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 one and three terms 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 advertisting any frontrunners placements.
Applications for staff
We are currently accepting staff applications to have a frontrunner start in the Spring Term 2014-15. We have funding available for 30 frontrunner level placements and 15 frontrunner Plus placements. The closing date to receive staff applications is
Monday 13 October at 12pm (noon).
“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."