Solve It UK

Be part of a team that helps a non-profit shape its future.

Solve It is a competition for university students who would like to use their skills to help a non-profit to address some of their current strategic and operational challenges. Participating in this event will give you the opportunity to learn, meet like-minded peers, and do meaningful work that will have a social impact.

Competition details

Initial application – (Applications for Solve It UK have closed)

  • Apply, as an individual, by submitting a 1-2 page CV. Please upload this in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
  • All applicants will receive an update on the status of their application by the end of March.
  • If your application is successful, we will divide you into small university-based teams for the first round.

First round – March 2021

  • Each team will receive an assignment based on a key challenge facing the non-profit’s leadership.
  • Teams will then work together remotely to analyse the situation and submit their proposed solution electronically.
  • Selected teams will be invited to the final round which will take place virtually.

Final round – April 2021 (exact date TBC)

  • Teams will be given a new assignment by the same non-profit organisation.
  • You’ll spend the day coming up with a proposed solution to the challenge, supported by McKinsey consultants.
  • Solutions will be presented to a panel of McKinsey consultants and the non-profit leaders who will determine the winning team.
  • Each member of the winning team will receive £2,000 in addition to a McKinsey mentor to support them for the next six months of their academic and professional journey.

Who are we looking for?

We are keen to get to know students who:

  • actively seek ways to stretch themselves
  • enjoy problem solving and creative thinking
  • thrive working with in a team
  • are keen to expand their leadership potential
  • have a desire to make an impact on the world around them
  • want to learn more about a career working in consulting at McKinsey

If you think this sounds a little bit (or a lot) like you, we invite you to apply to Solve It.

Who is eligible?

The competition is open to current undergraduate and Master’s degree students graduating in 2021 or later from one of the universities listed below. Please note that you are not eligible for this competition if you are currently studying for an MBA, PHD, or are enrolled at a university that is not listed.

Eligible universities:

Cardiff University
Queen Mary University of London
Queen’s University Belfast
University of Bath
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
University of Durham
University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
University of Leeds
University of Liverpool
University of Manchester
University of Newcastle
University of Nottingham
University of Sheffield
University of Southampton
University of Strathclyde
University of Warwick
University of York

If you have previously applied for a role or event with McKinsey, you are still welcome to apply. All applications will be reviewed regardless of prior applications or their outcomes.

At this time, we are only able to host this competition for candidates from a limited number of universities. If your university is not included in the list above, or you are ready to apply for a full-time role, please visit our careers website to learn about other opportunities that might be of interest to you.

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This program is intended for students currently studying at the universities mentioned above. It is one of many worldwide programs aimed at helping all individuals get to know McKinsey better.