Shell Business Challenge

Do you want to bridge the gap between the theories you learn and the reality that corporate execuives face?

Participate in the Shell Business Challenge and get an exclusive insight into the energy industry by performing 6 weeks of part time (6 hours a week) research for a distinguished multinational. During these 6 weeks, every monday evening there will be a meeting. The location will always be in Groningen, and if it is somewhere else, transport will be arranged for you. The business challenge will be free of charge.

Selected students will work on a business case supported by hands-on coaching from Shell professionals and FEB-professors and compete for the best solution. In small interdisciplinary groups, students will focus on managing their own portfolio, aiming to meet the world’s growing demand for energy in ways that are economically, environmentally and socially responsible. The results will be presented to a panel of Shell senior executives and FEB-professors.

As a participant, you will...

  • Find out what it’s like to work for Shell
  • Get in contact with the company’s recruitment department
  • Receive a certificate from FEB and Shell
  • Upgrade your CV with a valuable experience
  • Demonstrate your professional skills
  • Participate in a challenging course that can be combined with the workload of your courses

Are you a third-year Bachelor or Master student and are you ready to take the challenge?

Sign up online using the button on the right side of the webpage! After the application you need to send your CV ans short motivation letter (250 words) to The deadline is the 8th of January 23.59. The students will be selected by Shell. International students are more than welcome to apply! Are you not an EBF Member but a FEB student? Please e-mail your CV and motivation letter to before the 8th of January 23.59. 

For questions and more information on the Shell Business Challenge please contact Hylke Halsema (


Participating in the Shell Business Challenge in 2017 gave me a surprisingly good insight in the various business activities that are needed in managing complex investment portfolios on a global scale. I realised during this business challenge, through mentorship from a senior manager from Shell that using only financial metrics really doesn’t cut it when you need to decide on investing in an offshore LNG plant in Nigeria or investing in a solar plant in China. It showed me the vast and complex world of energy markets and I got to know Shell and its culture through these coaching sessions with my mentor and presentations (and drinks) with people from Shell. Through this experience it became clear that I wanted to make a real impact through the energy market and I am now working for a company providing sustainable energy to over 100 million people worldwide. I would highly recommend participating in the EBF – Shell Business Challenge to anyone who is seeking a real challenge and is interested in energy and sustainability.

Thomas Jonkman

Contact manager at ENGIE

Participant of the EBF - Shell Business Challenge 2017