Find out more about the process before applying.


Programme promoted through universities. Students apply via the website before July 10th 2020.

August 2020: Students invited to complete an online assessment.

Early/mid-August 2020: Shortlisted students invited to attend an interview day at Odgers Berndtson in Sydney or Melbourne.

Mid/late-August 2020: Finalists are informed of the CEO they will shadow

September/October 2020: Finalists spend a day with a CEO.


The programme is open to penultimate and final year students enrolled in a Sydney or Melbourne University.

Who will applicants be matched with?

We only match successful applicants with Chief Executives once the application process is complete and we have our list of finalists. We make every effort to match people together to provide the best experience for both applicants and Chief Executives alike. Both applicants and CEOs tell us what they hope to get out of the programme and this informs who we match together. We hope that both parties learn from each other and discover different perspectives.

Equal opportunities

We are committed to ensuring that all applicants are treated equally. As part of the application process, we also invite applicants to provide voluntary information about their background. This information is captured separately from the application, the answers provided are not seen by the people that consider the application nor does it have any influence on a candidate’s application. This information is kept private and is only used to monitor diversity. Providing this information is completely voluntary.

What will happen on my day with the CEO?

The day spent with the Chief Executive is tailored by the CEO according to the nature of that business and the interests of the applicant. The CEOs involved lead very different types of organisations and will, therefore, expose each student to different experiences. All students will learn about the role of the CEO in the organisation, learn about their organisations, witness a typical day and have a chance to ask their questions and speak to the CEO about his or her experience.

Travel expenses

We can consider reasonable requests to reimburse travel expenses to cover travel to the assessment day held in Sydney/Melbourne and travel to the location of the Chief Executive’s office on the day itself.

Are you an aspiring CEO?

Apply now to participate in Australia’s inaugural CEOx1Day. Applications close on July 28th.

Find out how to apply