Paid jobs on campus

There are numerous paid opportunities for you to gain work experience across our campuses. Many of these are advertised on the CareerHub vacancy board.

Accommodation jobs

Accommodation Essex have temporary housekeeper/porter positions available starting in June. The term of the employment can be anything from two weeks to four months dependent on business needs.

Event Essex jobs

Event Essex employs conference team leaders and conference assistants. These people are the first point of contact for all conference guests so good customer service and admin skills are required, and good knowledge of campus would be an advantage. Roles are full time from mid-June to mid-September.



Frontrunners is the university’s paid internship scheme, designed for students looking for their first work experience in a specific field of interest. 

IT jobs

Digital Innovation and Technology Services hire a selection of IT Student Assistants (ITSAs) each year to support the running of IT services at the University. These can be technical or non-technical roles depending on need, including support for the IT Helpdesk, IT technicians, IT training, Media Centre and project management. Vacancies can occur throughout the year but are often posted from July to September ready for the new academic year.

Vacancies will be posted on CareerHub.


Residence Life jobs

Residence Life builds a safe and inclusive community that supports students to grow and succeed at the University of Essex. We are a friendly team of students and staff to help students become involved and connected to their peers and university.

Please email if you would like further information.

Student Ambassador roles

Student Ambassadors are current university students, trained to represent the University of Essex across Recruitment, Outreach and Marketing teams’ activities. As a Student Ambassador, you will have the opportunity to work on various events including those on campus, in schools and college and on virtual activities. Student Ambassadors are positive role models of Higher Education, their course, and the University of Essex by providing a welcoming and positive student perspective to students and their guests.

Apply to become a Student Ambassador

We are not currently recruiting for Student Ambassadors. However, if you would like to be notified when we next open applications, please register your interest using our online form.

Information for current Student Ambassadors

You are able to view, apply and track your work opportunities that are on offer using the Student Ambassador Portal (SAP).


The Student Ambassador Handbook (.pdf) contains key contacts and information to support you in your role and accompany the training delivered.

Code of Conduct and Safeguarding guidelines

Further to the safeguarding information provided in your annual Student Ambassador training, it’s important that you familiarise yourself with our Code of Conduct for Student Ambassadors (.pdf) and the safeguarding guidelines for working with people under 18 and vulnerable groups. 

Students' Union jobs

The SU is the biggest employer on campus - for good reason. Working while you study is a great way to boost your CV and earn yourself some pocket money, whilst having fun and making new friends. A wide range of opportunities are available, such as:

  • SU Bar, Top Bar or Sub Zero
  • The Store, The Kitchen or The Greenhouse Café
  • Reception, SU Advice, Marketing, Finance, Facilities or HR
  • Student Activities, Student Engagement or Education

See the SU website for more information.

Welcome assistant jobs

The Registration team need highly motivated students who are passionate about making a positive contribution to the student experience to work as Welcome Assistants during this year’s Arrivals Day, and Registration event.

The role includes working within the student residences meeting and greeting our new students and their families, answering general queries and signposting to key areas on campus, conducting post-registration questionnaires, covering areas that are understaffed, and acting as runners if needed.

Gain recognition for your work 

The opportunities listed above all count towards the Big Essex Award, which once completed will be recorded on your HEAR (Higher Education Achievement Report).

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