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University societies often attract talented and motivated students who are eager to gain practical experience and enhance their skills.

By partnering with these societies, employers can tap into a pool of potential candidates who possess many of the skills that employers look for in prospective employees.  

By sponsoring a society or sports club, you can engage with high calibre students with enhanced employability skills such as communication, problem solving and leadership. 

There are over 200 societies at the University of Cambridge: 

We advise you to only work with approved societies and clubs.  


Guidance for employers working with societies   

Identify relevant societies 

Research and identify university societies that align with your organisation’s industry or areas of interest. Look for societies that have a strong membership base and are active in organising events, workshops, or conferences. 

Be aware that some societies (particularly career focused societies) can be targeted by many employers.

Consider whether partnering with a different society can help you achieve your goals and help you to diversify your talent pool. Looking to attract more women? Consider sponsoring a women’s sports team. Seeking confident, creative team players? Consider a musical society. 

Establish contact 

Reach out to the society's executive committee or designated contact person. Introduce yourself, express your interest in collaborating, and explain how your organisation can add value to their members. Provide your contact information and be open to answering any questions they may have.  

Understand their goals 

Take the time to understand the society's goals, objectives, and the interests of their members. Do they align with your values and expectations? This will help you tailor your collaboration efforts to align with their needs and aspirations. 

Offer support 

Determine how your organisation can support the society. This could involve providing resources, sponsorship, guest speakers, or hosting events or workshops. Consider what value your organisation can bring and discuss potential opportunities for collaboration. 

Formalise the partnership 

Once you have identified a university society that aligns with your objectives and has the potential for a mutually beneficial collaboration, establish a formal agreement or memorandum of understanding that clearly outlines the goals, expectations, and responsibilities of both parties to ensure a successful partnership. 


Remember, it's important to approach the collaboration with a genuine interest in supporting and nurturing students' professional growth rather than solely focusing on recruitment. Building a positive reputation and establishing meaningful connections with university societies can be mutually beneficial long term.