Join us at Career Lab – a series of opportunities designed to develop your skills, experience and confidence, to help boost your career prospects.

Select your year of study

Choose your year of study to see the Career Lab opportunities available to you.

About Career Lab

Career Lab is a programme primarily for undergraduate students. It is a series of opportunities designed to develop your skills, experience, connections and confidence throughout your time at Sussex. The programme is open to all undergraduate students, with places prioritised for students from underrepresented groups.

Career Lab programmes take place primarily in the Spring term. Find out more about when programmes will be advertised and take place.


Students from UK-domiciled underrepresented groups will be prioritised. 

We define our underrepresented groups based on research-informed evidence relating to access to the graduate job market. Career Lab opportunities are funded through the University’s Access and Participation Plan budget. Applications from the following groups will be prioritised:

  • black, asian and minority ethnic students
  • disabled students, including students with a mental health condition and a social or communication impairment
  • students who are residents in certain postcodes
  • mature students (students who have started an undergraduate degree aged 21 or over)
  • students who are care experienced or estranged
  • students from military families
  • students from refugee or forced migrant families
  • students from Gypsy, Romany or Traveller families
  • students in receipt of the Sussex Bursary.

How to apply

You can apply directly for each programme on the programme page, where you will find further information. But there are some restrictions: 

  • If you are in year two you can only accept either the UK Summer internship or the Online Global Summer Internship or the Junior Research Associate scheme.
  • In your final year, you can only accept a UK Summer Internship or an Online Global Summer Internship.
  • In your final year you can only participate in either the Winter or Spring Student Consultancy Programme.
  • You can complete both the Digital Accelerator and the Video Accelerator during your time at Sussex, but only one Accelerator per year. For example, you can take part in the Video Accelerator in year one, and the Digital Accelerator in year two.

Don’t forget: you can earn Spirit of Sussex Award points for the successful participation of any Career Lab opportunity.

Opportunities may be subject to change

Important: We will make every effort to deliver this programme as outlined in these web pages. In certain circumstances Career Lab opportunities may be subject to change, such as application dates and locations. Information will be updated on these pages if this happens.