University of Birmingham and Capgemini Community Challenge

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

The Challenge is an immersive consultancy experience like no other. The Challenge will take place in June 2021 and open for applications in Semester Two.

The week-long Challenge takes place at one of Capgemini’s offices in Telford, with students carrying out tangible solutions-based consultancy for local charities. For those who take part, it is a major boost to your CV, skillset and work experience. Working in teams, you’ll help to make a real difference to the charitable organisation you work with.

Travel between the university campus and Capgemini’s Telford office will be provided.

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. You will have the unique opportunity to work in Capgemini's Accelerated Solutions Environment (ASE).

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.

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? 

You will also need to attach your CV when you apply. If you would like to practise your video interview skills before submitting your application, please use our practice interview software.If you have any questions which are not answered below please email recruiters@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Frequently asked questions

Is there an official application form to fill in?

Capgemini will be accepting video applications rather than a written form. Just provide some initial information plus your CV and submit. The link to the video application element will then be emailed to you to complete at a convenient time. The information you submit will be sent to Capgemini. 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 an all-expenses paid opportunity. Although you will not receive an actual wage per hour, all food and travel expenses will be paid throughout the week and 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 also 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. Travel time should be considered on top of this. A coach will depart from the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at 8am each morning of the Challenge week. You will return to campus approximately 6pm each day.

Will I need to be available for the entire week (2021 dates TBC)?

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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