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 opened in October - to apply, register and complete online tests by 31 January 2020. 
  • 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 opened in October - to apply, register and complete online tests by 31 January 2020. 
  • TARGETjobs: Male 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. This year's prize is a 10 week summer internship with L'Oreal, including a trip to their HQ in Paris. Applications opened in October - to apply, register and complete online tests by 31 January 2020. 
  • TARGETjobs: LGBT+ Undergraduate of the Year - opportunity to win a place on Clifford Chance's SPARK scheme and, upon completion of the programme, a trip to an international office, where you will work shadow and attend Clifford Chance's annual Pride Art exhibition, run by Arcus, the firm's LGBT+ network. Applications opened in October - to apply, register and complete online tests by 31 January 2020. 
  • TARGETjobs: Undergraduate of the Year Award for Innovation - 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 from any degree, who are curious, creative and fanatical about innovation. Applications opened in October - to apply, register and complete online tests by 31 January 2020. 
  • 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. Nominations closed on 20 May 2019.
  • Vision Direct: Visionaries international student competition - submit a product design aimed at helping contact lens wearers in their daily lives for a chance to win £25,000 for the winning design along with £5,000 for the winning university. The competition is open to individual students and teams of up to four (undergraduates or postgraduates) from any higher education institution, college or university in the UK, Netherlands, Spain and Italy. Applications open on 18 September 2019 and close on 21 December 2019 at 23:59.