Online Internships for Students

Our virtual internships empower you to take your experience to the next level as you learn from the brightest and best, helping you to stand out from the crowd when you apply to university.

Covering a range of subjects and industries, our online internships give students a unique opportunity to gain real-life work experience and mentorship in their field of interest.

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Online Internship Programmes
for Students Aged 15-18

Applications are open now for our upcoming Online Internships. Read more below and apply for an internship.

Computer Science & Coding Internship

Economics & Finance Internship
Engineering Internship
Law Internship
Psychology & Neuroscience Internship
Social Impact & Development Internship
Engineering Internship

Computer Science & Coding Internship

If you enjoy coding or are keen to work in software development in the future, a research Internship with Oxford Scholastica is an opportunity to explore the latest developments in Computer Science and prepare for your future.

Supported by your Mentor, an academic researcher in Computer Science, you’ll work in a team of coding interns from around the world. You’ll undertake your own research on a rapidly-evolving topic in Computer Science, and together with your Mentor you’ll co-author a research paper for publication in an academic journal (learn more about our research internships).

This month-long online Internship will introduce you to a cutting-edge topic in the field of technology, and will give you the skills and knowledge you need to understand the latest developments in the field. Publishing a research paper under your own name at this early stage in your educational career is an outstanding achievement for your future university applications.

You’ll conclude the internship having gained impressive Computer Science work experience, as well as a Letter of Recommendation.

Please note that due to the nature of these Internships, places are extremely limited.

You can view our latest Computer Science & Coding Internships below.

October Internship (Saturdays): Chatbots and Artificial Intelligence
Chatbots are a global phenomenon transforming the way we do business. By taking over many basic types of customer service, and using cutting edge artificial intelligence, they reduce staffing costs and have therefore been adopted enthusiastically by organisations in different spheres, from business, to education, medicine and a variety of other fields.

During this month-long Research Internship, you will analyse the coding architecture and logic behind the design of chatbots. You will explore areas for optimisation and improvement, writing up your own solutions to these problems, and with your Mentor and fellow interns, you’ll co-author a paper on the topic for publication.

Please note that due to the nature of this internship, places are extremely limited.

 

Location Online
Type Academic Research Internship (learn more about the types of internships)
Days Saturdays from 2-5pm UK time
Dates Saturdays 1st October, 8th October, 15th October, 22nd October 2022
Fees £995
Notes
  • Interns are expected to be present for all their sessions, though if an intern can’t make a particular date they will be given work to complete in order to ensure they still get value from the internship.
  • Interns can expect to spend a minimum of three hours a week working on their project outside of the live contact hours.

Economics & Finance Internship

If you’re interested in studying Economics, international development or working in business/finance in the future, an academic research Internship with Oxford Scholastica is the perfect way to taste university-level research and make your application stand out from the crowd.

Guided by your Mentor, an academic researcher, you’ll collaborate with interns from around the globe. You’ll co-author a research paper on a cutting edge topic in Economics for publication in an academic journal (learn more about our research internships).

These month-long online Economics internships will equip you with the skills and knowledge to evaluate the latest Economics research, and you’ll be able to contribute your own ideas at an early stage in your educational career.

You’ll conclude the internship having gained valuable work experience in Economics and Finance, as well as a Letter of Recommendation.

Please note that due to the nature of these Internships, places are extremely limited.

You can view our latest Economics internships below.

business internship
October Internship (Saturdays): Nudge Theory and Behavioural Economics
The choices we make are always influenced by the environment in which we make them. Nudge theory is an emerging branch of behavioural economics which argues that desirable behaviours can be encouraged by tweaking aspects of the environment to ‘nudge’ people towards doing the right thing without needing to either force them or persuade them to do it.

Nudge theory, if shown to work, could revolutionise the way governments manage populations, businesses relate to consumers, and non-profits communicate with the public.

During this month-long Internship, you’ll research the effectiveness of Nudge Theory, its uses, and its potential impact on the global economy.

Collaborating with your fellow interns, you’ll undertake research on this cutting-edge topic, and (with your Mentor) you’ll co-author an academic research paper for publication.

Please note that due to the nature of this internship, places are extremely limited.

 

Location Online
Type Academic Research Internship (learn more about the types of internships)
Days Saturdays from 2-5pm UK time
Dates Saturdays 1st October, 8th October, 15th October, 22nd October 2022
Fees £995
Notes
  • Interns are expected to be present for all their sessions, though if an intern can’t make a particular date they will be given work to complete in order to ensure they still get value from the internship.
  • Interns can expect to spend a minimum of three hours a week working on their project outside of the live contact hours.
Engineering Internship for teenagers

Engineering Internship

If you’re interested in Engineering or considering a career as an engineer in the future, a research Internship with Oxford Scholastica is an opportunity to explore the latest developments in Engineering and prepare for your future as an engineer.

