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Work placements

Gain time, talent, and skills

Is your business buzzing with ideas but needing an injection of time, talent and skills?

Gain fresh thinking and new expertise by offering a work placement to our students. They can help you plan and deliver a specific project and provide specialist skills and knowledge. Essex students are taught to explore, question, challenge and think differently. They can bring fresh ideas to your business, whether for a year's placement or a short-term project.

How it works

What is a placement?

A placement is a period of supervised, professional work experience, assessed as part of a student's course.

Students undertake placements that allow them to apply what they have learnt at university practically in the workplace. A successful placement will:

  1. provide a learning and development opportunity for our students, with tasks that are of a junior professional level
  2. enable our students to assume an appropriate level of responsibility
  3. integrate the student effectively into your project or team


Undergraduate placements can last from a few weeks to a year (for those students taking four year degrees which include a placement year). The timings vary, but those of less than twelve months typically take place during our Christmas, Easter and summer vacations.

Benefits for your business

  • Cost-effective additional resource.
  • High quality resource - students with specific knowledge and skills relevant to your business.
  • Get an injection of new expertise, to assist on a specific project or provide specialist skills and knowledge.
  • Improve your future recruitment by raising your profile among the next generation of graduates.

Get in touch
Business and management For placements in accounting, banking and finance, business administration and management, entrepreneurship, innovation and new venture creation, and international business.
Vicki Doughty, Placements Manager
Telephone: 01206 873855
Humanities For placements in art history, film, history, human rights, law, literature, philosophy and theatre.
Lauren Lewis, Faculty Placements Manager
Telephone: 01206 873881
Science and health For placements in biology, computer science, electronic engineering, health and human sciences, maths and psychology.
David Everiss, Faculty Placements Manager
Telephone: 01206 874093
Economics, sociology and criminology For placements in criminology, economics and sociology.
Heather Doyle, Faculty Placements Manager
Telephone: 01206 872466
Politics, languages and linguistics For placements in language and linguistics and politics.
Dörthe Weimann, Faculty Placements Manager
Telephone: 01206 873469


Interested in other options? Offer a student or graduate an internship.