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Make your CV stand out by entering a competition, award or prize

Competitions, prizes and awards are a great way for you to gain experience for your CV and often some cash or work experience. Many competitions require you to work in a team / produce innovative ideas / work to a brief / write a report, all great skills to put on your CV even if you don't win!

Most recently added competitions at the top. Many run every year check entry and closing dates.

  • Blinx hackathon 30 April Solve a technical challenge, we’ll get some pizzas in and the person or people with the best solution for the challenge will be considered for an internship or role within Blinx.
  • WorldQuant competitions Compete with others, learn about quantitative finance and potentially earn a role as a research consultant.
  • Adecco CEO for 1 month competition the winner gets to lead the company at UK level and through another round – potentially globally for a Month – with a high salary – and plenty of job opportunities after.
  • Steel2Pack Your mission is to imagine the future of steel packaging for food. That means providing new and innovative solutions and designs for food packaging which have a very high percentage of steel.
  • Ericsson Innovation Awards Global university student competition that gives you the opportunity to drive changes and bring your ideas to life. Compete for a Grand Prize of 25,000 Euros and a trip to Stockholm to showcase your idea. Regional prizes and professional mentoring are also part of the prize package.
  • Coins - grand challenge Could your idea improve the construction industry or the built environment? Win funding, business support and more.
  • EDPR University challenge Prizes of up to 6000 euro for team projects in Engineering, Management, Economics, Marketing and Communication.
  • Next Generation Awards 2019, powered by Enterprise Trust,  provide aspiring entrepreneurs aged 16-30 the opportunity to pitch their business idea in front of a panel of expert judges and win business prizes including £2,500 cash investment
  • Trendhim Scholarship Ceated to empower and support students that have a passion for business, design, marketing and IT and would like to pursue a career in any of the below fields or start their own business. Prize €2.000
  • Future legal mind Win £2000 cash prize, mentoring and more.
  • World Asian Case Competition 2019
  • UniCode 2019 is ShowCode’s flagship student competition! Taking place over 6 months there is a £10,000 prize fund available across the entire competition. This is an exciting opportunity for students to experience coding in the real world, while having the chance to win real cash prizes. Join the competition today and see if you can be crowned our UniCode 2019 Champion!
  • Hiscox University Challenge National competition to develop creative solutions for tackling the challenges the insurance industry faces. Win fast-tracked entry to the Hiscox graduate assessment centre, access to industry experts, networking opportunities and sponsorship for your university society or group.
  • Atos IT challenge Come up with an innovative concept for an application based on Machine Learning for Sustainability. The winning team will receive €10,000 to help them bring their app to the market and the two finalists respectively €5,000 and €3,000.
  • www.essityuniversitychallenge.com/The-Tork-Challenge Looking for a 12-month internship within manufacturing? The Essity University Challenge is your chance to win an internship.
  • Bayer Digital Campus Challenge You will be able to sell your idea to Bayer or to develop it in collaboration with Bayer’s team. Regardless of whether your studies are focused on natural sciences, engineering, medicine, IT, economics or business administration – your ideas matter. By believing that everything is possible, you can give free rein to your creativity and innovative ideas while working in teams of 2-5 students.
  • Formula student 130 university teams from more than 30 countries across the world compete to design, build and race the best single-seater race car.
  • Autodesk "Design for Industry" Challenges Interested in demonstrating your design skills to industry professionals? Put your skills to use in real-world product design with one of our Autodesk Design for Industry Challenges, and gain access to industry professionals who will review your work and potentially help to mentor you.
  • Undergraduate of the year Various awards for different subject areas & categories.
  • Stockfuse - Barklays market insight game Learn about the financial markets & connect with a top-tier financial institution.
  • Proto labs design challenge An exciting challenge to showcase your talent by creating the new ‘Design Aid' for Proto Labs, a leading global digital manufacturer. The design aid is a useful engineering tool to show the achievable and limiting features to consider when designing a part for manufacturing.
  • ICAEW is looking for students to be the next generation of business leaders. win a Trip to Bogata
  • L’Oréal international marketing competition – Brandstorm. Learn how to be a brand manager, work with creative agencies and develop skills in negotiation, presentation, and strategic thinking, whilst having the support of L’Oréal Brand experts. You will develop commercial awareness and compete for an all-expenses paid trip to Paris plus 10,000 euros. Enter as a 3 person team – register your interest now!
  • Gradsingames competitions. For students who want to work in computer games. 2 competition levels, Masters & Final year or 1st & 2nd year.
  • Project Firefly Do you have fresh insights about contemporary business, economic, political or international affairs? Various competitions available, with Credit Swisse Holt.
  • PWC opportunity challenge competition National general knowledge quiz competition where teams from across the UK’s top universities compete against each other to flaunt their intellectual prowess. We're running 26 heats, regional winners will receive a cash prize of £1,000, with the national final being held at an exclusive event in our More London office to battle it out for the ultimate prize of £5,000. This is a great opportunity for all UK University clubs and societies
  • The Global Student Challenge is introduced by the Supply Chain Finance Community to create awareness on, and stimulate development in the topic of Supply Chain Finance. Compete for up to €20,000 in cash prizes, Win a free trip to The Netherlands, Try the world’s best professional training tool in Supply Chain, start a successful career by exclusive membership in our recruitment platform.
  • Autocar - Courland next generation award Kickstart your career in the Automotive industry - win an internship and money.
  • Starpack packaging awards Open to students on courses with graphics or structural/product design element as well as those from materials/technology courses, to submit solutions to problems set by brand leading FMCG companies, design agencies, and manufacturers
  • Go Green in the City Schneider Electric global business case challenge. Revolutionise energy management and gain unique insight into one of the leading global energy management companies. Open to undergraduate or masters level students studying business or engineering.
  • National Undergraduate Employability Awards (NUE Awards) Categories include best intern, best placement student, best society and more.