Supported by your Mentor, an academic researcher in Engineering, you’ll work in a team of Engineering interns from around the world. You’ll undertake your own research on a cutting-edge topic in Engineering and technology, and together with your Mentor you’ll co-author a research paper for publication in an academic journal (learn more about our research internships).

This month-long online Internship will introduce you to an exciting topic in the field of technology and Engineering, and will give you the skills and knowledge you need to understand the latest developments in the field. Publishing a research paper under your own name at this early stage in your educational career is an outstanding achievement for your future university applications.

You’ll conclude the internship having gained impressive Engineering work experience, as well as a Letter of Recommendation.

Please note that due to the nature of these Internships, places are extremely limited.

You can view our latest Engineering internships below.

November Internship (Saturdays): Public E-Bikes and Human-First Design

Cities the world over have seen the rise of E-Bike docking stations in the last few years. Fast gaining popularity, these flexible hire systems are proving more popular than traditional pushbike hire in many locations, leading some governments to view them as a viable alternative to cars in congested, polluted urban centres. But are they currently optimally designed? Are there technical improvements to be made? And how can we ensure they’re designed for humans first?

During this month-long internship, you’ll research the unique engineering that powers E-Bikes, and you’ll analyse the design and engineering challenges they pose for city planners. You’ll design and write up your own solutions to these problems and, with your Mentor and fellow interns, you’ll co-author a paper on the topic for publication.

Please note that due to the nature of this internship, places are extremely limited.

 

Location Online
Type Academic Research Internship (learn more about the types of internships)
Days Saturdays from 2-5pm UK time
Dates Saturdays 5th November, 12th November, 19th November, 26th November 2022
Fees £995
Notes
  • Interns are expected to be present for all their sessions, though if an intern can’t make a particular date they will be given work to complete in order to ensure they still get value from the internship.
  • Interns can expect to spend a minimum of three hours a week working on their project outside of the live contact hours.

Law Internship

If you’re passionate about Law or keen to explore a career as a lawyer in the future, an academic research Internship with Oxford Scholastica will give you a real taste of university-level legal research and prepare you for a future in Law.

Guided by your Mentor, an academic researcher, you’ll collaborate with interns from around the globe. You’ll co-author a research paper on a cutting edge topic in Law for publication in an academic journal (learn more about our research internships).

These month-long online law internships will equip you with the skills and knowledge to evaluate the latest legal research, and you’ll be able to contribute your own ideas at an early stage in your educational career – an exceptional opportunity to stand out from the crowd when it comes to competitive university applications.

You’ll conclude the internship having gained hard-to-find legal work experience, as well as a Letter of Recommendation.

Please note that due to the nature of these Internships, places are extremely limited.

You can view our latest Law internships below.

Scales of justice from a law internship
November Internship (Sundays): The Laws of Global Health
When you think of a global public health emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic, Intellectual Property Law might not be the first topic that springs to mind. However, the legality of licensing vaccinations will be crucial in mitigating the potentially devastating impacts of the next pandemic.

This month-long research Internship will see you critically examine the imperative for a pharmaceutical response to global health emergencies. For those interested in taking a more reflective approach, interns will also explore differences in the availability of different vaccines in different parts of the world, and interrogate inequalities in the existing system.

The Internship will centre on the legal side of the issue, but will encourage the growth of a truly interdisciplinary knowledge base, suiting it to those interested in pursuing Law, Medicine, Public Health, Policy and NGO work in the future.

Collaborating with your fellow interns, you’ll undertake your own research on this cutting-edge topic, and (with your Mentor) you’ll co-author an academic research paper for publication.

Please note that due to the nature of this internship, places are extremely limited.

 

Location Online
Type Academic Research Internship (learn more about the types of internships)
Days Sundays from 2-5pm UK time
Dates Sundays 6th November, 13th November, 20th November, 27th November 2022
Fees £995
Notes
  • Interns are expected to be present for all their sessions, though if an intern can’t make a particular date they will be given work to complete in order to ensure they still get value from the internship.
  • Interns can expect to spend a minimum of three hours a week working on their project outside of the live contact hours.
A phrenology photo from a Psychology internship

Psychology & Neuroscience Internship

If you’re interested in studying Psychology, Neuroscience or working as a psychologist in the future, an academic research Internship with Oxford Scholastica is the perfect way to prepare to apply to competitive universities in the future.

