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Industry Placement Program

We believe that a business degree should include genuine experience of today's business world, so we offer students who are enrolled in a Business School degree an opportunity to work for a leading firm as part of their degree, through our Industry Placement Program (IPP).

Credited towards a Business School degree, IPP offers a work placement for a minimum of 3 days per week for 10 weeks during semester or an equivalent number of hours over the summer vacation programs.

Enrolment into the program or unit of study is selective and only those students who successfully proceed through the selection process are considered for placements. Students from the Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Commerce combined degrees; the Masters of Commerce; the Masters of HR & IR; and the Masters of Professional Accounting are eligible to apply. The selection criteria on which all assessment tasks are based are Business Acumen, Teamwork and Leadership, Business Communication, and Critical Thinking.

The Industry Placement Program unit of study for both undergraduate and postgraduate students is an elective unit only and cannot count towards a major/specialisation. Students are responsible for their own degree progression and must ensure they have sufficient room in their degree, or permission to overload.

  • Undergraduate students must be able to provide evidence of a credit average or above.
  • Postgraduate students must be able to provide evidence of a credit average or above.

Please note that you cannot enrol in this unit until you have been successful in the assessment centre and have been offered an industry placement. Please do not try and enrol through Sydney Student until this time.

The Industry Placement Program falls across various categories, including:

  1. Local - placements with Sydney based firms across most industries e.g. Finance, Accounting, Marketing, HR, etc.
  2. International - placements in Asia, Europe, the US and South America
  3. Canberra - placements in government and not-for-profit agencies

For more information on each of the placement categories and the relevant application process please select the relevant tab above. To read about students' experiences in our IPP programs, browse our blogs in the Big Opportunity blog.


Corporate Partners

Students enrolled in the Industry Placement Program are competitively selected after achieving a high academic record and performing well in all assessment centre tasks.

By partnering with us on this program your firm will gain access to the best emerging business talent giving you the opportunity to identify, develop and potentially recruit tomorrow's business leaders.

There is no cost to your organisation for participating and hosting a placement has the added benefit of enhancing your firm's profile as an employer of choice amongst our student population. 

In addition students work on 'real-life' projects which add real value and can assist in advancing work commitments.

Local Placements

At the University of Sydney Business School we believe that a business degree should include genuine experience of today’s business world, so we offer you an opportunity to work for a leading Sydney based organisation while completing your degree. You will gain quality industry experience and have the opportunity to learn from the best in the field.

The industry placement program gives you the opportunity to earn 6 credit points towards your degree by working (unpaid) for 10 weeks part-time during semester and 6 weeks full-time during the summer holiday period. During your placement you’ll work on projects which allow you to apply the knowledge and theory gained through your degree, in an authentic business setting developing and implementing sustainable business solutions.

Please refer to the local Industry Placement Program section for more information.

Industry Placement Program Local Bursaries now available

The Business School is now able to offer a limited number of scholarships to successful students of the local IPP Program. These scholarships, valued at $2,500, are intended for those who would not otherwise be able to do IPP due to financial constraints. Scholarships are assessed on equity and students will need to provide supporting evidence. Applications are via the Scholarships and Financial Support Service.

Semester 2 2017 Summer 2018 Semester 1 2018

Placement Duration

14th August to 20th October 2017

15th January to 23rd February 2018

Semester 1 2018 Week 3 to Week 12 (3 days per week)

Hosts confirm participation

May 2017

August 2017

Student Information Session

14th March 2017 1pm-2pm (Abercrombie Building Case Study Lecture Theatre 1050)
15th March 2017 5pm-6pm (Abercrombie Building Case Study Lecture Theatre 1070)

9th August 2017 12pm – 1pm (Abercrombie Building Case Study Lecture Theatre 1050)

10th August 2017 5pm – 6pm

Student Applications open

9am on 14th March – 12pm on 24th March 2017

9am on 9th August 2017 – 12pm on 18th August 2017

Online Application

Applications are now closed.

Applications are now closed.

Assessment Centres

26th April to 1st May 2017

11th – 22nd September 2017

Compulsory Pre-Placement Training

First two weeks of Semester 2 (dates TBC)

Week commencing 30th October 2017

First two weeks of Semester 1 (dates TBC)

International Placements

During the Australian summer vacation the Business School's International Placement Program comprises placements in the United States (Washington DC & Los Angeles) as well as in China (Shanghai & Beijing) and Hong Kong. The winter program which runs from late June to early August comprises placements in France (Paris) and Chile (Santiago).

