Are you the Management Undergraduate of the Year?

Entry criteria

We're searching the best universities in the UK to find the outstanding management undergraduate. We're looking for a winning mix of personal skills, career motivation and an excellent academic record.

To enter you must:

  • be a pre-final year student (anyone not in their final year), on a 3 year or 4 year undergraduate course at a UK university.
  • study a management or business-related degree, or a joint honours degree which includes management or business.
  • be a UK or EU national.

Closing date for entries is 4 February 2015.

Awards ceremony takes place on 24 April 2015 at Canary Wharf, London.

A ten-week summer placement with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, including a week in the USA.

How do I win?

A ten-week summer placement with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, including a week in the USA.

It’s not easy to win the Undergraduate of the Year Award and competition will be fierce. The process is demanding and only the truly outstanding and committed will make it to the last ten. There are three stages that you’ll have to get through.

Stage 1

Register online to submit your personal data and answer three special questions posed by Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Stage 2

Once you have completed Stage 1 and submitted your application, you will be invited to complete three online tests designed exclusively by our partners SHL, the world’s leading assessment provider. The online assessment will take you around two hours to complete (although you don’t have to complete it in one visit) and will include a situational judgement test, OPQ test and an inductive reasoning test. We will then invite up to 60 candidates to the next stage after the closing date on 4 February 2015.

Stage 3

The best-matched students (according to the results of the online tests) make it through to the second stage. This will involve a telephone interview on either 19th, 20th or 24th March, and an assessment centre led by Enterprise Rent-A-Car on 26th March. Enterprise Rent-A-Car will then decide on a shortlist of ten to attend the final.

Stage 4

The final shortlist of ten is invited to the Undergraduate of the Year Awards in Canary Wharf London on 24 April 2015 where the winner will be announced.

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Read more about last years winner Samantha Dartnall.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the Management Undergraduate of the Year

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is sponsoring the Management Undergraduate of the Year award for the fifth successive year because we believe in offering undergraduates the opportunity to put the management skills they have developed on their course into practice.

By applying for this award you will have the opportunity to experience what a graduate recruitment process actually looks and feels like from the application stage, through to telephone interview and, if successful, an assessment centre. You will also get the opportunity to network and get hints and tips from our talent acquisition team and business leaders.

Our top ten will have the experience of an afternoon at Canary Wharf networking with all the other finalists and this brings invaluable experience. Some of our finalists are now great friends – just check twitter!

Over the past four years we have been able to offer internship and placements to over 35 undergraduates who have applied for our award and are looking forward to seeing some more great applications this year and finding the Management Undergraduate of the Year 2015!

What makes an award winner?

The winner of the Management Undergraduate of the Year will be someone who throughout the process demonstrates the competencies that we look for in our graduates and undergraduates. Our winner will have an aptitude for customer service and sales, flexibility, leadership, strong work ethic and great communication skills.

We are not looking for the ready-made undergraduate. You will be able to tell us about how you have gained skills and knowledge from any work experience you have had, previous internships, volunteering and the societies you are involved in on campus. You may have had previous leadership roles or positions of responsibility. We are not concerned with which university you attend but more about you as a person. Previous finalists have set themselves apart by connecting with our employees through social media and have done their research on Enterprise. You can do that too by connecting with us on @ERAC_Jobs where you’ll find useful resources to help you with your application.

Find out more about us and our graduate programmes at:

Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Previous winner

Samantha Dartnall, Information Management and Business Studies, Loughborough University

Management Undergraduate of the Year

Samantha being presented with the award by Jim Burrell, Senior Vice President – Europe at Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Samantha, originally from New Zealand, is studying Information Management and Business at Loughborough University. During her studies she captained the women’s squash team, sat on the staff-student committee as a student representative, and worked part time at both a conference centre and pharmacy. Outside of university, she loves to travel, manage her own investments portfolio and has a passion for all outdoor pursuits, especially running, equestrian and snow sports among others. She has just completed a 10 week summer internship with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, which included working at the European Head Office and a trip to their offices in St Louis, Missouri, meeting many of the senior team at Enterprise.

Read more about what Samantha Dartnall learnt from her internship with Enterprise Rent-a-Car.