Guided by your Mentor, an academic researcher, you’ll collaborate with interns from around the globe to co-author a research paper on a hot topic in Psychology/Neuroscience for publication in an academic journal (learn more about our research internships).

Our month-long online Psychology & Neuroscience internships will equip you with the skills and knowledge to evaluate the latest research, and you’ll be able to contribute your ideas at an early stage in your academic career.

You’ll conclude the internship having gained valuable work experience, as well as a Letter of Recommendation, helping you to stand out from the crowd.

Please note that due to the nature of these Internships, places are extremely limited.

You can view our latest Psychology internships below.

October Internship (Saturdays): The Psychology of Personality Disorders

People with personality disorders experience the world very differently to others, but the psychological causes of personality disorders are still largely unknown.

On this month-long Internship, you’ll explore the psychology and neuroscience of personality disorders. You’ll research the latest studies of the causes of personality disorders, explore the current diagnostic criteria, and analyse the effectiveness of the various treatments currently available.

Collaborating with your fellow interns, you’ll undertake your own research on this cutting-edge topic, and (with your Mentor) you’ll co-author an academic research paper for publication.

Please note that due to the nature of this internship, places are extremely limited.

 

Location Online
Type Academic Research Internship (learn more about the types of internships)
Days Saturdays from 2-5pm UK time
Dates Saturdays 1st October, 8th October, 15th October, 22nd October 2022
Fees £995
Notes
  • Interns are expected to be present for all their sessions, though if an intern can’t make a particular date they will be given work to complete in order to ensure they still get value from the internship.
  • Interns can expect to spend a minimum of three hours a week working on their project outside of the live contact hours.
November Internship (Sundays): The Rise of Neurotechnology

What would you do if you could read or even manipulate other people’s minds? Neurotechnology is a rapidly growing field doing just that; brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) already allow individuals to move prosthetic arms and fingers by thought alone. We implant electrodes into deep areas of the brain to treat diseases such as Parkinson’s and Epilepsy. In the future, we may even be able to use neurotechnology to develop artificial eyes with integrated cameras to restore eyesight in people with visual impairments.

During this month-long Research Internship, you will analyse a variety of neurotechnology applications in Medical treatments, gaining knowledge on disorders of the nervous system, and cutting-edge stimulation and monitoring systems, all while considering challenges in neurotechnology and evaluating ethical considerations.

Collaborating with your fellow interns, you’ll undertake your own research on this cutting-edge topic, and (with your Mentor) you’ll co-author an academic research paper for publication.

Please note that due to the nature of this internship, places are extremely limited.

 

Location Online
Type Academic Research Internship (learn more about the types of internships)
Days Sundays from 2-5pm UK time
Dates Sundays 6th November, 13th November, 20th November, 27th November 2022
Fees £995
Notes
  • Interns are expected to be present for all their sessions, though if an intern can’t make a particular date they will be given work to complete in order to ensure they still get value from the internship.
  • Interns can expect to spend a minimum of three hours a week working on their project outside of the live contact hours.

Social Impact & Development Internship

If you’re interested in not-for-profit work, international development or management consulting, a Social Impact Internship with Oxford Scholastica is the perfect way to get hands-on work experience.

Guided by your Mentor, you’ll collaborate with interns from around the globe to design a strategic plan for a UK charity, and you’ll pitch it to key decision-makers at the organisation (learn more about our host organisation Internships).

Our month-long online Social Impact & Development internships will equip you with the skills and knowledge to conduct market research and create a recommended strategy for a non-profit, allowing you to contribute to their work and maximise their social impact.

You’ll conclude the internship having gained valuable work experience, as well as a Letter of Recommendation, helping you to stand out from the crowd.

Please note that due to the nature of these Internships, places are extremely limited.

You can view our latest Social Impact internships below.

Social Impact Internship
November Internship (Saturdays): Strategy & Marketing Internship
Would you like to gain experience working with a real charity, helping them to maximise their fundraising and volunteer recruitment? Are you looking to build practical skills in Marketing, Business or Management Consulting?

In this Strategy & Marketing Internship, you’ll work with Jacari, an award-winning UK education charity, to build a year-round strategy focused on solving a real problem the charity is facing post-COVID: a simultaneous drop in volunteer numbers and donations.

Working alongside a senior member of the Jacari team and an expert Marketing mentor, you will collaborate to produce and perfect a professional marketing strategy. You’ll present your strategy to members of the charity’s board, and develop a range of professional skills along the way.

