Careers Service

All sector competitions

All sector competitions

Taking part in competitions can enhance your career opportunities. 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: First Generation Undergraduate of the Year - opportunity to win a paid summer internship and 1:1 mentoring with HSBC, with a possibility of securing a place on HSBC's global graduate programme. Open to penultimate year undergraduates, who are the first generation of their family to go to university. Applications open in October and close in February each year.
  • TARGETjobs: Black Heritage Undergraduate of the Year - chance to win a unique experience with Police Now and its partners, including various work shadowing opportunities. Open to undergraduates from black heritage (African, Caribbean or any other Black, African or Caribbean background). Applications open in October and close in February each year.
  • TARGETjobs: Female Undergraduate of the Year - open to first and second year students on a STEM related degree. Chance to win a summer internship with Rolls-Royce. Applications open in October and close in February each year.
  • TARGETjobs: LGBT+ Undergraduate of the Year - opportunity to win work experience and networking opportunities with Clifford Chance. Applications open in October and close in February each year.
  • TARGETjobs: Undergraduate of the Year for Excellence through Adversity - open to first or second year students studying a STEM or STEM joint honours degree. The winner receives a ten-week paid summer internship with Rolls Royce, an Apple watch, Rolls-Royce branded gifts and the opportunity to shadow a leader for the day. Applications open in October and close in February each year.
  • TARGETjobs: Undergraduate of the Year for Sustainable Thinking - chance to win work experience with L’Oréal - the winner can choose between a 12-month placement and a 10-week summer internship. Open to various degree disclipines - see website for details. Applications open in October and close in February each year.
  • TARGETjobs: Young Activist of the Year - open to any degree discipline, opportunity to win a place on Clifford Chance’s SPARK scheme or a one-week internship within its corporate and social responsibility pro bono team. You will also receive a virtual ticket to the 2022 One Young World Summit and a place on the One Young World Academy online lecture series with some of the world's greatest leaders, plus £500 towards further driving your social initiative. Applications open in October and close in February each year.
  • Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) - recognises the achievements of students who combine part-time and freelance work with their study commitments. Nominations open in February and close in March each year.
  • Milkround Society Awards - opportunity for university societies to meet employers, build on their skills, present to a panel of judges and compete to win one of two prizes. The winner of the Society award will win a £1,000 cash prize for their society, and the winner of the individual award will win a £250 cash prize for themselves. 
  • Cleantech Challenge (CTC)- annual global innovation and business plan competition that serves as a launch pad for cleantech business ideas. Teams of students will develop their business idea into a business plan, and selected finalists will participate in the virtual CTC 2021 Bootcamp on 22 & 23 April 2021. Teams will pitch their business idea and collaborate throughout the two-day bootcamp to answer a challenge question for a chance to win £10,000 toward developing their business. The deadline for Stage 1 entries was 31 January 2021.
  • Academy: Spark Change 2021 - nationwide student competition. Showcase your ability to find a novel solution to an everyday problem for a chance to win up to £2000. You'll be asked to show how you break down the problem and address it step by step in a workflow. You don’t need a technical background, just a structured approach to the problem and the enthusiasm to put your ideas forwards. Open to all degree disciplines, except computer science. The competition opened on 19 April 2021 and closed on 26 April 2021. You can register your interest now for next year's competition. 
  • The Pitch powered by Sage - independent pitching competition that helps startups pitch to industry experts and investors. The top 10 startups go on to compete on the national stage and win the chance to be mentored by leading entrepreneurs. Closes on Sat 31 July 2021.
  • Business Boost by Simply Business - chance to win £25,000 for one lucky entrepreneur to start, grow or revive their small business. Whether you’re a seasoned business owner or your journey’s just starting – they’d like to hear your story.  Applications close on Fri 17 September 2021.
  • Innovate UK SMART grants - UK-registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25 million for game-changing and commercially viable research and development innovation that can impact the UK economy. Applications close on Wednesday 25 August 2021.