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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.

    Applicant Day Ambassadors

    What? Applicant Day Ambassadors assist with our visit and interview days for prospective undergraduates who have already applied to study at Essex.

    When? Usually recruited for in December and are only required at the Colchester Campus.

    How? On CareerHub. To find out about working as an Applicant Day Ambassador, email

    Employability & Careers: Office Assistants, Award Assistants & Ambassadors

    What? Join our team of students working in front-line roles within a busy client-facing Employability and Careers Centre (E&CC) working closely with students, staff and external contacts. As committed members of staff, these roles will form an integral part of the E&CC, actively promoting the E&CC services within the centre and at events.

    When? Applications open: May. Interviews: late May/early June. Positions start September until July.

    How? CareerHub.

    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 is our unique developmental work placement scheme for students. Work part-time on the campus within departments, sections and administrative areas of the University.

    When? Placements starting in the Autumn for the full academic year and Summer vacation placements are available. Check online for up to date application deadlines.

    How? Frontrunners website

    Registration assistants

    What? The registration team are looking for highly motivated students who are passionate about making a positive contribution to the student experience for our new registering students in the Sports Hall during Main Registration. Duties of the post include working within the student residences to meet and greet our new students on Arrivals Day, pro-active queue management, answering basic general enquiries, ensuring the comfort of queuing students and approaching students once they have completed Registration to ask them to complete an online survey. Full training will be provided.

    When? Role is advertised at the end of May. Student must be available for informal interview and to attend training on the Friday afternoon before Welcome Week.

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

    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? Student Ambassadors are normally recruited each year at the start of the Autumn Term (October) at both our Colchester and Southend Campuses.

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

    Student Support roles

    What? Student Support recruit enthusiastic and committed part-time workers to join a busy team providing support to students with disabilities, mental health difficulties and specific learning difficulties. Hours of work are negotiated to accommodate the needs of students. Applicants must have a commitment to customer service, equal opportunities and to working within the social model of disability. Roles include practical support assistants, notetakers, library support assistants and exam scribes. More details on the Student Support website.

    When? From June – September depending on the role.

    How? All vacancies are advertised via CareerHub, departments and on the Student Support Facebook page.

    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
    • Frango's or Mondos
    • 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 trainee researchers and to become part of the academic community here at Essex. Students will be expected to spend a maximum of 200 hours on the placement for which they will receive a bursary of a maximum of £1,370 each.

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

    How? On the UROP website

  • 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.
    • Residents Life assistants are recruited and trained during the Spring Term, but vacancies do occasionally arise at other times of the year.
    • 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.
    • Peer Mentor: Most departments, schools or centres appoint peer mentors, providing informal support and information to help others settle in to student life.

  • 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. Below are two mentoring schemes where you're matched with a school student in year 12 or 13. We also 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.

    Pathways to Law

    Pathways to Law is a national two-year, fully funded project aimed at bright year 12 and 13 students at state schools who are interested in pursuing a career in law. They have the opportunity to take part in:

    • activities at workshops at Essex as well as at other universities involved
    • a work placement in a London law firm
    • a four-day residential conference
    • and have access to an e-mentor who is a current undergraduate law student

    What to expect

    You will be matched with a year 12 student who you'll interact with through our secure e-mentoring website. This relationship lasts for two years whilst the student is part of the programme. You'll mainly answer questions about your experiences at university as well as guiding them through the UCAS application process.

    How to become a mentor

    The application process will open in November. Only Student Ambassadors who study law and have two years left of their degree course can apply. For any further information about this mentoring programme please email

    Rewards and recognition

    You can gain recognition through the Big Essex Award and your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report), the new online transcript. You will be paid £100 for your time each year.

    The mentees

    The mentees are year 12 and 13 students who have completed a strict application process. They must have an interest in a career in law, study at a state school, have achieved at least five As at GCSE and either have no parental background of higher education or have been eligible for free school meals. The main aim is to raise the aspiration of your mentees and show them what a degree in law involves.


    • It is rewarding to share your own ideas and experiences.
    • You'll be able to help a young person make informed choices about their future.
    • Develop new skills such as listening and problem solving.
    • Access to training.
    • Looks good your CV especially if want to work with young people in the future.
    • You'll be encouraging people to study at Essex.


    If selected, you'll be given training by Brightside, the e-mentoring software provider, and attend training sessions with the Outreach team. You'll also need to complete DBS check.

The EssexCV pack

Our Essex CV pack takes you through the CV-writing process from beginning to end, helping you showcase the full extent of your skills and experience, promote yourself to employers and get the opportunity you really want.

frontrunners placements

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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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Start your job search and career development now with the new Essex CareerHub resource. Log in using your regular Essex campus account details to access the jobs board and book on to our events.

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 a bursary.