enough how important it is to be exposed to an industry before one decides to pursue a career in it, and how much it helps to clear one’s mind about such a decision”

– Olga Lenczewska, Tradewind Books, Vancouver, Canada

Try a new location

I had an amazing time on my internship and was very sorry to leave. I loved China, it’s a spectacular country with so much to see and do. I’ll always remember Nanjian county’s breath taking natural beauty and the friendliness of its inhabitants. I would love to go and work in China again”

– Martin Edwards, Tsinghua University Rural Programme, Beijing, China

Develop your career goals

“It’s hard not to be over-enthusiastic in describing how incredible an experience this has been thus far, and how sad I will be for it to end. I spent a lot of my childhood living in Zimbabwe, and coming to Uganda has been like coming home but with the added satisfaction of being able to use skills that are hopefully making a difference. My desire to apply my legal education in a development related context are certainly confirmed, as is my desire to apply for postgraduate study that looks into human rights law”

– Rose Worster, African Prisons Project, Uganda

Get a job

“This internship has been a very useful experience for me, as it was my first attempt working in a laboratory that specialised in DNA synthesis. Being a very small company, I was able to work closely with all members of the company and everyone was very welcoming from the beginning. I enjoyed the laboratory work very much, and I was very pleased to be offered a full-time role after a few weeks”

– Haewon Song, ATDBio, Oxford

Meet new people and visit new places

I thought that the internship was incredible. It enabled me to learn and develop my knowledge of climate science, as well as providing a rich cultural experience in a country I had not previously travelled to. I would love to return to visit the people I have met and to practise my Portuguese!”

– Charlotte Dormon, National Institute for Space Research, Brazil

Make a meaningful contribution

“My time at Muktangan has been incredible: I couldn’t have asked for a better internship. I was able to carry out projects that mattered to me, whilst making a contribution to the organisation, and I was supported on each and every step of the way whilst doing it. Before I went to Muktangan, I thought that I would like to work within the education sector, with a particular focus on international education. My time in Mumbai has further strengthened my resolve to realise this ambition, as well as making me think that I might like to return to India for work in the future”

– Jack Noble, Muktangan (Paragon Charitable Trust), India

Internships Insight Video
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Find out what recent interns did on The Summer Internship Programme with this video.

Summer Internship Programme yearbooks
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Many of the organisations taking part in the Summer Internship Programme have offered placements before. Each year until 2016 we published a Summer Internship Programme Yearbook, which is a great way to find out what your internship might involve – and get an idea what it’s like to work in different locations around the world.

To read about past students’ experiences on the Summer Internship Programme (previously ‘The Oxford University Internship Programme’), access the yearbooks in PDF format by using the buttons below.

Photo competition gallery
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In 2015 we ran a competition for The Summer Internship Programme interns’ photographs of what they saw and experienced during their placements. Here’s a selection of our favourites!

  • Hannah Lovell, Intern at St Hugh’s College Burma Summer School, Yangon, Burma
    Hannah Lovell, Intern at St Hugh’s College Burma Summer School, Yangon, Burma
This information was last updated on 12 September 2019.
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Recent blogs about The Summer Internship Programme Experience

Calling future leaders! How to write your Laidlaw research proposal

Blogged by Karen Walker on 06/11/2019.

Would you like to develop your research and leadership skills? Are you looking for a way to spend time on a project that you love? If so, the Laidlaw Scholars Undergraduate Research & Leadership Programme could be just what you’re looking for. The Programme comprises two mandatory elements: a leadership programme, with the option to gain an Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) qualification; and a research project undertaken during the long vacation, designed and defined by the student, at any world-leading research institution, with funding provided for living costs, travel, and research expenses where appropriate.

We will be running a session from 14:00-16:00 on Wednesday 13 November at the Careers Service, 56 Banbury Road, where you can find out more about how to complete the research proposal section of your Laidlaw application. We will cover some basics including coming up with a research question, turning this into a realistic project plan, research integrity and ethics, and what we mean by ‘output’ and ‘impact’. Please book a place via the event page on CareerConnect.

