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Community Placement Program

About

The Community Placement Program (CPP) provides students with the opportunity to work with a diverse range of social businesses. One of the fastest growing sectors in Australia and overseas, social enterprises aim to simultaneously create social and economic value by bringing social impact into the value chain of traditional business models.

As social businesses are often under-resourced, CPP students are relied upon to apply their knowledge, skills and energy to implement new products, marketing strategies or business processes. Students work in teams and are led by an academic and supported by professional staff who are focused on delivering a quality output for its partners. This hands-on experience enables students to contribute to positive change to the business, and more broadly, to the community that it serves.

Students benefit further from their CPP experience as they develop key employability skills such as problem solving, written and oral communication, team work and intercultural competency. The placement provides a wide and diverse range of experiences students can draw on to demonstrate these skills and stand out from the crowd to future employers.

The CPP is offered internationally as an intensive unit during the winter or summer breaks.

Partners

By partnering with CPP, your business will gain access to top tier emerging business talent, giving you the opportunity to improve your business through implementing new products, marketing strategies or business processes.

Students work in teams and are led by an academic and supported by professional staff who are focused on delivering a quality output for your business.

There is no cost to your organisation for participating.

Placements are held with approved social enterprises that:

  • pursue both social and financial objectives
  • have a specific project for students to work on
  • undertake a satisfactory risk assessment

Key CPP partners include:

40K, India

40k is a social business that leverages the knowledge and energy of Australian university students to help build small businesses in remote Indian villages, which then produce the income necessary to fund local education pods.

Bush to Beijing, Sydney & China

Bush to Beijing was established and now managed by two international postgraduate CPP students who were the Winners of the 2014 Carnegie Social Business Award. Bush to Beijing works with Aboriginal owned businesses to sell their products in China.

Maison Collective, Sydney & Nepal

The Maison Collective was set up by a local CPP student who, working with Nepalese orphanages, manages the creation of designer products from existing wasted materials.

The Maison Collective is a recipient of a grant from ENACTUS.

Pollinate Energy, Melbourne & India

Pollinate Energy works with both university students and local communities to deliver affordable and clean energy in a model, which enables local entrepreneurs to develop their own business as part of the process. Learn more about this initiative at, India, Let There Be Light.

Project Everest - Nepal

Project Everest facilitated collaborations between University of Sydney students and social businesses in Nepal.

During the Winter 2014 session, CPP students successfully raised $40,000 in impact investment funding for a social business that creates employment opportunities for Nepalese women rebuilding their lives following domestic abuse.

Project Everest - Alice Springs

In 2014 a team of students travelled to Alice Springs in collaboration with Project Everest to help an Indigenous social enterprise develop its operating model to achieve scale. The enterprise produces and sells traditional bush medicines, and is a vital source of employment for young Indigenous women in the local area. As well as economic value, it also enables the Indigenous staff to strengthen their ties with the land and protect and preserve cultural traditions. Students worked with the organisation to identify and improve the business model (both production and administration), as well as new sales opportunities in mainstream markets.

Tribal Warrior, Sydney

The Tribal Warrior Association is an Aboriginal-owned and operated organisation based in Redfern. Amongst other programs, Tribal Warrior seeks to create employment opportunities and share Aboriginal culture, while operating a profitable chartered cruise that takes passengers on a journey to discover the stories of the Eora, Cadigal, Guringai, Wangal, Gammeraigal and Wallumedegal people.

Broken Hill Council

Students travel to Broken Hill to work with the local Council and other regional partners on projects that deliver value on both social and economic outcomes.

Other partners include:

  • Sydney Story Factory, Sydney
  • CUFA, Sydney & Cambodia
  • Alawa School Farm, Darwin

CONTACT

If your organisation is interested in participating in this program or providing sponsorship, please contact Venessa Ahern for further information at venessa.ahern@sydney.edu.au

Awards

M.H. Carnegie & Co. Social Business Award

Reflective of the growing interest in social enterprises is the increasing number of investors entering the sector. One example is M. H. Carnegie & Co., a venture capital, private equity and alternative asset manager. The firm partners with entrepreneurs and small businesses to provide the capital, support and connections they need to grow. Further, the Carnegie Foundation works with social enterprises to support their development.

Community Placement Program students present their projects for the chance to win the M. H. Carnegie & Co. Social Business Award, judged by a panel led by M. H. Carnegie & Co. The prize includes strategic mentoring from the M. H. Carnegie & Co. investment team and up to $5,000 in capital for the project. Previous winners of the M. H. Carnegie & Co. Social Business Award include:

Bush to Beijing, Sydney & China

Bush to Beijing was established and now managed by two international postgraduate CPP students who were the Winners of the 2014 Carnegie Social Business Award. Bush to Beijing works with Aboriginal owned businesses to sell their products in China.

