Can I offer unpaid internships through the Summer Internship Programme?
No. We do not offer unpaid internships, be it in-person or remote.
For-profit organisations in the UK are expected to pay their interns UK National Living wage or above. International for-profit partner organisations should provide remuneration similar to equivalent entry-level roles within their industry and country.
Not-for-profit organisations are expected to provide something towards the costs of the internships, such as free accommodation, meals and/or transport. The Internship Office can sometimes support not-for-profit organisations with scholarship funding to strengthen placement offers. However, funds are limited and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis at the discretion of the Internship Office. Please discuss funding opportunities directly with the Summer Internship Office team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am unsure if my intended project is suitable for the Summer Internship Programme. What should I do?
For guidance on the elements of a successful internship, please see our Internship Best Practice webpage. If you need inspiration when writing your internship project, please also see our summer internship project example. If you have questions about an internship project idea, please email us at email@example.com and a member of the Internship Office will be more than happy to discuss the idea with you.
Can I submit more than one internship proposal?
Yes. Organisations are welcome to submit more than one summer internship project, providing that adequate projects and supervision are arranged.
How many summer interns can I host?
In line with our Internship Best Practice, we ask that one supervisor oversees the work of a maximum of three students. If you need advice, the Internship Office can make recommendations based on your project, and for new hosts, we advise starting with a lower number to assess capacity. Employers can specify the number of places offered on the summer internship advert, but this number can remain flexible and dependent on the applications received.
I am an existing employer and already have an Oxford student in mind. Can I take part in the Summer Internship Programme?
No. If you already have an intern in mind, it would not be fair on other applicants. Internship opportunities advertised through the programme must be wide open to all Oxford students. In this case, we would suggest you offer a placement directly to the student without going through the programme.
Can I offer internships of 4-6 months duration through the programme?
No. Internships offered as part of the Summer Internship Programme can be of a maximum duration of 12 weeks. Therefore, if you would like to offer internships longer than 3 months, your opportunity might be better suited as a ‘general opportunity’ rather than specifically within our programme. Instructions on how to post a general vacancy can be found on the following dedicated page: www.careers.ox.ac.uk/advertise-your-vacancies. For further support, please contact our Employer Engagement team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are a third-party organisation who would like to offer your internships to some specific companies. Can we take part in the programme?
No. The role of the Internship Office is to create working relationships with the organisations who directly host interns, so that we can communicate effectively and easily solve any potential issues. For this reason, we are not working with third-party organisations.
Are there any contract or paperwork to be signed to participate in the Summer Internship Programme?
No. There is no paperwork to sign although to participate in the programme you have to agree to the Roles and Responsibilities when you submit the internship details. See: https://www.careers.ox.ac.uk/the-internship-programme-employer-info for details. If you wish to put in place a contract between your organisation and the students which sets out the expectations of both parties during the internship, you are more than welcome to produce your own version of this according to your organisation's policies.
Can I offer internships to students from other Universities as well?
It depends. As part of the Summer Internship Programme, your internship will be advertised exclusively to Oxford students through the programme, meaning that the same project should not be advertised elsewhere. For example, you cannot advertise a place through the Summer Internship Programme and then offer that place to another intern outside the programme. You are welcome to advertise similar internships through alternative channels, but those entered into the programme should be set aside with the intention of taking Oxford students only.
What is the equivalent of Health and Safety induction for remote internships?
The University’s health and safety regulations require that employers must confirm that they will give interns an induction for health and safety procedures at the place of work, in line with your usual induction processes for new staff. The equivalent of a health and safety briefing for remote internships is to check your intern has everything they need, equipment, a suitable workstation and space to work.