What is frontrunners?
Watch our students who have undertaken frontrunners placements talk about what
they enjoyed, the skills they gained and their tips for applying.
A frontrunners supervisor also reveals what he looks for when shortlisting applicants.
Frontrunners is the University’s unique placement scheme which gives
students the opportunity to undertake challenging employment around campus
and develop the higher-level skills they need to compete for the best jobs.
The scheme is open to all University of Essex students, and offers paid,
There are two levels: frontrunners and frontrunners
Plus. Placements are between one and three terms long,
and up to 8 hours per week during term-time and
Christmas and Easter; 18 hours per week over the summer.
Frontrunners also supports students in developing their
ability to reflect on and articulate the skills they
have acquired. Many frontrunners have gone on to work in
specialist areas after graduation which relate to their
placement experience. Have a look at our
success stories for further details.
Applications open for students
We are not currently advertising any placements. The next round of placements we advertise will be for placements starting in the autumn.
Applications for staff
We are not currently accepting staff applications. The next application round
will be for staff to have a frontrunner starting in the Spring Term 2015-16.
“My frontrunner role came with real responsibility and the opportunity to
achieve very tangible outcomes. Its structure also maximised the
skill-building and development opportunities, giving it an edge over most
other internships I could have taken."