Internship scheme

Make the most of your summer with a Q-Step internship!

The University of Oxford Summer Internship Programme offers hundreds of global internships exclusively to current matriculated Oxford students every year. 

As part of the programme, the Q-Step Centre generously funds internships for undergraduates in the Social Sciences Division that focus on qualitative and quantitative analysis. The Q-Step internships are advertised as part of the UK batch of internships which is available to apply for from 16th February 2021. 

You can apply through CareerConnect with a one-page CV and 600-word personal statement. Your application will be sent to the employer who will make the selection.

Q-Step funding is pre-allocated to each internship and the funds available will be specified on the internship description on CareerConnect. The level of funding is set at £315 per week and is provided in a lump sum before the placement starts.

Previous Q-Step internship hosts have included thinktanks, charities, museums and consulting firms such as YouGov, Citizens Advice Oxford, The Ditchley Foundation, BBC News, Synergy Global Consulting, Mount Stuart Trust, One Eighty Children’s Charityand Kelmscott Manor.

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I was pleasantly surprised to find how collaborative the working environment was. As a large team of interns, it was great to meet people from other universities studying different disciplines. I feel our work has made a significant contribution to the future work of the foundation. 

The most valuable aspect was my work on the data visualisation of the foundation’s network which allowed me to improve my programming skills which I imagine will be invaluable for my future career. I began the internship believing that I would like to pursue a career in policy making and the opportunity to work at a thinktank like the Ditchley Foundation has only confirmed this further.

Ditchley Foundation intern 2020
Lady Margaret Hall, Second Year Undergraduate, BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics

I most certainly enjoyed the experience and feel like I gained not only a number of useful analytical skills but also more experience of working collaboratively on a research report. As for the future, this internship at Citizens Advice Oxford has definitely pushed me in the direction of pursuing a future in either the charities sector or in public/social policy while also furnishing me with the experience to go down that route.

Citizens Advice Oxford intern 2020
University College, Second Year Undergraduate, BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics