Sustainability is a growing, multi-disciplinary field that is becoming a priority in many organisations. Our TBL: Training Better Leaders Programme is designed to help students gain relevant, engaging and interesting work experience in sustainability. We offer international and local placements for students and recent graduates to gain experience working in organizations on socio-economic and environmental issues through a variety of projects. As part of the programme, we also offer a sustainability skills training that allows students to develop and practice crucial skills for the workplace, while networking with peers and professionals.

Internship opportunities for 2018

Information for Oxford students

Are you interested in a career in Sustainability?

Sustainability roles offer exciting careers in businesses, government and the third sector – and an internship is the best way to check if this is for you. If you are a current Oxford student, read more to find out how to get involved.

Information for host organisations

Are you looking for motivated young people to work on sustainability issues? Would you like to connect with the University of Oxford and work with talented graduates who could become a real asset to your team? Read more to find out how to get your organisation involved.

Training courses

The Training Better Leaders course accounts for the three pillars of sustainability - environmental, social and financial. It aims to improve sustainability literacy and skills for young professionals and to equip them with the tools they need going forward into global leadership roles. Find out more.

The ECI’s Sustainability Internship Programme is an extremely important strand in our mission.

The internship programme helps us to equip the next generation of environmental leaders with the skills, experience and networks that they will need to make a real contribution to sustainability during their careers.

Professor Jim Hall, Director ECI

Jim Hall

Intern experiences

Emily Martin

"I was given my own project to work on during my eight weeks there, culminating in a presentation to the company’s Brand Manager and CEO."

ECI Intern 2015 with KeepCup | Undergraduate student on PPE course

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Felix Bischoff

"I worked on a project aiming to identify and quantify water-related risks in GSK's global supply chain and operations. The experience was an excellent first-hand insight into working on corporate sustainability issues."

ECI Intern 2014 at GlaxoSmithKline | Graduate student on MSc in Environmental Change and Management

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Katie Fensome

"I've been working for 3 months as a GIS and remote sensing intern for the Bruno Manser Fonds, a Swiss NGO which supports the indigenous Penan of Malaysian Borneo to protect and sustainably manage their forests."

ECI Intern 2014 at 3Keel | Graduate student on MSc in Evidence Based Social Intervention

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By the end of the 10 weeks, the interns were delivering their own projects to the same level we would expect from much more experienced permanent colleagues in our team. It is definitely a programme I can recommend, and one we will be using again.

Tesco plc

Financial support from: Santander

In association with: Internship Office