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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 closed on 31 January 2020. 
    This year, there are 12 different award categories, including 3 relating to business/management and finance:
  • 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 close 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. The closing date is 30 June 2020.