This month-long online Internship is perfect experience if you’re looking to build a career in Business, Marketing, PR or the charitable sector in the future.

Please note that due to the nature of this internship, places are extremely limited.

 

Location Online
Type Host Organisation Internship (learn more about the types of internships)
Days Saturdays from 2-5pm UK time
Dates Saturdays 5th November, 12th November, 19th November, 26th November 2022
Fees £995
Notes
  • Interns are expected to be present for all their sessions, though if an intern can’t make a particular date they will be given work to complete in order to ensure they still get value from the internship.
  • Interns can expect to spend a minimum of three hours a week working on their project outside of the live contact hours.

“This internship was such an insightful and engaging experience, which taught me the skills needed to become a business consultant. Every live session was jam packed with useful information and tips while also being fun and engaging. I highly recommend this programme!” – Catherine, Luxembourg

A group of young students meeting virtually for their online internship.

Types of Internship

 

We have two types of internship which you can experience:

Academic research

You’ll work with an academic researcher to research a field of interest within your chosen subject. You’ll collaborate with your fellow interns to research and co-author an academic paper, supported by your Mentor.

At the end of the internship, your paper will be reviewed by your Mentor and if it is of sufficient standard it will be submitted for publication in our in-house academic journal, OxJournal, which is distributed to schools around the world. Exceptional papers may be submitted to other external academic publications instead, depending on the decision of your Mentor.

Because of the nature of academic publications, it can take a bit of time for papers to be reviewed, accepted and published. The publication may ask for further revisions to be made to your paper before publication, or may decide not to publish your paper. Typically your work will be published around 2-3 months after the end of your internship.

Host organisation

You’ll work with a host organisation, such as a company or a charity, to fulfil a piece of work required by that organisation. You will have regular contact with the host organisation, and will also be supported by one of our Mentors who will guide and coach you throughout the work experience.

At the end of the internship, you’ll typically present your findings to the organisation in the form of a presentation and/or a written submission.

Meet some of our Mentors

Psychology Mentor Ellen Froustis

Ellen Froustis

Ellen Froustis is one of our Psychology Mentors. She is a researcher at the University of Oxford, and has both a Master’s of Education and a Master’s in Clinical Psychology. Ellen has served as General Secretary of the Greek Adlerian Psychological Association and Vice President of Habitat for Humanity. Her work has been awarded by the Nobel Peace Laureates’ Billion Acts of Peace and Character.Org for best practices in character education.

Neuroscience Mentor Faissal Sharif

Faissal Sharif

Faissal Sharif is one of our Neuroscience Mentors. He is a researcher in Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford, where he focuses on novel neurotechnology to fight mental disorders. Faissal has worked with organisations such as the European Space Agency, and has received numerous fellowships, including from the Foundation of German Economy (SDW). He also lectures at the IU International University of Applied Sciences.

A young student preparing her internship presentation

Why Take An Online Internship?

Our online internships give you the chance to go beyond the theory and experience what a career in your chosen field is really like.

Over the course of your internship, you’ll work with an expert to solve real-world problems, get an insider’s perspective into your chosen field, and produce a valuable piece of work, such as a final report or an article for publication. This unique experience will leave you better informed and better prepared to pursue your future goals.

What Do You Gain Out Of An Internship?

At the end of the internship, you’ll have gained a network of contacts from around the world, hands-on insights into your field, and crucial experience for your university applications and future CV.

1. Real-World Experience

Work on a real-life project or research, develop your skills and make an impact

2. Timeless Collaboration Skills

Collaborate with a team of like-minded interns from around the globe and learn to work with diverse individuals from different cultures and backgrounds

3. A Polished Resume (CV)

Enhance your university application and future resume, supported by a Letter of Recommendation from your Mentor (performance-dependent)

Certificate & Letter of Recommendation

  • On successful completion of your internship, you’ll be awarded an Oxford Scholastica Academy certificate
  • You (and your family) will be invited to an online Graduation Ceremony with your fellow students, to celebrate your achievements
  • In addition, you’ll receive a Letter of Recommendation written by your Mentor – which will help to give you the edge when you come to apply to university
student certificate on completion of internship
A young high school student wearing headphones and taking notes in front of her computer for an online internship meeting

Students

  • Students aged 15-18 (from all over the world), with a real interest in their chosen field, participate in our remote internship programme
  • You’ll collaborate with a team of other students
  • Students hail from countries such as the United States, Malaysia, India, Italy and the United Kingdom

