Practical Projects

** Entry for all the events that were part of the Summer Programme 2014 have now closed. Find out more about the Summer Programme 2015 **

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands on some practical work with entrepreneurs and businesses this summer. Learn on the go, add great skills to your CV, and make connections with other like-minded people.

With opportunities like working for a London SME for 8-12 weeks or going to Kenya for 6 weeks to help local Kenyan entrepreneurs progress their entrepreneurial dreams, there is something this summer that will appeal to you if you want to learn more about how businesses work!

Who can Attend?

These opportunities are also open to anyone who is part of the UCL Advances Entrepreneurathon and Summer Skills Workshop programmes.

  • UCL Students
  • UCL Alumni*
  • UCL Staff
    *who are within 12 months of graduation

List of Projects:

Citrus Saturday

18, 21, 28 June 2014, 5 July 2014

Each summer UCL Advances runs Citrus Saturday, a project to help local young people (aged 11 to 15) find out about running a business and experience creating their own startup for a day, making and selling lemonade!

We need UCL student volunteers to act as ‘Business Mentors’ to the young people during the 2 Citrus Saturday workshops (21st and 28th June) and to help when they sell their lemonade on market stalls across Camden on Citrus Saturday (5th July).

Find out more about Citrus Saturday

Summer Consultancy Projects


Teams of volunteer UCL and LBS students (with the help of an advisor) get paired with businesses to deliver short-term consultancy projects. A typical team of 4-6 students from diverse academic backgrounds will usually deliver a project within 8-12 weeks (from the first client meeting with the student team) but this project duration may be substantially reduced if undertaken in the summer with increased hours given by the student team members.

Find out more about the Summer Consultancy Projects

PhD Consulting Week

14-18 July 2014

Deadline: 1 May 2014

This intensive course, run in partnership with UCL Advances and the UCL Graduate School, is fully-funded and represents a unique opportunity for a UCL PhD Researcher to begin to sketch out their career roadmap and develop a set of transferable business-related skills. Work in teams of Researchers to create a strategic approach to solving a real business dilemma. Visit the business’ premises, gather context and background, and construct a plan of action that will come together as the week progresses.

Find out more about PhD Consulting Week

Balloon Kenya

21 June – 21 September

Deadline: 14 April 2014

UCL Advances is delighted in making this opportunity available again this year and will be sponsoring 10 students (£1995) to go to Kenya this summer for 6 weeks with Balloon Kenya to learn about enterprise, work with and help train Kenyan counterparts to start businesses, and to help them pitch for investment. You will gain training on enterprise and innovation on an international scale and help tackle poverty and create change in Kenya.

The programme starts with a week of intensive training in entrepreneurship and innovation followed by working with Kenyan counterparts to start businesses that address problems in their local communities. The final step will be to pitch for some investment to get the business off the ground. 

Find out more about Balloon Kenya

Summer Internship Programme

16 June – 19 September

Deadline: 25 April 2014

UCL Advances is offering 120 students the exciting chance to work in SMEs across London. This is an ideal opportunity to gain credible work experience and pick up entrepreneurial skills directly from small business owners. The internships will last for 8 or 12 weeks over the summer.

In addition to new skills and experience to add to your CV, you will receive a tax-free training allowance of £250 per week for the full time internship with the SME.

Find out more about the Summer Internship Programme

Focus on Management

10-12 June 2014

Deadline: 15 April 2014

Focus on Management is UCL Careers' most popular course giving you a unique opportunity to develop your employability skills by tackling case studies alongside graduate employees (“Team Managers”) from a range of industry sectors. 

It is a three day non-residential course which is demanding but rewarding and will enhance your CV, help develop your commercial awareness and give you plenty to talk about in interviews.

Find out more about Focus on Management