The team is expanding. Join us. Apply by Sept 18th.


The vision

The vision for the Climate Investment Challenge is to become the preeminent climate finance competition for graduate students. To make the competition a success, we are looking for a team of highly motivated students who are passionate about sustainability, finance and business.

The 2019/20 edition of the competition, which launched as a pilot exclusive to UK graduate students, attracted significant interest across the UK. The competition received 38 submissions from 117 students representing 14 different UK universities. The competition could not have been made possible without the support from three major corporate sponsors: Candriam Investors Group, Standard Chartered, and Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners.

This year, we are building on this success and expanding the competition to all Masters and MBA students across Europe. If you want to be part of this amazing opportunity to create and promote the 2021 European Climate Investment Challenge, apply today and join our team!

How to apply

Email (1) your CV and (2) a half-page cover letter explaining your interest in joining the Climate Investment Challenge team to the email addresses below.

Application Deadline: Friday September 18th, 2020, 11.59pm.

Be sure to specify the role you are applying for in the ‘Subject’ line (see below). If you are interested in multiple roles, please list them out in your cover letter.

  • Subject: CIC Application – [role you are applying for]
    • For example: CIC Application – Competition Chair OR CIC Application – Multiple
  • To: [email protected]

The roles

The Climate Investment Challenge team will be comprised of 5 roles. 

The student team will work closely with the Steering Committee, made of the Centre for Climate Finance & Investment and a team of Imperial College alumni.

  • Competition Chair
  • University Partnerships Lead (2 roles)
  • Industry & Student Relations Lead
  • Marketing & Communications Lead

Competition Chair

  • Responsible for the overall strategy and success of the 2021 edition of the Climate Investment Challenge
  • Lead team in planning, coordination and implementation of the competition
  • Work closely with the Steering Committee and provide regular updates
  • Collaborate with the University Partnership Leads to develop regional university engagement plans
  • Collaborate with the Marketing & Communications Lead to develop a marketing strategy
  • Collaborate with the Industry Relations Lead to identify opportunities of collaboration with public and private organisations
  • Develop a timeline of deliverables and KPIs for the team, and support the team as required


University Partnerships Lead

(2 roles)

  • Develop regional university engagement plans to identify and connect with key target universities / business schools
  • Responsible for developing partnerships with universities student groups (or identifying local student support) to champion the competition
  • Engage and reach out to academic and support staff to promote competition
  • Work closely with the Steering Committee and provide regular updates
  • Support Industry & Student Relations Lead with the evaluation of student submissions

Industry & Student Relations Lead

  • Responsible for identifying opportunities to collaborate with public and private organisations working in the climate finance space
  • Review existing process of evaluating student submissions as well as guidance material provided to students, and – as required – update them for the 2021 competition
  • Lead and coordinate evaluation of student submissions during Stage 1 and the Semifinals stage
  • Work closely with the Steering Committee and provide regular updates

Marketing & Communications Lead

  • Develop marketing strategy to increase awareness of the competition across the UK and to introduce the competition across the rest of Europe
  • Collaborate with Univ. Partnerships team to maximise impact of activities
  • Grow digital presence of the competition by developing short webinar “guidance” videos and other promotional material and liaise with the ICBS Marketing team to promote through ICBS social media accounts
  • Identify third-party websites and other relevant channels to highlight the competition
  • Responsible for all updates to the competition website
  • Work closely with the Steering Committee and provide regular updates

Your profile

For All Roles:

  • Strong interest in sustainability, finance and business.
  • Superb time management and organisation skills (recognising the need to juggle MSc. demands, job applications, etc.)
  • Interest in furthering the progress and public awareness of climate finance
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a ‘go-getter’ attitude
  • Some experience organising events or conferences

For Competition Chair, also:

  • Strong leadership experience, whether through work experience or extracurriculars

For Marketing & Communications Lead, also:

  • Video making/editing skills and website management

The team structure

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