Guidance for managers about how to engage interns within the University
An internship is typically a short period of work offered to a student during a vacation, or a recent graduate, during which the individual undertakes some work needed by the University, and in return gains valuable work experience and an appropriate level of pay.
The University also runs schemes in which students, in the context of their studies and under supervision, gain experience of work methods and learn skills related to their course of study; these are classed as work experience or studentships and do not attract payment.
The University runs an Internships Programme for Oxford University students through the Careers Service and departments wishing to offer an internship through this route should contact the Careers Service for further information.
If a school-age person undertakes a very short period of work experience within the University which typically involves shadowing, observing, etc the purpose of which is simply to experience a work place and different types of job, rather than to undertake any meaningful work on behalf of the University, then this is classed as ‘work experience’ and this does not attract payment.