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Why join the Summer Internship Programme?

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

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

Summer Internship Programme yearbooks

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

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
This information was last updated on 30 August 2018.
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Recent blogs about The Summer Internship Programme Experience

Less than a week to apply for a Micro-Internship this Summer!

Blogged by Callum Livermore on 08/05/2019.

Less than one week left to apply for a micro-internship!

You can find a full list of opportunities here or by login in to CareerConnect.

We have over 130 opportunities on offer this term, including an Education Resource Micro-Internship with the Scotland Humanist Society in Edinburgh. Where you will assist thousands of pupils in Scottish schools to have a wider understanding of philosophical thought and non-religious views on moral and ethical issues by creating educational resources; a Strategy Analyst Micro-Intern at the National Trust, where you will work directly with their central Strategy Management Unit by researching and analysing trends related to domestic and international tourism and directly contribute to the development of their strategic plans; an International Human Rights and Policy Internship with the German Institute for Human Rights in Berlin where your work will encompass research, short summary reports, communications work and attending meetings and events during your week in Berlin’s political quarter, and many more.

How to apply and application guidance

Deadline: Monday 13 May, mid-day.

Upload your CV and a 300-word supporting statement on CareerConnect 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, do not hesitate to contact micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Micro-internship sector lists for Trinity term are now live

Blogged by Callum Livermore on 01/05/2019.

Get some work experience this summer with the Micro-Internship Programme

Applications for this term’s micro-internship opportunities are open, with placements in Week 9 (24-28 June) and Week 10 (1-5 July) of Trinity Term.

You can find a full list of opportunities on our sector list here or on CareerConnect. We have over 133 opportunities on offer this term, including an internship as an Anti-Doping Scientist at Morgan Sports Law; an Analyst Micro-Internship at BlondeMoney and even an International Human Rights and Policy Internship at the German Institute for Human Rights in Berlin. 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 micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Hurry though, the deadline is 12PM mid-day, Monday 13 May

Now launched: The Micro-Internship Programme in Trinity term

Blogged by Callum Livermore on 24/04/2019.

Looking for work experience this summer? Keen to do an internship but looking for something shorter? Or are you just eager to explore a new area and boost your CV?

Then the Micro-Internship Programme might be for you! This scheme offers 2-5 day work experience placements exclusive to matriculated Oxford students. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the many industries on offer, from consulting to heritage, from charities to visual arts. Micro-internships are voluntary work experiences, although hosts must reimburse local travel and lunch expenses on production of receipts.

Micro-internships take place in either Week 9 (24-28 June) or Week 10 (1-5 July), and all placements are now live – check CareerConnect for all opportunities and to apply. Keep an eye out next week for our sector and location lists. The deadline for applications is 12PM mid-day, Monday 13 May.

The Internship Office offers help through our Application Support Sessions, which begin this week – all details and bookings are on CareerConnect. Please also see our Employer Feedback on Student Micro-Internship Applications for advice from our hosts.

If you have any questions about the programme, please email Callum Livermore at micro-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Second round for applications to the Micro-Internship Programme for Research Staff opens Tuesday 23 April!

Blogged by Polly nuttgens on 17/04/2019.

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
Micro-Internships for Research Staff webpage.

If you have any questions, please contact research-internships@careers.ox.ac.uk.

Browse UK Summer Internships by Sector and Location

Blogged by Internship Office on 27/02/2019.

Are you looking for an exciting and interesting summer internship but not sure how to find it?

The Summer Internship Programme has a wide range of opportunities available exclusively for Oxford students, from education to consulting, museum curation to scientific research. Our UK internships are being advertised now on CareerConnect, with an application deadline of 11 March.

You can now browse the opportunities using our Sector and Location Lists.

Please note that further international and UK internships will be available through the programme in our late batch of applications from mid-March.

Please see our application support guide for ways to get help with your application, and don’t forget to stay up to date with the internship programmes by signing up to the Internship Office email alerts and visiting the Internship Office Facebook page.

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