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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. Open to penultimate year undergraduates, who are the first generation of their family to go to university. Applications closed on 30 January 2023. 
  • targetjobs: Black Heritage Undergraduate of the Year - opportunity to win up to three weeks’ work experience at Sky, collaborating with professionals across a variety of business areas. Open to undergraduate students from a black heritage background. Applications closed on 30 January 2023. 
  • targetjobs: Female Undergraduate of the Year - open to first and second year students on a STEM related degree (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths). Chance to win a summer internship with Rolls-Royce. Applications closed on 30 January 2023. 
  • targetjobs: LGBT+ Undergraduate of the Year - opportunity to win work experience and networking opportunities with Clifford Chance. Applications closed on 30 January 2023. 
  • 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 closed on 30 January 2023. 
  • targetjobs: Undergraduate of the Year Award Celebrating Neurodiverse Talent - open to first and second/penultimate year students who have a diagnosis, be in the process of being diagnosed or identify as having a neurodivergent condition. Neurodivergent conditions include autism or an ASD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, ADD or ADHD, Tourette syndrome. The winner of this award will undertake a 10 week paid summer internship with Rolls-Royce. Applications closed on 30 January 2023. 
  • NHS: Behind the Numbers competition - take the quiz to find out more about the NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme and for a chance to win a Fitbit Charge 5. The competition opened on 16 January 202, and closes on 20 February 2023.
  • Lidl competition - complete their careers quiz for a chance to win a £300 Lidl shopping voucher. The competition opened on 16 January 2023 and closes on 17 February 2023.
  • 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. Applications open in April and close in May each year.
  • 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. You can register your interest now for next year's competition.
  • ProjectSet: ICE 22 (Innovation Challenge for Entrepreneurship) - open to all university students and recent graduates from the UK and EU. The competition is split into 2 phases and is beginner friendly, with no prior experience required. Opportunity to be mentored by industry experts, pitch to a panel of leading employers and win prizes. Registrations closed on 18 March 2022. You can register your interest for 2023.  
  • FindAMasters 2022 Scholarship Competition- Due to start a Masters but need a helping hand funding your programme? Enter for the opportuinity to win £6,000 towards the cost of your course. Applications closed on 1 September 2022. You can register your interest for 2023.
  • FindAPhD 2022 Scholarship Competition- Due to start a PhD but need a helping hand funding your programme? Enter for the opportuinity to win £6,000 towards the cost of your course. Applications closed 1 September 2022. You can register your interest for 2023.