The Centre for Teaching and Learning's Student Experience Internship Scheme enables students to work in partnership with academics, educational developers and other stakeholders on defined projects that provide demonstrable benefits to students' learning experiences at Oxford.
The partnership design of the internship creates a unique and mutually beneficial opportunity for students and staff to work together to co-design and carry out an educational project, drawing on each other's areas of expertise and ideas. Staff benefit from the new perspectives, innovative ideas, and fresh energy that students bring to the project, alongside their unique ability to connect with, learn from and understand current students—enabling staff to learn from students they usually wouldn’t be able to reach. Students, in turn, benefit from valuable opportunities to contribute to an impactful piece of work that will improve future students’ experiences, gain real-world experience working in higher education, and develop their research and professional skills.
Year on year, it is incredible to see how the Centre for Teaching and Learning internship is able to bring students and staff together to co-design impactful projects and take on a shared responsibility for bettering Oxford's student support structures.
As a staff member involved in these projects, I can vouch for how much we value the insights and expertise that the interns bring, having recently experienced what it is like to be students at Oxford. It is also so great to see how much each intern grows over the course of the internship, both in terms of their professional skills and their understanding that their opinions matter and are valued by the University.
Lauren Bolz, Educational Development Project Officer, Centre for Teaching and Learning
Find out more
Internship Scheme 2023: Working in partnership with students to investigate students' digital needs (project 1) and develop an academic skills hub proposal (project 2).
Internship Scheme 2022: Working in partnership with students to scope academic literacies support at Oxford.
Internship Scheme 2021: Working in partnership with students to embed inclusive teaching practices at Oxford.
Internship Scheme 2020: Drawing on student experiences to support teaching and learning at Oxford.