14 December 2012
An Aston student has gained an internship with giant technology firm Siemens, after winning The National Student Challenge 2012 competition.
Management student, Katharina Gammel, competed against 4,000 students from 118 universities to win the paid internship with Siemens.
Finalists took part in a variety of practical tests which included individual and group exercises to test their decision making, communication and business awareness.
Katharina the first ever female winner of the TARGETjobs competition was crowned the UK’s best and brightest university student and was also awarded a cash prize of £1,000. The final took place at the Crystal Building in London in December.
The National Student Challenge 2012 is organised in partnership with Siemens and is sponsored by Grant Thornton, National Grid, Telefonica and Toyota.
Katharina said; “It means a lot to me to have won this competition, not only because I am the first ever female winner, but also because I’m really looking forward to my internship with Siemens. I feel that the skills gained at Aston University through my study and placement year really do enhance one's chances for success with employers.”
Jennifer Whitehouse, Talent Acquisition Partner at Siemens said; “We wanted to partner with the National Student Challenge as it’s a great opportunity to engage with students from across the UK, whilst allowing them to develop their employability skills. We are particularly proud to be associated with a competition that is open to all undergraduates, regardless of where or what they study. Siemens are offering Katharina an internship in addition to the cash prize as we feel that gaining industry experience will be of lasting benefit to her."
The runners up were James Hoyes (Law, University of Sheffield) and Liam Bryant (Civil Engineering, University of Bath).
For more information about National Student Challenge or other TARGETjobs Events, contact Kathryn Callow via email; call 0207 061 1932 or visit www.targetjobsevents.co.uk.
For further media information please contact Eva Tabora University Communications on 0121 204 4292.
Notes to Editors
The National Student Challenge has been developed by TARGETjobs Events, part of GTI Media, and is the UK’s specialist graduate careers events provider. It is one of a number of successful student events held each year including Women in Investment Management, Engineer Your Future, Undergraduate of the Year and IT’s not just for the boys!