What is frontrunners?
Watch our videos to hear students talk about what
they enjoyed most, the skills they gained and their tips for applying. Frontrunners supervisors and a careers advisor also reveal what students
should look out for when applying for placements.
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 10 and 20 weeks long, and
up to 8 hours per week during term-time and Christmas
and Easter; 20 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 directly
to their placement experience. Have a look at our
success stories for further details.
Applications open for students
We are not currently advertising any frontrunners placements. The next round of placements will be for students to start in the Spring Term. More details will be announced in due course.
Applications for staff
We are not currently accepting staff applications. The next round will
be to have a frontrunner for the summer vacation period. More details will
be announced in due course.
“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."