Student Brief

I Accelerator Student Benefits

The I Accelerator provides students with the opportunity to work on live business projects for our partner companies. EDI creates quality work experience for students, where they have the opportunity to be based in our workspace in Shoreditch or conduct their work experience virtually. Students will work in teams developing solutions to business challenges, which they will present at the head office of the organisations or to senior leaders via our virtual work experience. Work experience provides an opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge in a live business setting.

Who should apply?

The I Accelerator is focused on creating opportunities for diverse talent. EDI has partnered with Microsoft BAME Network to deliver an outstanding work experience opportunity. Students from African, Caribbean, Asian and Mixed heritage should submit an application by 13th July 2020 for Sixth Form Students and  by 23rd July for Undergraduates(Please do not delay in submitting your forms as we will be assigning places as we receive applications)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Current Sixth form student or University student
  • Eligible to work in the UK (Proof will be required)
  • Must be from African, Caribbean, Asian or Mixed Heritage
  • Commitment to being available for ALL of the dates of the programme

What can I expect on the programme?

  • Engaging insights from industry
  • Personal development workshops
  • Awareness of career opportunities
  • Opportunity to build your professional network with Microsoft Leaders
  • Opportunity to work on a live business challenge

What happens next?

Once you complete your form, successful candidates will be invited to an online interview. On completion of the interview you will be advised, as to whether you have secured a place on the programme.


“The accumulation of the learning gave me a new set of skills which propelled me into entering spaces which seemed like a dream beforehand.”

James Appiah, Sixth Form student

“The I Accelerator was a game-changer that showed me that an abundance of opportunities were at my feet; it inspired me to raise my game and aspire to be the ‘best that I can be”

Corinne Ferguson, Sixth Form Student

“Overall my experience at the I Accelerator was great. It taught me how to work in teams, be confident, always aim high and not let race or gender stop me from reaching my end goal. This experience definitely encouraged me to pursue a career in civil engineering.”

Esther Oluyede Sixth Form Student

“The week was full of inspiring talks from people like us who were once in our positions, and we learned how they were able to get to the same places that we aspire to reach.”

Delma Fomuso, Robotics Engineering Degree Student