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We hope the following list of internship opportunities might be of interest for BBSRC DTP students.

Oxford University Innovation Licensing & Ventures Internship

Oxford University Innovation Licensing & Ventures Internship

Join the team at Oxford University Innovation to help Oxford ideas come to life

Closing Date 01 August 2021

About Oxford University Innovation


Oxford University Innovation (OUI) is the technology transfer company of Oxford University. 


With around 80 staff and an annual revenue close to £20M, OUI receives hundreds of invention disclosures from University colleagues each year, many of which result in new patents. As a result, the company manages a large and diverse portfolio of intellectual property and our licensing and ventures team work to bring these ideas to industry through licence deals with commercial partners or creating new companies called spinouts.


OUI executes around 120 commercial licence deals per year enabling access to Oxford technology and has created more university spinout companies than any other technology transfer office in Europe. In fact, since it opened its doors in 1987, OUI has created over 180 spinouts, from world leading technology companies to social enterprises.  Remarkably, half of these have been created in the past five years in a phenomenon called the “Oxford Boom”.


Oxford University spinout companies have collectively raised over £2.5 bn since 2011, with over a half billion raised in the last 12 months alone. And Oxford has the largest university venturing fund focused on a single institution in the world – Oxford Sciences Innovation.  

What we offer in our Internship


   Oxford University Innovation has created a new and exciting internship opportunity. Interns in our Licensing & Ventures Group will work alongside members of the core team in the management of projects, assisting with other activities in the Licensing & Ventures Group and enabling the transfer of as much technology as possible from Oxford University.


In addition to gaining experience supporting specific commercialisation projects, interns will also receive training and mentoring to develop their technology transfer skills and build awareness and understanding of the key principles and requirements of this exciting industry.


Representative activities which you may be involved with:


  • Networking with researchers to help build a vibrant culture of entrepreneurship and enterprise across the University 
  • Assisting with the assessment of new invention disclosures, including market evaluation and novelty searches
  • Assisting with building business cases
  • Assisting with patenting the technology including collaborating with external patent attorneys.
  • Assisting with preparations and decision-making for archiving a project, if it has not been successful. 
  • Assisting with preparing applications to university funding schemes.
  • Assisting with creating high quality marketing materials
  • Assisting with identifying and actively seeking out potential customers for Oxford technology.
  • Assisting with negotiating licence deals.


  • Assisting with the formation of new companies where appropriate.
  • Promoting OUI in the research community through active involvement in internal marketing activities.
  • Playing an active role in creating a high performing team within the Group, e.g. positive participation in team meetings and company events.
  • Playing an active part in building strong professional relationships and an environment which is positive and goal-orientated.
  • Assisting the Patent and Licence Administration Team with patent and licence administration and data entry as required.
  • Working constructively with all OUI administrators, providing clear information and requests in a timely manner and liaising with Head of Group to assist with prioritising group administrators’ work.
  • Supporting the creation of new content for the OUI website.

What skills and experience will you need to bring?

Innovation is a broad and diverse family. Applicants should be enrolled on a degree or post graduate programme, but other than an enquiring mind and a keen interest in how university research can create positive societal or environmental impact, applications from candidates studying any subject will be considered. The successful intern will work on a broad range of projects and where possible will also have the opportunity to work on projects that match their background.


Successful applicants will demonstrate a passion for entrepreneurship and enterprise, and ideally possess some experience of related activities. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that their internship will be fully funded by an approved third-party scheme1 and be available to work on a 3 month full-time or 6 month part-time basis. Successful candidates will also need to demonstrate excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills and strong communication skills, both verbally and in writing.



Application Process

Please send a CV with accompanying letter stating relevant experience and interests to This is an open call with no specific deadline. During the significant disruption caused by COVID-19, the current programme is expected to be largely home based and will be subject to UK government guidance on safe working practices. 

Sense about Science internships

Sense about Science internships


Closing Date 31 January 2021

Sense about Science have new opportunities available for internships from Easter 2021 onwards. The internships are currently running on a work-from-home basis in accordance with government guidelines, and this is likely to remain the case at least until Easter. 

Sense about Science is an independent campaigning charity that champions the public interest in sound science and ensures evidence is recognised in public life and policymaking. We challenge misrepresentation of science and evidence, advocate openness and honesty about research, and strive to open up socially or scientifically difficult issues where evidence is neglected, conflicting or misunderstood.

Description of the internship

An internship at Sense about Science is a very rewarding experience, as no two days are the same. It is a fulfilling way to work across communications, policy and public engagement and develop key professional skills and contacts that will serve you well in your future. Depending on the timing of your placement, you'll be able to work on a number of projects and programmes:

  • Voice of Young Science: The opportunity to contribute to the organisation of a Voice of Young Science (VoYS) workshop and help to facilitate the event on the day. VoYS is a unique and dynamic network of early career researchers across Europe committed to playing an active role in public discussions about science. By responding to public misconceptions about science and evidence and engaging with the media, policymakers and the public, this active community of 3,000+ researchers is changing the way the public and the media view science and scientists. Members are trained to promote scientific questioning in society and take responsibility for improving the quality of discussion about research findings. Our Standing up for Science workshops equip researchers to engage with the public, journalists and policymakers – helping them to ask useful questions and put research findings and real-world events in context. Organising a workshop will give you the opportunity to develop organisational and communication skills and learn about effective public, policy and media engagement.
  • Evidence Week in Parliament: Evidence Week is our flagship policy event where we bring together MPs, researchers and community groups to discuss the case that evidence matters to people. They share knowledge and insights that will help politicians to scrutinise evidence. The week involves events and briefings, as well as evidence stands that parliamentarians can visit. This is an amazing opportunity for anyone interested in evidence-based policymaking, as you will have the inside track into the organisation of Evidence Week. You will have opportunities to engage directly with MPs and policy advisers. In 2020, this event is going ahead as an online event in November. In 2021, you will work closely with the policy manager to organise Evidence Week, with the senior communications officer to deliver the communications programme around Evidence Week, and with the team to effectively deliver the events in the summer. It is an opportunity to develop organisational and communication skills.
  • John Maddox Prize: The John Maddox Prize recognises the work of individuals who promote science and evidence, advancing the public discussion around difficult topics despite challenges or hostility. The prize is a joint initiative of Sense about Science and the leading international scientific journal Nature. The prize has been awarded annually since 2012 to researchers who have shown great courage and integrity in standing up for science and scientific reasoning against fierce opposition and hostility. Each year there is one winner, and an additional prize for an early career researcher. You will contribute towards compiling nominations and working with the team to shortlist nominations, ready for the judging to take place in the autumn. It is an opportunity to learn organisational and evaluation skills, and get to know the work of some amazing researchers around the world who are striving to stand up for science and evidence.

To apply, send your CV and a cover letter outlining how your skills match the requirements to Dr Hamid Khan, Senior Partnerships Coordinator:

Closing date: 5pm, 31 January 2021

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