Challenge

PwC's Case Competition

Today's dynamic business environment requires analytical thinking, fact-based decision making, and collaborative action. You’ll experience it all first hand in Challenge, our entry level case competition.

The Challenge case competition models real-world business scenarios focusing on the strategic issues currently being faced by companies all over the world. It is open to all freshmen and sophomores (and juniors in a 5 year program) and does not require detailed knowledge of business concepts or accounting.

Read on for more information about how it works, what it takes to succeed, and to learn whether your school is participating.

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About the program

Join nearly 5,000 other students from 100 colleges and universities, learn more about the strategic issues companies all over the world are facing, and compete for cash prizes. In addition to gaining recognition for your critical thinking and communication skills, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with PwC professionals who will judge and provide input on your business cases and presentations.

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How it works

Look for Challenge

Look for Challenge case competition informational events and materials at your school. Talk with your local PwC recruiter to learn more about the timing of the competition on your campus and start thinking about your potential teammates.

Build your team

Find your four or five member team.

  • At least two members of each team must have the intent to apply, applied or are currently enrolled in the Business School.

  • Teams are encouraged to include a member with the intent major/minor in STEM*

*Relevant STEM Majors/Minors include, but are not limited to: Data/Business Analytics, Engineering, Computer Science, Information Systems, Technology Management, Management Information Systems and Security

Eligible Participants

  • 1st (Freshman) and 2nd (Sophomore) year students in a 4 year program

  • 1st (Freshman), 2nd (Sophomore) and 3rd (Junior) year students in a 5 year program

  • Juniors in process of applying for a 5th year program

Attend official kick-off event

At the kick-off event, you and your teammates will learn how to collaborate together to address a significant business issue and develop skills to be a high-performing team.  You will also meet with PwC representatives to receive your official case materials with instructions and further information.

Develop your solution

You and your team will have a designated period of time to develop your solution and consult with your faculty and PwC mentors for guidance and encouragement along the way. The average time it takes a team to complete the case assignment is 10-15 hours.

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What it takes

PwC launched Challenge in 2002, to increase students' exposure to professional services and the world of public accounting. Since then, the competition has grown substantially, with nearly 100 schools involved and  almost 45,000 participants.  The case competition continues to have a significant impact on our participants, helping them to better understand the vast career opportunities in professional services and connecting them with those in the industry. Winning teams demonstrate critical thinking, strong presentation skills, teamwork, and time management.

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What's in it for me?

There are rewards, personal and financial. Team with friends to discuss and solve real world problems. Gain exposure to PwC professionals  who will evaluate your teamwork, critical thinking and communication skills.  Walk away with a stronger sense of professionalism and improved presentation skills, along with a broader network of relationships.

Each member of a winning team will receive $200.

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Eligibility

As of August 2018, the firm will not be hiring entry level job seekers who are or will be subject to the H-1B lottery, except as set forth below.

Certain groups may make exceptions to the above policy.  Entry level job seekers who will need to participate in the H-1B lottery may be considered for the following groups within PwC (please note that PwC may revise these exceptions in its sole discretion at any time):

  • Advisory

    • Cybersecurity & Privacy

  • Assurance

    • Innovation & Technology

    • MIDA

    • Japanese Business Network

    • Actuarial Services

    • Digital Risk Solutions

    • TS Valuation - Financial Analytics & Derivatives (FA&D)

  • Tax

    • Japanese Business Network

    • Transfer Pricing (PhD only)

    • Tax Technology & Compliance

    • Seasonal Tax Positions

  • xLOS

    • MBA candidates eligible for STEM extension

We will continue to monitor the regulatory environment and modify our policy if our business needs change.  If you have questions, please reach out to your school recruiter.

If you are unsure who your school recruiter is, if there is not a recruiter at your school, or you are not currently in school, please reach out to us_pwcimmquestions@pwc.com. Only questions specifically related to immigration will be considered and answered.

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