Our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering has a large pool of external contacts; ranging from companies providing robots for the media industry, through vehicle diagnostics, to the transforming of unstructured data. These companies work with us and our students to provide advice, placements and eventually graduate opportunities.
Our Employability and Careers Centre is on hand to help you find placements and internships. It provides an on-campus job shop, one-to-one careers advice, hosts workshops on employability skills, and offers support if you want to start your own business.
You can also sign up for the Big Essex Award, which helps you develop a whole range of marketing, fundraising, networking and project management skills. The award identifies the skills you’ve developed over the period of your degree studies and records your achievements on your degree transcript.
At Essex we run a unique internal internship scheme. Frontrunners offers our students the opportunity to work within a University department or team. As well as giving you the chance to earn alongside your studies, a Frontrunner internship will develop your professional skills and prepare you for the world of work.
The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) is ideal for students who want to explore life in academia. It offers you the chance to assist our academics on a current research project. As well as developing your research skills these research placements are fully paid.
Our Students’ Union also offers you the opportunity to develop your CV as a volunteer with a wide variety of organisations. Our students have recently volunteered at Colchester Zoo and local healthcare settings, as well as schools, festivals and foodbanks.