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Our mission at the Bank of England is to promote the good of the people of the UK, by maintaining monetary and financial stability.

In order to fulfil our mission, we have to make sure we are resilient to ever-evolving cyber threats – in this fast-moving digital environment, no institution can stand still. We need to continue to raise our game if we are to keep pace.

With recent cyber attacks on high-profile systems and organisations such as the Bank of Bangladesh, it’s more important than ever that our systems, critical infrastructure and highly confidential data are safe from potential threats and vulnerabilities.

The challenge

Taking in to account what the Bank has done in recent years, and with the ever-advancing changes in technology, we want you to tell us how you would apply your knowledge of cyber security and technology to help us meet our mission. Think big. Be creative. And showcase the skills you could bring to our technology teams.

What do you need to do?

The chance to contribute to society and make it better for everyone is a large part of what makes a role with us so rewarding. So, we’ll be looking for ideas that make a positive difference to society.

Tell us:

  • What you think the Bank’s primary concerns would be
  • Your strategy and approach in a nutshell
  • Using a practical example from your approach:
Your idea

How would you look to implement it

Technical difficulties

How you’d overcome any technical and practical difficulties

Resources to get up and running

What resources you’d need to get it up and running

Whatever your idea, pitch it to us.

Whether you’re studying at uni, sixth form, college or equivalent, if you’re aged 16+ you could win a paid internship at the Bank of England, during which you will have the opportunity to increase your knowledge of cyber security.

The prize

What could you win?

A four to six week paid summer internship at our Threadneedle Street office, during which you’ll work closely with our technology and cyber security teams.

Before the internship begins, you will get an exclusive invitation to visit the Bank, where you’ll meet some of the key people in our Technology team.

Please refer to Full terms & conditions for more information.

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What are we looking for?

Be creative!

Show off your technical knowledge (no matter how great or small) and prove that you’re a problem-solver who can communicate ideas in a clear and interesting way.

Challenge our assumptions and show us fresh angles and perspectives. You’ll also need to demonstrate an awareness of the wider impact of your idea, and any associated risks.

You don’t need to be an expert in cyber security – it’s creativity and original ideas that count.

Creativity and originality

We’ll assess your entry on your creativity and originality, and we’ll be looking for you to demonstrate:

  • Technical knowledge
  • Analytical problem solving
  • Leadership and inclusivity
  • Delivering results
  • Clear communication skills

The entry criteria

  • Enter on your own or as a team of up to six people.
  • The competition is aimed at students aged 16+ studying in the UK; however, we will also consider entries from overseas.
  • Entries must be in English.
  • We must be able to open your entry on a standard Windows-build desktop.
  • Be creative with your entries, but to give you a size guide:
750 words
10 slides
2 mins
  • Upload your entry through this site by 12am GMT on 21 November 2017.
  • Make sure your entry includes the name, phone number and email address of your main contact.
  • Download and read our Full terms & conditions - pdf file


Have something you want to ask us about the competition or what we’re looking for? Get in contact by tweeting us @BankofEngland using the hashtag #BoETechComp or emailing us at