CI 2018 STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS: CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT

2018-Scholarship-Contest-Announcement
CI is delighted to announce the return of our annual student scholarship contests. Winners will earn a scholarship for the Global Explorer Program, CI’s flagship program, each worth $4,650, in London, New York, or Los Angeles.

The four competitions are open to students looking to develop or hone skills in the following areas: Banking and Financial Services; Marketing, Advertising and PR; Business & Entrepreneurship; Art & Design.

Each competition is available to currently enrolled students (including Class of 2018). Students may submit entries to more than one competition. Read on for more information.

All questions (and, where applicable, entries) should be directed to competitions@city-internships.com.

Good luck!

WHAT IS THE GLOBAL EXPLORER PROGRAM?

The 8-week Global Explorer Program is our flagship experience. It is most popular with undergraduate students and recent graduates looking to explore, discover, and refine their career path.

  • Global Explorer Program = 8-week immersive internship + Career Navigator Course + Future Leaders Course + Group travel & activities.

Each scholarship is applicable to the Global Explorer Program this summer in one of the following cities:

  • London, New York, Los Angeles. (All other CI locations excluded.)

CI programs are built to maximize student outcomes. On graduation, CI alumni get hired 3x faster and achieve 30% higher starting salaries than their peers.

To learn more, visit www.city-internships.com

FOUR SCHOLARSHIPS: FOUR DISCIPLINES

Banking & Financial Services:

Who: Anyone with their sights set on a career in finance
Deadline: Investment league closes Mon 30th April
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Marketing, Advertising & PR

Who: Students considering a career in marketing, advertising or PR
Deadline: Contest closes Mon 30th April
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Business & Entrepreneurship

Who: Budding entrepreneurs, self-starters, business-minded students
Deadline: Submit entry by Mon 30th April
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Design & Entrepreneurship

Who: Creative talents, freelancers, students embarking on a design career
Deadline: Contest closes Mon 30th April
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All winners will be announced within ten days of the final deadline. The scholarship covers program tuition fees. Scholarships are non-transferable and do not cover personal variable costs (such as flights, visas, accommodation, etc.).


BANKING & FINANCIAL SERVICES SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST:
For Warren Buffet Wannabes

A virtual investing competition in which the top performer wins sponsorship to participate in the Global Explorer Program in summer 2018.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TAKING PART?

Win sponsorship. A fully sponsored spot on the Global Explorer Program for the winner. The experience of a lifetime and the skills to last you a lifetime, in a global city with a leading company. Courtesy of CI's own Together We Thrive fund.

Learn about financial markets. Prior investing experience is not required. The competition is designed to be a fun, easy, and rewarding way to learn about investing in the stock market. You’ll invest virtual, not real, money!

Resume talking point. Investing in a virtual portfolio provides a compelling addition to the resume of anyone interested in pursuing a career in finance. Investment successes (and failures) provide great talking points and help you demonstrate a genuine interest in financial markets in job applications and interviews.

HOW DO I TAKE PART?

  1. Create a free account on www.wallstreetsurvivor.com
  2. Join the City Internships league via http://www.wallstreetsurvivor.com/league/CIScholarshipContest2018 & use password CI2018. (NB: The password is case-sensitive)
  3. Build and manage your portfolio over the course of the competition. You’ll have $100,000 USD to invest in a virtual portfolio.

From the main menu, select ‘Portfolio’ and add stocks to your portfolio. Complete missions and use the investing ideas feature to learn about the stock market and how to build and manage your portfolio.

It’s never too late to join in. The league might be won by one timely investment, or a series of sound investments.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The league opens on Weds, April 4th and closes on Mon, April 30th at midnight, EST. The top three investors will be invited to present their investment strategy to the CI Contest Panel via Skype in the week commencing Monday, May 7th. This will comprise of a 15-minute presentation and 15-minute question and answer session with our contest panel, including our founder, Lewis Talbot, formerly of Merrill Lynch, Barclays Global Investors, and BlackRock.

The winner will be announced on Fri, May 11th.


MARKETING, ADVERTISING & PR SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST: Tell Your University’s Story

To win full sponsorship for the Global Explorer Program, we’re looking for a video showcasing why you would like to join a CI program in Summer 2018.

CI programs provide experiences that enable students to enjoy the here and now in a global city and set them up for the future.

Tell us what you would enjoy about your program and what longer-term benefits you would hope to realize.

You are welcome to interpret the topic as you wish. Your video should be less than one-minute in length.

We want to see you having a great time and involving as many other students as possible. Be innovative. It’s not necessarily about the finish of the video, but the thought that has gone into it.

The winner will recognize that that this is one-part creating a video, one-part marketing strategy. A large section of winning this competition is around generating exposure for your entry once it is uploaded onto CI’s Instagram page.

And remember, keep it clean(ish).

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TAKING PART?

Win sponsorship. A fully sponsored spot on the Global Explorer Program for the winner. The experience of a lifetime and the skills to last you a lifetime, in a global city with a leading company. Courtesy of CI's own Together We Thrive fund.

Become an all-round marketer. Learning how to create a succinct, engaging video and promoting it to ensure your video captures viewers, will teach you the key skills necessary to succeed in an ever-changing communications landscape.

Resume talking point. Every business wants to hire winners. Couple that with video production skills and core marketing abilities and you’re talking yourself into a job offer.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The competition opens on Weds, April 4th. Final entries must be posted to Instagram on or before Monday, April 23rd.

