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University of Oxford: Summer Internship Programme

The Summer Internship Programme offers hundreds of global internships every year exclusively for Oxford students. Placements are 2-12 weeks in duration, and take place in the summer vacation (between the end of June and the end of September). The programme offers opportunities in a wide variety of industry sectors, in partnership with SMEs, charities, multi-national organisations, including many world-renowned organisations and companies. See our interactive feedback map for examples of the types of projects offered through the programme.

What are employers expected to provide?
• Employers agree to reserve a specified number of internships exclusively for Oxford students who apply through the programme.
• Hosts should provide a meaningful work project with adequate supervision from a mentor appointed within the organisation.
• Organisations in the for-profit sector are expected to pay minimum wage or above. Not-for-profit organisations should make a contribution towards the placement, such as accommodation for example.

Santander Funding for SMEs
It may be of interest to know that there is some funding to help SMEs recruit interns. Information on this programme can be found here under the ‘Santander funding for internships in SMEs’ section.

How do I sign up?
Employers can express interest in hosting an intern through the programme by registering on CareerConnect, our online vacancy system. Our deadlines and timeline of important dates can be seen below:

INTERNATIONAL PLACEMENTS - ROUND 1 2018
Deadline for internship proposals* - 5th January 2018
Placements advertised to students - 15th January-19th February
Student applications deadline - 19th February
Applications sent to employers - 5th March

Employers:
Interview students, select candidate(s)
Inform all applicants of outcome
Inform Internship Office of selection - By 6th April

Internships start - End of June onwards
                             (Trinity Term ends 16th June)

* Internship proposals received after this date will be advertised in the Late-Advertised internships round.

UK PLACEMENTS – ROUND 2 2018
Deadline for internship proposals* - 9th February
Placements advertised to students - 20th February-12th March
Student applications deadline - 12th March
Applications sent to employers - 26th March

Employers:
Interview students, select candidate(s)
Inform all applicants of outcome
Inform Internship Office of selection - By 27th April

Internships start - End of June onwards
(Trinity Term ends 16th June)

* Internship proposals received after this date will be advertised in the next Late-Advertised internships round.

ADVERTISING              START DATE              DEADLINE
Late round 1                 2nd April                      16th April
Late round 2                 30th April                     14th May
Late round 3                 4th June                      18th June

LATE-ADVERTISED INTERNSHIPS (INT’L AND UK) – BATCH 3
Late internship proposals are accepted up to and including 31 May 2018
Placements are advertised to students for a two week period after the placement goes live
Applications sent to internship employer within one week of application deadline
Employers will be asked to select a candidate within three weeks
Internships can start from the end of June onwards (Trinity Term ends 16th June 2018)

This step by step guide to submitting an internship gives instructions on how to register, and how to post your Summer Internship Programme opportunity directly on to the system.

This website includes examples of successful internships advertised previously through the programme, which may be helpful in developing your project proposal.

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact fiona.whitehouse@careers.ox.ac.uk.