The Oxbow Partners Summer Internship programme runs for 8 weeks during July and August. You can apply to be part of either our Consulting or Market Intelligence business.
We are looking for enthusiastic candidates who have the analytical capabilities and communication skills to succeed in the large strategy consulting firms, but the entrepreneurial creativity to thrive in a boutique. You must be comfortable with ambiguity, see solutions where others see problems and be able to communicate ideas effectively. Equally important, you must be smart but humble, self-motivated but collaborative, focused but easy going.
Insurance is a fascinating industry that touches every aspect of life. It pays for your recovery from a sport’s injury, protects African farmers and their families from the impact of a drought, pays for mega-events like Floridian storms by balancing the risk against Japanese earthquakes, and more. It is intellectually challenging, providing everything from general marketing through to sophisticated risk modelling.
Whilst our focus is on the insurance industry, we do not require any specific background or knowledge of insurance or even financial services. We look for a strong track record of achievement. A strong academic record is essential, and evidence of success in areas such as enterprise, sport or the arts is highly desirable.
We embrace diversity and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills.
Whether you join our Consulting or Market Intelligence teams, you will be treated as a full member of the team from day one and be involved in both client delivery and business development. You can find out what previous year’s interns did here.
You will support all aspects of client engagements, including researching and analysing information, developing and testing hypothesis, and building client deliverables. Depending on the engagement, you will be responsible for your own parts of projects (working closely with the rest of the team), present your work in internal meetings, and attend client meetings (often in other countries).
You will receive training through the programme as well as coaching and mentoring on projects. You will also be assigned a buddy to provide guidance and support, helping you to develop your skills.
I was given a lot of responsibility as an intern and always felt my opinions were valued. The friendly and collaborative team readily offered support and provided a great environment to quickly develop skills. I got to work on interesting projects alongside the partners.
Freddie Denison-Smith, Summer Intern 2019
Having had the opportunity to work with fellow interns, consultants and partners alike, my time at Oxbow Partners has been extremely interesting and varied. I have learnt a lot about insurance and consulting, but it is thanks to everyone at Oxbow that the internship has been so enjoyable.
Isabelle Goodridge, Summer Intern 2020
Interning with Oxbow Partners had been an incredibly rewarding experience. I was given the opportunity to work on a high-profile project from day one and could see the impact my contributions were having. Every member of the team is friendly and always happy to help.
Jake Harrison Woods, Summer Intern 2020
Applications for our Summer 2021 programme are now open and close on 10th January.
You need to upload your CV (max 1 page) and answer the following question:
“In a year where COVID-19 has disrupted almost every area of life, how have you overcome a challenge posed by the pandemic and what do you see as the lasting impacts of the pandemic?” (max 300 words)
Successful candidates will be invited to an initial screening interview within 2 weeks of applications closing. The interview process is as follows:
We do not offer longer internships because we believe it is important for students to enjoy their long holidays while they still have them. We also believe that shorter internships are less valuable to either the intern or us because by the time you are up to speed, the internship has finished.
We have a strong track record of hiring our interns. Several of our current permanent team are former interns.