The 2015 Oxford University Press Summer Internship is now open! To apply, please visit our current vacancy page.
The Summer Internship scheme will last for eight consecutive weeks over the summer period, providing the opportunity for those interested in a career in publishing and business to gain valuable insights into a publishing house.
The interns will each work on a specific project for the eight week period. They will work within different departments supporting, among others, our marketing, editorial, rights, production and project teams. The projects cover a variety of areas from science to maths publishing and bilingual dictionaries to online products.
The key objective of the internship scheme is to allow graduates to gain a range of essential skills and work experience, which in turn will support them with future applications within the publishing industry.
Successful candidates will have a good academic record, be a recent graduate or final year student and be able to demonstrate strong interpersonal and organisational skills, as well as a genuine commitment to a career in publishing. Publishing is an exciting and diverse field and, as such, we welcome applicants from all degree disciplines.
Here's what some of our past interns have had to say about their experience working at OUP:Alice Jones
University of Nottingham, UK - French
I've been surprised at how staff at OUP have been so willing to spare half an hour to tell me about what they do. A particular highlight of the internship has been to talk to people living and working in markets abroad, as a significant part of the ELT (English Language Teaching) department is based in other countries. Being in the Marketing department was completely new to me, but it's great to be able to say that I've learned about part of the publishing process I knew very little about. I'm in ELT's Central Research team, and far from just completing routine tasks, I've been given an individual project that has challenged me and really brought on my research and presentation skills.Karolina Zernicka
Nicolaus Copernicus University, Poland - Library and Information Science
Having worked as an administrative assistant for several years, I felt I needed a change in my career. I took an interest in publishing, but was aware that I lacked necessary work experience. The OUP Summer Internship programme seemed to be a perfect opportunity to introduce me to the publishing industry. You don't have to be a fresh graduate to join the programme, everyone is welcome!Ryan Ehlers
Imperial College London, UK - Physics
My degree was in physics, so I was a bit concerned when I started looking that there might not be any roles for me in publishing, or that I'd be the odd one out, but it hasn't been the case at all. I've been working on MyMaths, which is a website used to teach maths in schools, and it's wonderfully exciting to think that the work I'm doing is going to help millions of children learn maths.Michele Cheng
University of Alberta, Canada - English and Edinburgh Napier University, UK - Publishing
I was initially a bit hesitant to apply for this internship because the Press has such an esteemed reputation and I did not think I fit the mould - certainly not with my twangy Canadian accent. However, working in the ELT (English Language Teaching) department, I was pleasantly surprised to learn of just how international OUP's business is. I work primarily with American English products catered largely for markets in Asia and the Middle East. This means I get to meet and interact with very interesting people from all around the world as part of my work all the time.Daniel Hall
University of Lancaster, UK - English Literature
My internship in marketing has been a great introductory role in the world of publishing. Despite having a background which could be considered more anticipatory of editorial work, I felt I quickly acclimated to the challenge of this unfamiliar field thanks to the instruction of managerial staff and colleagues. As a result, I've greatly broadened my professional experience and have gained invaluable insight into the process of modern publishing.
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