Posts must be tagged with:

@cityinternships and #cityinternships and #Q2scholarshipcontest.

The three videos with the most likes and shares by midnight on Mon, April 30th will proceed to the final round comprising of an interview via Skype on the week commencing Monday, May 7th.

The winner will be announced on Friday, May 11th.

EXTENSION: APRIL 5TH The dates above are subject to change.

THE TECHNICAL STUFF

Music used must be available in the public domain. If you’re not sure what this means, ask us.


BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST: For aspiring change-makers

THE SCENARIO

You have been provisionally granted a $10,000 budget to conceive, design, develop and launch an online platform designed to help improve student outcomes. You should focus on the transition from (i) high school to college/university or (ii) from college/university to the working world.

Your investors are keen for the platform to demonstrate a significant capture of the market within twelve months of launch.

Your next step is to produce a business plan for your investors which covers the following:

• Target audience, market research

• Product definition: what is your USP?

• Design and development (including timeline)

• User acquisition and marketing strategy

• Revenue generation

Your business plan should be no longer than 1,500 words in length.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TAKING PART?

A fully sponsored spot on the Global Explorer Program for the winner. The experience of a lifetime and the skills to last you a lifetime, in a global city with a leading company. For free. Courtesy of CI's own Together We Thrive fund.

Entrepreneurship in practice. The word ‘entrepreneur’ is bandied around too frequently in an economy laden with unsuccessful start-ups. Research and planning is key to success, so learning how to write a competition-winning business plan is another step towards your own venture.

Resume talking point. Winning this competition will be no mean feat and will arm you with the skills necessary for discussing your entrepreneurial skills at interview. It’s all very well having a big idea, but substance and strategy are the true differentiators.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The competition opens on Wednesday, April 4th. Final entries must be submitted by Monday, April 30th at midnight, EST. The CI Contest Panel will review all business plans entered and invite the best three to present their proposals via Skype 30-minute on the week commencing Monday, May 7th.

The winner will be announced on Fri, May 11th.


DESIGN & ENTREPRENEURSHIP SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST: For aspiring creators

Showcase your design skills and creativity, develop your ability to work with a brief and earn your spot on the Global Explorer Program.

THE BRIEF

You have a new client, let's call them... "City Internships". They were founded in London in 2011. Back then, their ground-breaking internship program matched students with leading firms exclusively in London's financial hub, affectionately known as "the City". Now, City Internships offers three programs in 18 cities around the globe.

Your job is to re-name and re-brand CI/City Internships. You should produce a selection of your chosen name, logo, and branding themes, along with a short, written explanation of your choices.

CI is not-for-profit organization that has helped thousands of students enjoy career-enhancing, life-changing experiences since 2011.

Your design ideas should incorporate our unique approach to blending:

  • International, experiential education;
  • Practical, real-world experience with the world's leading companies, and;
  • The importance of travelling, experiencing other cultures, and pushing your own boundaries.

CI is not a traditional study abroad experience. In addition to providing great in-the-moment experiences, our programs are designed to have a long-term impact on the trajectory of our alum's careers - who get hired 3 times more quickly and enjoy 30% higher starting salaries than their peers. This long-term, student-outcomes focus should be reflected in your ideas.

You may use information or stories from our website or use your own content ideas. As well as our standard design palette of colors and fonts:

Colors: #EFAE59, #6B6B6B, #B6B6B6, #2C5BA9
Fonts: Museo Sans 100-900

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF TAKING PART?

A fully sponsored spot on the Global Explorer Program for the winner. The experience of a lifetime and the skills to last you a lifetime, in a global city with a leading company. For free. Courtesy of CI's own Together We Thrive fund.

Practice and refine your design skills. Working from a short brief isn’t easy. Working with that brief to create competition-winning designs is something you can shout about.

Resume talking point. Winning this competition will look great in the achievements section of your resume. How many of your peers have had their designs printed, shared and celebrated? Because that’s what we plan to do with the winning entry.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The competition opens on Wednesday, April 4th. Final entries must be submitted by Monday, April 30th at midnight, EST. The CI Contest Panel will review all ideas submitted and invite the best three to present their proposals via Skype 30-minute on the week commencing Monday, May 7th.

The winner will be announced on Fri, May 11th.

THE TECHNICAL STUFF

Files must be submitted to competitions@city-internships.com in PDF format. You are, of course, welcome to use whichever software you wish to arrive at this stage.

THE RULES

• You are welcome to enter as many competitions as you like, but submissions are restricted to one entry per person.

• All decisions made by the CI Contest Panel are final.

• In order to be eligible to receive the full scholarship, entrants must fit eligibility criteria, outlined below.

• You must own any necessary commercial licenses for media used or you must use media labelled for commercial use. Anything you submit comes with this guarantee.

• The full scholarships offered do not cover accommodation, flight or visa costs where necessary.

• The scholarships are available for summer 2018 only and the Global Explorer Program only.

• By submitting an entry, you transfer ownership of your submission in its entirety to CI.

ELIGIBILITY

Since entrants are competing for a fully-sponsored spot on the Global Explorer Program, all entrants must be eligible to take part.

This program is open to students and recent graduates from all over the world. In addition to being bright, ambitious and passionate about exploring your chosen career path, you must be fluent in both written and spoken English. If you wish to apply to a non-domestic program, you must also possess a valid passport.

TL:DR. Choose your industry focus, win a scholarship.