The Illicit Project

Winners of the Semester 1 2015 Carnegie Social Business Award. This project was set up and managed by two local undergraduate CPP students, working with high schools to provide information to reduce drug use in an innovative manner.

Initiatives

Successful CPP initiatives include:

The Illicit Project

    • Winners of the Semester 1 2015 Carnegie Social Business Award
    • Set up and managed by two local undergraduate CPP students
    • Working with high schools to provide information to reduce drug use in an innovative manner

Bush to Beijing

    • Winners of the 2014 Carnegie Social Business Award
    • Set up and managed by two international postgraduate CPP students
    • Working with Aboriginal owned businesses to sell products in China

Maison Collective

    • Set up and managed by one local undergraduate CPP student
    • Working with Nepalese orphanages to create designer products from existing wasted materials
    • Winner of a grant from ENACTUS

Together Always Photography

    • Set up and managed by one local undergraduate CPP student
    • Working with University students to facilitate a sustainable business in photography with prisoners and their families
    • Winner of a University of Sydney grant

Placements

Intensive Program

Intensive projects are undertaken as a four-week placement in the summer or winter vacation session. The same eligibility requirements apply to all placements. The placement destinations include India and Cambodia.

The delivery of the theory and pre-placement preparation components of the unit are delivered on campus, at the start of the session. The placement will take place in an intensive four-week period within a community (either in regional Australia or off-shore). At the end of the placement, students will come together on campus for the final debrief and professional development component of the unit.

The academic content is assessed in a traditional format, with reports and presentations delivered both individually and in teams. These assessments draw on the experience from the placement but are assessed independently.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Community Placement Program (CPP)?

CPP provides students with the opportunity to work with a diverse range of businesses that have the dual mandate of profit and social outcomes. Typically under-resourced, these businesses will rely on interns' knowledge, skills and energy to assist in developing and implementing a sustainable model and, at the same time, provide students with the chance to contribute to positive change in the world.

When do placements occur?

The student projects can take place either during semester or during the winter and summer vacation periods.

What level of skills will students possess and what kind of work will they do?

The program is open to competitively selected undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Business School as well as other disciplines on a case-by-case basis. The students will have completed at least two full semesters of study (one for postgraduate). They will be provided guidance from the academic staff in the work that they do.

Do the interns need any special skills?

Student skills from a range of disciplines are relevant and we will work to find a role that suits the student and the host organisation.

Are the students paid?

Students are not paid for working in a social business when enrolled in CPP. However, they do earn credit points towards their degree if enrolled in the relevant Unit of Study.

What about insurance?

Students undertaking domestic placements are covered by the University of Sydney's public liability and professional indemnity insurance. We would expect that the organisation provides a safe working environment in accordance with workplace Occupational Health and Safety requirements. Students will be required to complete a Work Health and Safety checklist. Students undertaking an overseas placement are covered by the University of Sydney's travel insurance for the duration of their approved placement.

Is there much paperwork?

The student must complete a degree planner and application form, while the host organisation should provide a description of the project/s that they expect the student to work on including any specific skills required.

Will there be a lot of work in looking after an intern?

Students who successfully enrol in the program will be at a level where they are capable of working on projects either autonomously or within a team with minimal supervision. We expect that they will be able to add real value in terms of their knowledge and skills. They will be supported by staff from the University, and there is flexibility in physical placements versus an external consulting engagement.

What is the advantage for the student in participating in the internship?

The employment market is more competitive than ever, and all students are looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. Our Community Placement Program can help you in two ways. Firstly, it will enable you to apply your skills in different contexts - the first point on every employer's wish list. Secondly, it gives you experience in the rapidly growing field of social business, a sector in which companies are differentiating themselves within a competitive marketplace through bringing social impact into the value chain. You'll have no shortage of experiences to draw upon in your job interviews, as reflected by our alumni which are now working in jobs including Google, UBS in Hong Kong and in government in Washington DC.

What is the advantage for the organisation in participating in the internship?

There is no cost or assessment responsibilities for the organisation for having the additional resources that come through participating in this program. It is an opportunity to raise brand awareness of the organisation and also benefit from high quality work!

How can an organisation get involved?

If you would like to discuss the program further please contact michael.katz@sydney.edu.au

What else is happening in social business at the University of Sydney?

If you are interested in other social business activities that can be done as a part of your degree at the University of Sydney Business School follow the links below: