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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 opened in October and closed on 31 January 2022. 
  • 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 opened in October and closed on 31 January 2022. 
  • targetjobs: LGBT+ Undergraduate of the Year - opportunity to win work experience and networking opportunities with Clifford Chance. Applications opened in October and closed on 31 January 2022. 
  • 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 opened in October and closed on 31 January 2022. 
  • 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 opened in October and closed on 31 January 2022. 
  • 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 opened in October and closed on 31 January 2022. 
  • 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. Last year's competition closed on 31 July 2021. You can register your interest now for next year's competition.
  • 14th China-UK Entrepreneurship Competition - annual competition to encourage new business ventures between China and the UK, which aims to simulate the real-life process of entrepreneurs seeking start-up funds from early-stage investors and venture capital firms. This year's competition focuses on 5 areas of technological innovation: smart city & smart manufacturing, APP development, medicare, materials & hardcore technology, AI & Blockchain, and sustainable development solutions. Winners receive cash prizes, incubator investment, support and training. Applications opened on 13 November 2021 and closed on 30 January 2022. 
  • 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.