Student Volunteering Opportunities

The Centre for Criminology is pleased to support a number of volunteering opportunities for our MSc and DPhil students through which they can gain experience of policy and practice while also engaging with local and national organisations and institutions. Offered in partnership with outside groups, these opportunities allow students to develop a range of transferable skills. Depending on our budget, we try to offer students a small honorarium. Please contact us if have an idea that could be included in this list.

Please apply for ONLY ONE internship as there is insufficient time on the MSc for participating fully in more than one.

Border Criminologies Communications research internships

Based at the Centre for Criminology, Border Criminologies is an international research network focusing on the growing intersection between criminal justice and immigration control. In 2021-2022 we are looking for two student volunteers, to assist with developing and managing our communication strategy. This would involve working with our Associate Directors for Blog and Communications (Andriani Fili and Dr Sanja Milivojevic), and liaising with the wider Border Criminologies team to plan and develop content. Work could include helping to manage the social media channels and ensuring BC visibility (Twitter, Facebook, YouTube), or developing new content e.g. via podcasting, or through data visualization. There may be work available to assist with report writing as well. If you would like to apply, please write directly to Dr Joris de Henau by the end of week 2 and explain what relevant skills or experience you can bring to the role. One of our core group members is particularly interested in working with someone with podcasting skills.

Collaborative Immigration Law Clinic at HMP Huntercombe

The Centre for Criminology, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and Turpin & Miller established a collaborative immigration law clinic at HMP Huntercombe in 2018. The clinic occurs every fortnight in the prison. Students are overseen by solicitor Tom Giles, and supported by Prof. Mary Bosworth. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about legal practice and about asylum and immigration law. It is a year-long commitment. Information about this opportunity is circulated in week 0 of Michaelmas term each year by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights.

Death Penalty Project-Oxford Criminology Research Internships

We have available an opportunity for one or two Oxford Criminology MSc students to engage in research for the Death Penalty Project (DPP) and Oxford Criminology’s Death Penalty Research Unit (DPRU). The internships would begin in Michaelmas term. The interns would conduct research for a new ‘Mapping Death Row’ project on drugs and the death penalty in Asia, working under the supervision of Daniel Cullen and Jocelyn Hutton of the DPRU. They would help with the preparation of brief country reports, with a focus on Southeast Asia. If you would like to apply, please email by the end of week 3 and explain what relevant skills or experience you can bring to the role.

The Sentencing Academy

The Sentencing Academy is a research and engagement charitable incorporated organisation dedicated to developing expert and public understanding of sentencing in England and Wales. It encourages the Government to implement effective sentencing practices and informs public debate about sentencing, acting as a bridge between those with expert knowledge of sentencing, the public, and policy makers. There is an opportunity for at least one student to volunteer at the Sentencing academy each year. 

Studying prison with prisoners: The Oxford-HMP Huntercombe reading group

In 2019 the Centre for Criminology established a reading group at nearby prison, HMP Huntercombe. In conjunction with a group of prisoners, students devised a reading list and visited the prison twice a term to meet and discuss the readings. Since the pandemic the reading group has been on hiatus. Please let Dr Joris de Henau know by Friday of Week 2 if you would like to participate in a similar initiative in Hilary term 2022. Preference will be given to students in the Prison Option.


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