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Take part in the Accenture Innovation Challenge and do well by doing good.

Do Well by Doing Good

The 2017 Accenture Innovation Challenge (AIC) for undergraduate students is here! This competition is a multi-round event that combines hands-on consulting experience with the opportunity to make a positive impact on society. This year we are excited to be partnering with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI).

  • Participants work in consulting-style teams and benefit from mentoring by Accenture staff

  • Teams develop an innovative idea to solve a real-life challenge faced by our non-profit partner

  • Teams compete for the opportunity to pitch their idea to our non-profit partner and Accenture senior leadership

  • Make a real impact: the winning team will join Accenture for an Innovation Experience to develop the plan to potentially put their idea into practice

Participating in the Accenture Innovation Challenge allows you to put your community spirit and creative ideas to the test to make a positive impact – all while gaining consulting experience as an undergraduate student. Learn more about the challenge and how you can participate.

About the Challenge

How to Enter

To participate in the challenge, all applicants and team members must complete both parts of the application process by their school’s application deadline:

  1. Part 1: Initial Registration Form

  2. Part 2: Accenture Careers site (link will be available after completing Part 1)

Participating Schools

Competition Awards

  1. Final round winners will receive a 2017 summer internship offer*, the opportunity to implement their Innovation Challenge solution, and a cash prize up to $5,000.

  2. Finalists in the last round and winners of each round will receive a certificate from their winning round.

  3. Winners and Runner-Ups of Round 1 will have a celebratory dinner with Accenture AIC team members.

*Subject to eligibility based on US work authorization and GPA.

Key Details about the Competition and Process

Students will apply to the undergraduate competition individually, and Accenture will make the final team assignments. We will ensure that all teams are comprised of students from a wide variety of skills and backgrounds, which is consistent with client projects.

There are four rounds to the competition:

Official Rules & Eligibility

Our Official Terms and Conditions will be available soon to provide additional information on competition rules and eligibility.

In order to participate in the Accenture Innovation Challenge, students must meet the following criteria:

  • University Enrollment: Candidates must be full-time students at one of the participating universities or members of one of the partner diversity organizations

  • Citizenship Status: Students must be legal residents of the United States; they do NOT need United States work authorization to participate in the challenge

  • GPA: Students must have a GPA of 2.8 or higher to participate in the competition

  • Class Year: Students must be Freshmen, Sophomores or Juniors graduating and available for full-time employment between December 2017 – June 2020.

  • Students cannot participate if:

    • They are seniors

    • GPA < 2.8

    • Student participated in the fall interview process and did not pass their final interview

A look at Past Challenges

Partners for Possibilities

Accenture was proud to partner with national non-profit organizations, World Wildlife Fund, for the 2016 Accenture Innovation Challenge undergraduate competition, and Back On My Feet, for the 2015 MBA competition. As part of the challenge, participating students developed innovative solutions and competed for a chance to possibly help implement their solution to address a real-world challenge faced by these organizations.

The World Wildlife Fund (also known as the World Wide Fund for Nature or WWF) is the world's leading environmental conservation organization. Since April 1961, WWF projects have taken a holistic approach to protecting nature's wildlife by enlisting the talents of scientists to study endangered species and habitats, organizing political support from international leaders, and engaging business organizations and millions of individuals around the world to participate in environmental protection efforts. WWF continues to fund local, regional, national, and global initiatives to address climate and food production changes while restoring our forests, oceans, and freshwater ecosystems.

Back On My Feet combats homelessness by empowering its Members to "earn the opportunity to create a new road for themselves." Members who run regularly at least three times a week promote values like dedication and hard work. They also gain access to the organization's resources, including interview training, employment opportunities, and financial assistance. Founded in 2007 as the brainchild of lifelong runner Anne Mahlum, Back On My Feet has expanded to 11 chapters nationwide that have serviced more than 5000 members.

Accenture Innovation Challenge Photo Albums

Watch and see how our teams come together to make an impact

Check out our photo albums on Facebook for a glimpse at some of the teams and activities from current and prior Accenture Innovation Challenges: 2016/2015, 2015/2014 and 2014/2013.

Watch our playlist on YouTube for insights and advice from student participants, and Accenture and non-profit partner judges who attended the final rounds of prior year’s undergraduate and MBA Innovation Challenge competitions.