University of Birmingham and Capgemini Community Challenge

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An exclusive opportunity, not offered at any other university in the UK, the virtual Capgemini Community Challenge is one of the most exciting opportunities on offer to undergraduates at the University of Birmingham.

Please note that applications for the 2021 Challenge have now closed.

The Challenge is an immersive virtual consultancy experience like no other. The Challenge will take place from Monday 14 June to Friday 18 June 2021 (inclusive) and students will need to be available for the whole week during working hours.

The week-long Challenge takes place entirely virtually this year! In groups, students will carry out tangible solutions-based consultancy for local charities and be mentored by Capgemini employees. For those who take part, it is a major boost to your CV, skillset and work experience. Working remotely in teams, you’ll help to make a real difference to the charitable organisation you work with.

You will be working in teams of five people, working on projects which could range from fundraising to marketing; from business proposals to rebranding exercises. 

Elena Iacovou, Business Management with Marketing

2019 Participant

“The Capgemini Community Challenge was by far the best work experience I have ever done. Not only did this opportunity allow me to work in a team and do some amazing work for a charity but in the process it allowed me to develop many skills and make some really great friends.”

Watch the video of the Capgemini Community Challenge.

Capgemini

Capgemini is a global leader in partnering with companies to transform and manage their business by harnessing the power of technology. The Group is guided everyday by its purpose of unleashing human energy through technology for an inclusive and sustainable future. It is a responsible and diverse organisation of 270,000 team members in nearly 50 countries. With its strong 50 year heritage and deep industry expertise, Capgemini is trusted by its clients to address the entire breadth of their business needs, from strategy and design to operations, fuelled by the fast evolving and innovative world of cloud, data, AI, connectivity, software, digital engineering and platforms. The Group reported in 2020 global revenues of €16 billion.

Personal Skills Award points

By taking part in the Capgemini Community Challenge, you will be eligible to claim 45 Personal Skills Award Activity points. If you are looking to take part in the Professional Development Module, you will also be able to use this experience as your placement.

Who can take part in the Challenge

The Challenge is open to first and intermediate year undergraduate students who study:

  • Business (i.e. Accounting; Business Management; Economics; Finance)
  • Computer Science 
  • Engineering (i.e. Chemical; Electronic, Electrical & Systems; Mechanical) 
  • Maths 
  • Sciences (i.e. Chemistry; Physics)

Students studying other degrees with a minor in one of the above can also apply.

How to apply to the Challenge

To apply, you’ll be asked to answer the following two compulsory questions in a digital interview format which is used widely across Capgemini:

  1. Why do you want to participate in the Capgemini Community Challenge? 
  2. What are your career aspirations? 

You must also answer only one of the questions below:

  1. If money was no object, how would you apply technology in a novel way to benefit society?  
  2. Which of Capgemini’s values (Honesty, Modesty, Boldness, Freedom, Trust, Fun, Team Spirit) do you relate to most and why? 

Applications for the Capgemini Community Challenge 2021 have now closed.

Frequently asked questions

Is there an official application form to fill in?

Capgemini will be accepting video applications rather than a written form, although you will also need to email your CV separately to communityweek@capgemini.com before the deadline.  Just click the link above to complete the video application element when you are ready. The information you submit will be sent to Capgemini and shared with Careers Network. You can prepare for the digital application using our Shortlist.Me tool.

What do I need for the digital interview?

Any device with a webcam and microphone can be used to record your answers. You can also use a smartphone with a camera to complete the digital interview. Make sure it has a strong connection to the internet during the interview.

Will I get paid for the week?

Capgemini and Careers Network are providing this as a fully supported opportunity which benefits the local community as well as providing you with valuable work experience. Although you will not receive an actual wage per hour, the experience itself will provide great value to your CV. If you are thinking of applying to future placement or graduate schemes to Capgemini, this will also increase your chances of gaining a successful application. You will be working directly with Capgemini Consultants and undertaking community based project work which will have a significant positive impact to others.

What hours will I be working?

The week will be based on an average full time working week. Your 'working hours' will be from 9am to 5pm. 

Will I need to be available for the entire week?

Yes. You will also be required to attend a team-building session beforehand (date to be confirmed).

Capgemini Community Challenge supporters

Capgemini Community Challenge is supported by B-Enterprising and Personal Skills Award.

 University of Birmingham and Capgemini Community Challenge is supported by B-Enterprising  University of Birmingham and Capgemini Community Challenge is supported by the Personal Skills Award

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