Looking for your first job? Frontrunners is for you.

Frontrunners is the university’s own, part-time, internship scheme, designed specifically for students with very little or no work experience. Frontrunners is here to develop your skills, knowledge, and experience in a supportive, familiar environment.   

We offer a range of paid opportunities across the university, so, whatever your interests and career aspirations, make sure you get involved.

View Vacancies and Apply.

Key dates and working hours

You’ll work part-time:

Either 10 hours a week over spring term (100 hours) or 10 hours a week over spring term plus 50 hours in Easter vacation (150 hours).

  • Apply from 26 September 2022 on CareerHub.
  • Closing date 31 October 2022. 
  • Interviews in November
  • Start your internship from 16 January 2023.

Benefits of being a Frontrunner

This unique scheme allows you to:

  • Get paid
  • Gain skills and experience for your C.V.
  • Get free training
  • Tell people you have worked for the University of Essex
  • Get one to one support from your Frontrunners supervisor.
  • Work around your studies
  • Get Big Essex Award units.

How to apply

You can apply on CareerHub from 26 September 2022. Applications close on 31 October 2022.

To be a Frontrunner, you must:

  • Have less than six months’ (120 days’) work or volunteering experience gained in the last three years.   
  • Be registered as a student at the University of Essex for the duration of your internship.
  • Have a right to work in the U.K.  

For more information, please refer to the full terms and conditions (.docx)

Information sessions

Join us at an information session:

Date Time Zoom link
Monday 10 October 2022  1pm Join the session 
Wednesday 12 October 2022   11am Join the session 
Friday 14 October 2022  1pm Join the session 
Tuesday 18 October 2022  11am Join the session 
Wednesday 19 October 2022  1pm  Join the session 
Thursday 20 October 2022  5pm Join the session 
Friday 21 October 2022  1pm Join the session 
Wednesday 26 October 2022  11am Join the session 

Application support sessions

Use the links below to book an application support sessions. There will be more support if you are invited to interview

Date Time Booking link
Tuesday 18 October 2022 12.30pm Book through CareerHub
Thursday 20 October 2022 2pm Book through CareerHub
Monday 24 October 2022 11am Book through CareerHub
Wednesday 26 October 2022 11am  Book through CareerHub
Friday 28 October 2022 11am Book through CareerHub

Terms and Conditions

It is important that you read the terms and conditions (.docx) before you apply.   

As a paid Frontrunner you will be expected to demonstrate commitment and a desire to develop within the role.


As a Frontrunner, you will earn £10.07 per hour.

Internships will run for up to a maximum 150 hours over a period of 10-14 weeks depending on requirement.

You will be paid monthly in arrears into your UK bank account, according to how many hours you worked in the previous month.

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