Students and recent graduates in London are being invited to compete for the Mayor of London's Low Carbon Prize. Entrants can compete for an internship with Siemens and winners get a grant of up to £20,000 to start a low carbon project.
The experience of putting together a competitive application will be a big help when hunting for graduate jobs. In order to beat the competition you will need to think seriously about what makes your proposal unique, and why you are the best candidate.
Siemens will also invite 20 shortlisted applicants to attend an assessment centre and be interviewed for an internship. This is independent of the main grant and will last between three and twelve months. It isn’t obligatory.
The prize is part of a plan to cut London's CO2 emissions by 60% by 2025. Previous winners have used their winnings to create guides to local sustainability organisations, construct photovoltaic cells and turn coffee beans into biofuel.
London Mayor Boris Johnson said: 'I am convinced that somewhere out there is the next big idea that will not only help us reduce our carbon emissions but also encourage huge investment and growth in the capital.'
If you want to enter, you have until midday on 17 May. The competition is open to anyone who is currently a student, or was one in July 2012. You must have studied at a London college or university.
To enter, applicants need to download an application pack, put together a PowerPoint presentation and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to present their application to a panel of judges.
If you're on twitter you can scope out the competition via the #MLCPrize hashtag. If you aren't, then you had better sort yourself out; you have to tweet as part of the application process.
How to put together your presentation
In order to get the best out of your presentation, follow these steps:
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- Use the template – the Mayor of London's office has put together a very clear template that simply needs to be filled in (if you can't be bothered to do anything else).
- That said, style counts – presentations should use big images and appealing headlines. A professional appearance will help your case.
- You can't be there to explain it – assessors will read your presentation without you during the opening round. It needs to be clear and concise.