MSc 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 you 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 2024-2025 we are looking for one student volunteer, to assist with developing and managing our communications. This would involve working with Dr Andriani Fili and Prof Mary Bosworth, 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 (X (formely 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 email by the end of MT 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 an Oxford Criminology MSc student to engage in research for the Death Penalty Project (DPP) and Oxford Criminology’s Death Penalty Research Unit (DPRU). The internship would begin in Michaelmas term. The intern would conduct research for a new project on abolitionist de facto countries in the Caribbean and Africa, and the barriers perceived by policymakers and governments in moving towards full abolition. The successful applicant will work under the supervision of Daniel Cullen of the DPRU. If you would like to apply, please email by the end of MT week 2 and explain what relevant skills or experience you can bring to the role.

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

This group is an opportunity for serving prisoners and students to meet together, discuss agreed readings and other topics of interest. The group takes place at nearby prision, HMP Huntercombe and students will also be able to meet prison managers and see the prison.  The group will run over two full days with morning and afternoon sessions. There may also be a further group opportunity in a different prison, tbc. A maximum of six students per visit. Please let know my MT week 2 if you would like the join the group in Michaelmas Term 2024. Only student in the Prison option course will be able to join the group. 

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