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On-campus experience

There are numerous opportunities for you to gain work experience across our campuses. Many of these are advertised on the Essex CareerHub vacancy board. However, there are many other ways to gain valuable experience and get involved, such as our frontrunners and Student Ambassadors schemes which also offer paid work experience.

The Big Essex Award allows you to get recognition for your extra-curricular activities, which once completed will be recorded on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report), the new online transcript. All the opportunities detailed here count towards the award.

  • Paid opportunities

    Most on-campus jobs will be advertised on the Essex CareerHub vacancy board at various times throughout the year. Here's a selection of some to lookout for:

    Accommodation Essex

    What? Accommodation Essex have temporary housekeeper/porter positions available starting in June. The term of the employment can be anything from two weeks to four months dependent on business needs.

    When? Advertised: April/May. Interviews: mid-May.

    How? All vacancies will be on CareerHub but for more information visit the South Courts Accommodation Office or telephone 01206 874274.

    Alumni Fund Callers

    What? The Alumni Office are looking for confident, enthusiastic and savvy telephone fundraisers to help raise awareness of the University’s philanthropic initiatives, particularly the Women of the Future Appeal, and to ask for donations from Alumni and friends of the University.

    When? Advertised: Mid-January. Application deadline: Early March. Role starts: April.

    How? The jobs will be advertised on CareerHub, but email for information in the meantime.

    Event Essex

    What? Event Essex conference team leaders and conference assistants. First point of contact for all conference guests, good customer service and admin skills require, good knowledge of campus is an advantage. Roles are full time from mid-June to mid-September

    When? Advertised: January. Interviews: March

    How? All vacancies will be on CareerHub. For more information visit the Event Essex office - 5N 5.6 off square 4 next to Santander.


    What? Frontrunners provides opportunities to those with little or no previous work experience via our Frontrunner level opportunities, and supports those who may have some previous experience, via Frontrunner Plus. Opportunities are part time, on campus, and amongst all areas of the University.

    When? Autumn and Summer Start dates. Check online for more information of when applications open.

    How? Frontrunners website

    Residence Life

    What? Residence Life builds a safe and inclusive community that supports students to grow and succeed at the University of Essex. We are a friendly team of students and staff to help students become involved and connected to their peers and university.

    When? Advertised: January. Application deadline: Early February. Interviews: February.

    How? Keep your eye out for information sessions when you return from winter break.

    Student Ambassadors

    What? Student Ambassadors are current students who help to promote the University and higher education. As a Student Ambassador you can get involved in a whole range of opportunities, in particular helping our Student Recruitment and Outreach teams. This includes supporting applicant days, open days, campus tours, higher education fairs, school talks, clearing, campus visits and summer schools. Those working with the Outreach team also provide help and advice about the different options available to those wanting to study at university in general.

    When? Thank you for your interest in applying for the role of Student Ambassador. Due to the current situation we have suspended all recruitment at the present time. If you have submitted an application form recently we will hold this and will contact you with updates once we are able to resume the application process.

    How? All vacancies, when open, will be on CareerHub. To find out more email

    Students' Union

    What? The SU are the biggest employer on campus - for good reason. Working while you study is a great way to boost your CV and earn yourself some pocket money. Opportunities exist in:

    • SU Bar, Top Bar, Level Up or Sub Zero
    • The Store, The Kitchen, The Burrow or Everything Essex
    • Reception, Advice Centre or Finance
    • Promotions and Marketing
    • Events and Entertainments
    • Premises

    When? Advertised: Large recruitment round in November, although opportunities may come up at other times.

    How? All vacancies will be on the SU website.

    UROP: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme

    What? UROP or the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme is our scheme for undergraduate students to become Research Assistants and join the academic community here at Essex. Placements are either 100, 150 or 200 hours long and are flexible around what suits the students. Check the UROP website for year group eligibility, rates of pay and more detailed information.

    When? Advertised throughout the year from the beginning of the Autumn term.

    How? On the UROP website

    Welcome assistants

    What? The Registration team are looking for highly motivated students who are passionate about making a positive contribution to the student experience to work as Welcome Assistants during this year’s Arrivals Day, and Registration event.

    The role includes working within the student residences meeting and greeting our new students and their families, answering general queries and signposting to key areas on campus, conducting post-registration questionnaires, covering areas that are understaffed, and acting as runners if needed.

    When? Role is advertised at the end of May. Students must be available to attend training on the Friday afternoon before Welcome Week.

    How? Information on how to apply will be available with the CareerHub advert.

  • Volunteering roles

    • SU vTeam: Fantastic volunteering opportunities for everyone to meet new people, find friends, give something to the community, and gain valuable careers skills on top of it!
    • SU St John Ambulance Links Opportunities for everyone to Learn First Aid, Volunteer and Save Lives. You can Join a growing Team of Volunteers who offer their free time to provide first aid cover at a range of events on campus throughout the year, as well as gaining valuable careers skills and qualifications!
    • SU Advice Centre: The SU Advice Centre recruits and trains volunteers to support their activities of providing free and confidential advice on pretty much any issue that might be affecting students.
    • Course Rep: Get elected as a Course Rep, to represent fellow students with any issues they might have regarding courses.
    • Nightline: A service run by students for the welfare of students. Nightline recruit volunteers to support the service.
    • Night Ninjas: Volunteer within the society to ensure that all students remain safe on campus on nights out, providing emotional support and being the good sober friend that everybody needs.

  • Get experience!

    • Sports & Societies: The SU provides a wide range of sports clubs, competitions, societies, volunteering and fundraising opportunities to get involved with.
    • Essex Abroad: Go abroad, to study or work, as part of your course.

  • Become a mentor

    Mentoring is a great way to improve your communication and interpersonal skills. It is rewarding and will give your CV a boost. We run a wide range of other mentoring schemes, find out how you can get involved and gain some great experience as a mentor or to receive mentoring yourself.

CV Support

Our CV support helps you through the CV-writing process from beginning to end, with workshops, one-to-one advice, and the CV360 optimisation tool.


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Frontrunners is our original placement scheme that offers students paid work opportunities on campus. You'll get on-placement training and great experience to add to your CV.


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Introducing CareerHub+. Search for jobs and internships, create a CV from scratch, upskill yourself, book on to employability events and workshops, find out about Generation Essex, Frontrunners and more from any device.

UROP placements

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Our Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme gives you the chance to help an academic with a research project. You'll learn new skills to enhance your CV and get paid.