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Business & finance

Taking part in competitions can enhance your career opportunities in this sector. You could win a cash prize, an internship or even a chance to travel abroad.

Deadlines are staggered throughout the year, so check each link for up-to-date information.

  • TARGETjobs: Undergraduate of the Year - annual competition to win a paid internship with leading employers, trips abroad, and the chance to be recognised as the very best. Applications opened in October and close on 1 February 2021
    This year, there are 2 different award categories relating to business/management and finance:
  • Baillie Gifford: Alternative Internship - complete a quiz and 300-word question for the chance to win £5000 towards a summer research project and internship related to investment management. Open to any degree subject, but you must be a penultimate year undergraduate or in the penultimate or final year of a PhD. Deadline for submission is Sunday 22 November 2020. 
  • Universities Business Challenge - offers undergraduates the opportunity to improve their knowledge of the business world, put theory into practice and develop team-working, leadership and employability skills. Students work in teams as management consultants in a series of realistic, simulated companies, making all the critical business decisions that affect the company's performance. First prize is £1000. Registrations open in April - this year's competition closed on 25 October 2019.
  • Global Investment Banking Valuation Olympiad - annual investment banking competition. The leader of the winning team receives a one-month paid internship as well as a cash prize for the winning team. Registration opens in June and closes in August each year.
  • Project Firefly: Competitions - opportunity to win cash prizes and internships in business and finance-related competitions, sponsored by Credit Suisse.
  • Zurich Enterprise Challenge - work with one of the world’s top insurance companies and interact with its corporate customers to solve real-life strategy and business challenges. Open to teams of 3-4 Masters, MBAs or PhD students. Registrations opened in April and closed on 30 June 2020.
  • ModelOff - annual international competition for Microsoft Excel, financial analysis, investment analysis and financial modeling. Opens around November each year.
  • ICAEW 100 - looking for the brightest 100 students with the potential to be the next generation of business leaders. Test your skills against your peers by taking a short online exercise. Students with the top 100 scores by the time the competition closes will be in with a chance of winning exclusive opportunities and prizes. The competition closed on Monday 20 April 2020.
  • CEOx1Day UK - opportunity for undergraduates to spend a day shadowing a successful CEO. Previous participating companies include BT, ITV, Standard Chartered, Deloitte, Legal & General, The Cabinet Office and the National Trust. Applications for this year's competition closed on 6 January 2020.
  • Hult Prize - world’s largest student competition, worth $1 million in investment money for the winners. The HULT Prize brings the brightest students from around the world together to focus their passion, energy and talent on solving a single problem. Applications opened on 4 October 2019 and closed on 17 December 2019.
  • ICSA: The Governance Institute - Tom Morrison Essay Prize - competition aimed at students, recent graduates or governance professionals at the start of their career. Submit a 2000 - 2500 word essay in response to a question around a key aspect of governance for a chance to win a cash prize of £1000 (£500 as a runner-up). The 2019 competition opened on 2 September 2019 and closed on 6 January 2020.
  • Schneider Go Green (Europe) - annual global student competition for sustainable energy solutions, organised by Schneider Electric. Open to business and engineering students, you'll work in teams of 2 to compete for a trip to Boston, to the Schneider Innovation Hub. Applications opened in October and closed on 31 January 2020. 
  • Adecco CEO For One Month - competition seeking talented and ambitious individuals (age 18 +, no background or work experience level required) for a taste of how to run a multinational company with 34,000 employees in 60 countries. The winner gets to lead the company at UK level for a month in the summer (paid), and then have an opportunity to win the Global CEO for a Month in September, with a salary of €15,000. Applications open in November and close around February.  
  • FSE Digital - competition from FSE Digital marketing agency, giving you the chance to win £500 towards your tuition fees plus a 2 week summer internship. Open to students on marketing or business courses (or equivalent subjects). To enter, submit a 500-1000 word article on what you think the future of digital marketing looks like. Entries opened on 1 February 2020 and closed on 10 April 2020.
  • Volkswagen Group UK: The future of automotive retailing - submit your answer to the question, 'how will current trends in the automotive industry affect the future of retailing?' for a chance to win a week's work experience with Volkswagen Group UK. Applications closed on 1 March 2020. 
  • Autocar Drivers of Change - ever dreamed about a career in the automotive industry, working for a brand like McLaren, Lotus, Bentley or Volvo? If you've got the attributes to become a true innovator, enter for the chance to win a £5,000 prize and the opportunity to work in the automotive industry. Applications closed on 30 June 2020.