The University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School will launch a pre-MBA internship program this year designed to introduce students to new work opportunities before they start the one-year, full-time MBA program. The school is introducing the program so that participants can crystallize their career interests and gain a competitive edge in their chosen career sector before embarking on the full-time degree.
“Many students undertake an MBA to make a career change either by sector, role or geographical region, but in today’s economic climate making that shift is difficult and MBAs need to stand out from the crowd,” says Derek Walker, Director of Careers at Saïd Business School.
“Our new pre-MBA internship programme will help students to be better equipped to respond to the challenging job market and to find post-MBA work in new industries. It is a unique programme designed to introduce students to new work opportunities, evaluate a prospective employer and potentially secure a full-time job offer.”
The pre-MBA internship will be 8-12 weeks in length and will conclude before the start of the MBA program in October. Candidates with a clear and consistent career development plan may apply for one of the 10 internships initially being made available once accepted onto the MBA program, and they must be committed to work for the selected industry post-MBA.
The Careers Service at the Saïd Business School says it will work in collaboration with members of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) to source internship opportunities for the selected students.