There’ll be a chance for a general discussion about research proposals, but for individual advice and guidance you should book a one-to-one application support session via CareerConnect (available in weeks 6 to 9).

The Laidlaw Scholars Programme is open to undergraduate students from all disciplines except for finalists and those about to go on a year abroad. Interdisciplinary projects are welcome. We will confirm the final timetable for applications by the end of Michaelmas term. More information is available on the Laidlaw pages on CareerConnect.

The second round for the Micro-Internship Programme goes live Monday!

Blogged by Callum Livermore on 05/11/2019.

For one week only, we are accepting applications for the second round of Micro-Internships

Perhaps you were unsuccessful in your first-round applications, or perhaps you didn’t manage to apply at all. Either way, a selection of micro-internship placements will be available for you to apply via CareerConnect from Monday 11 November. Simply log on to CareerConnect to see what’s available in the second round. One application per student at this stage. Placements will either be on 9-13 December or 16-20 December 2019.

Second round deadline: The application window is open for one week and will close Monday 18 November at midday.

What If I have not heard back from the first round? – We aim to make each student aware of the outcome of any application they made in the first round by Thursday 14 November. However, if you wish, you can make one further application at any point during the second round.

Visit the Micro-Internship Programme webpage for further information.

Only a few days left to apply for a micro-internship this vacation period!

Blogged by Callum Livermore on 24/10/2019.

The deadline to apply for this term’s Micro-Internship Programme is fast approaching. We have over 175 opportunities on offer this term, so don’t miss out! You can find a full list of opportunities on offer this term here

All micro-internships come with expenses and take place over 2-5 days in either 9th (9-13 December) or 10th week (16-20 December) of Michaelmas Term.  Simply upload your CV and a 300-word supporting statement via CareerConnect to be considered for your chosen opportunity. Please note that you can make up to two applications per term.

The programme is open to all matriculated students – from first year undergraduate students through to DPhil students.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Hurry though — the deadline is midday on Monday, 28 October.

Closing Soon: Micro-Placements for Research Staff

Blogged by Joe O'Connor on 22/10/2019.

Closing Soon: Micro-Placements for Research Staff – personal development opportunities  for university-employed research staff

The deadline for this term’s Micro-Placements Programme for Research Staff is Monday 28 October at midday. Micro-placements are 2-5 day voluntary work experience placements facilitated by the University of Oxford and which are intended to give you experience in a new sector, enable you to practice a number of employability skills, and also offer an engaging and interesting project.

This term’s placements include research into the impact of AirBnb on Oxford’s homelessness problem for a local charity, working with a tech spinout on data visualization and analysis of their battery technology, and helping the Oxford Martin School develop policies which enable them to practice what they preach on organizational environmental impact.

You can find the full list of available placements here, or on CareerConnect.

If you are interested in the programme but none of the placements are right for you, please contact Joe O’Connor at, so that he can record this and include your feedback in the review of the pilot.

Micro-internship sector lists for Michaelmas term are now live

Blogged by Callum Livermore on 16/10/2019.

Do you want to gain key employability skills this term? Then the Micro-Internship Programme is for you

Applications for this term’s micro-internship opportunities are open, with placements in Week 9 (9-13 December) and Week 10 (16-20 December) of Michaelmas Term.

You can find a full list of opportunities on our sector list or on CareerConnect. We have over 175 opportunities in a variety of sectors on offer this term to all matriculated students (including those who are due to matriculate in the next few weeks). These include, but are not limited to, an internship as an Anti-Doping Scientist at Morgan Sports Law; an Analyst Micro-Internship at BlondeMoney, a Publishing and Research Internship with Lantana Publishing and even a Policy Advisor Micro-Internship at Government of the Netherlands, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment in the Netherlands. Simply upload your CV and a 300-word supporting statement to be considered for an opportunity. Remember you can apply to a maximum of 2 opportunities.

If you’d like further advice and assistance with your application, the Internship Office are offering 15-minute support sessions which can be booked on CareerConnect.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact

Hurry though, the deadline is at mid-day on Monday 28 October.

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