Mentors

  • Throughout your internship, you’ll work closely with a Mentor who is an expert in the field
  • Your Mentor is a young professional or academic with experience of studying and working in your chosen field
  • They will help you push your ideas further in order to produce the best possible piece of work and ensure that you make the most of the opportunities given
A mentor teaching his interns
A group of young interns on a virtual call

Schedule

  • On-Boarding: On the first day, you’ll be introduced to the project, as well as your Mentor and fellow interns. During the internship, you’ll work with a small group of other interns from around the world on the task, supported by your Mentor, and will produce a real piece of work that will have a genuine impact
  • Live Sessions: The internship includes 12 hours of live contact time, when you’ll be online with your teammates and your Mentor. Please see the details of the internship you’re interested in for the timings
  • After Hours: In order to complete your final project, you’ll be expected to work with your team outside of your live contact hours. You’ll decide between you how best to split the tasks, which may include conducting research, drafting your written work and preparing presentations

Online Internship Dates & Prices

Month Days and Times Subjects Start Date End Date Price Next Step
October Internships Saturdays, 2-5pm UK time 1st Oct 2022 22nd Oct 2022 £995 Reserve
November Internships Saturdays, 2-5pm UK time 5th Nov 2022 26th Nov 2022 £995 Reserve
November Internships Sundays, 2-5pm UK time 6th Nov 2022 27th Nov 2022 £995 Reserve

FAQs about our Online Internships

How do I apply to my chosen internship?

Please apply by filling in our application form. In the form, we’d like to hear about why you’d like to do your chosen internship, so that we can ensure that all interns get as much as possible out of the experience.

Is there an application deadline?

There is no fixed deadline, as we assess applications on a rolling basis until we’re full. We’ll reply to your application with a decision within one working day.

What will I get at the end of the internship?

At the discretion of your Mentor, depending on your performance, you’ll receive a Letter of Recommendation after your internship. You’ll also leave with a better understanding of what it’s like to work in your chosen field, a network of contacts from around the world, and the valuable experience of real problem-solving or research.

On our Academic Research Internships, you'll also have the chance to have your work published in an academic journal online, and you'll be able to share the link with your family, friends and in future applications.

Can I do more than one internship at a time?

We love your enthusiasm, but it’s unfortunately not possible to do more than one internship at the same time, given the time you’ll need to dedicate to your project. However, many students choose to join us for multiple internships, in the same or different subjects, over time.

Do I need any special software or equipment in order to join my internship?

You don’t need any special software or equipment – just a quiet space in which to work and a reliable internet connection. You’ll be provided with a login to the software you’ll use to communicate with your team and your Mentor.

Who will my Mentor be?

Your Mentor is a young professional or academic with experience of studying and working in your chosen field. They will support you and your fellow interns throughout the internship, helping to push your ideas further and ensuring that you make the most of the opportunities given.

Is the internship suitable for international students?

Absolutely. As long as you’re able to be online each day at the specified time with your Mentor and your team, you’re welcome to join us from any time zone and any country! We’re very excited to welcome students from around the world to our events each year.

What do you do in a virtual internship?

During the internship, students will work with a group of other interns from around the world on a challenging project or area of research. Supported by their Mentor, students will produce real work that will have an impact.

Do online internships pay?

Students enrolled in our internship programme don’t get paid, but they are beneficial to teenagers who want to gain experience in specific areas without the long-term time commitment and need to relocate for many other traditional internships.

Are online internships good for resumes?

Yes! Virtual internships provide valuable experience for students and a competitive edge in the current job market. They allow students to gain skills and real work experience without having to physically relocate.

Why do an online internship?

Online internships are a great way for high-school students to get a taste of real research or working life, without having to leave their home. Students can learn from experts and mentors from around the world and gain valuable skills in their field of choice. Students may receive a Letter of Recommendation at the end of their internship, and the opportunity to co-author an academic research paper or get real-life work experience.

Testimonials

The Psychology Internship was an amazing experience that challenged me and taught me how to think out of the box. I learned so much about the subject, and am looking forward to taking similar courses in future!

 

Headshot of Emma, an Oxford online Internship

Emma,
China, Psychology & Neuroscience

A wonderful experience that equipped me with many valuable skills. I am forever grateful for the people that I was able to meet from all over the world and I would highly recommend this internship to anyone!

 

Headshot of Wei Law, an online Social Impact & Development intern

Wei Law,
UAE, Social Impact & Development

I found this internship opportunity very engaging and interesting! I was able to expand my knowledge on academic research and the international trade of COVID-19 vaccines, and I produced a research article of my own.

 

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Iyanu,
Indonesia, Economics & Finance

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