United States - Washington DC and Los Angeles

The University of Sydney Business School in conjunction with the United States Study Centre (USSC) has established a partnership with the University of California Washington Centre (UCDC) and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) to offer Business School undergraduate students an exclusive opportunity to study and work in Washington DC or Los Angeles. As part of these programs students will complete three units of study in addition to undertaking a 9 week professional placement.

During the 2016-17 session more than 40 students worked with organisations such as:, M&C Saatchi, Tourism Australia, McCafferty & Co., City of Santa Monica, International Economic Development Council, Capitol Hill, East-West Center, Rio Tinto and many more…

Further details about these programs are available on the Washington DC and LA Placement Program pages.

Washington DC and LA Program 2018
Placement Duration

8th January to 9th March 2018

Hosts confirm participation

16th October 2017

Student Information Session

2nd August, 12-1pm Abercrombie Building, Lecture Theatre 1050

Student Applications open

9am on 3rd August – 12pm on 14th August 2017

Online Application link

Applications are now closed

Assessment Centres

28th – 30th August 2017

Compulsory Pre-Placement Training

Week commencing 30th October 2017

Mainland China (Shanghai and Beijing) and Hong Kong

The China Placements Program is targeted towards students with the required work visas and language skills to allow them to work with International organisations at their offices based in China.

During the most recent session which ran over the 2016-17 summer vacation over 50 students from the Business School's undergraduate and postgraduate programs travelled and worked in China with organisations such as: EY, PwC, KPMG, Grant Thornton, Beijing Advertising Company, Hilti, Henkel and many more…

Students worked with their allocated host organisation from Monday to Friday in addition to completing the relevant assessment tasks associated with the respective unit of study (BUSS2504/BUSS6506) during their non-working hours. Students were supported by a leading academic from the Business School.

Applications for the China 2017-18 program will open during semester 2 2017. A credit average and 48 credit points or two completed semesters of Business units are required prior to going on placement. Spoken & written Mandarin/Cantonese skills and a Chinese passport  are essential for this program.

Students will receive 6 credit points towards their degree for successfully completing the program.

China 2017/18
Placement Duration

27th November 2017 to 5th January 2018 OR 3rd January to 14th February 2018.

Students are not able to select the placement period, it is dependent on the company they are placed with.

Student Information Session

3rd August 12-1pm (Abercrombie Building Seminar Room 2020)

Student Applications open

3rd August 9am to 14th August 12pm

Online Application

Applications are now closed

Assessment Centres

28th August to 8th September 2017

Compulsory Pre-Placement Training

Week commencing 30th October 2017

France - Paris

The Paris Placement Program provides a unique experience for students to work and study in Paris for six weeks during the winter vacation period. Applications will open at the beginning of Semester 1 2018.

The six week placement will enable students to live and work in the heart of Paris and attend one of France's top universities ' SciencesPo. In addition to working for six weeks in either a public or private sector organisation students will study in the evenings for four weeks at SciencesPo. The course will focus on the EU and will include French language. Students will receive a total of 12 credit points towards their degree by successfully completing the relevant Business School unit of study in addition to a second unit of study based on French language and European Business studies.

In previous years students worked with various organisations such as: the OECD, Deloitte, Altios International, Calinaud-David Legal, Azalead, Bloch/Advanced Retail, AXA Group and many more.

Students will be supported by a leading academic from the Business School.

Please go to the Paris Placement Program section for more information.

Chile – Santiago

The University of Sydney Business School, has partnered with International Studies Abroad (ISA) to offer a unique opportunity for students to live and work in the heart of Santiago for six weeks during the winter vacation period. Applications will open at the beginning of Semester 1 2018.

The Chile Industry Placement Program will allow students to develop their academic, social, cultural, and professional skills to position them well for a global career.

Students will receive a total of 6 credit points towards their degree by successfully completing the relevant Business School unit of study and will be supported by an academic from the Business School.

Please go to the Chile Placement Program section for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions?

What is the Industry Placement Program (IPP)?

The IPP gives our top-performing students the opportunity to earn credit points towards their degree by working for a host organisation. Students work on real-life projects based on the needs of the organisation.

When do placements occur?

Placements can take place for 10 weeks part-time during both semesters 1 & 2, as well as during the summer vacation periods. During the summer vacation students are availableto work full-time for 6 weeks.

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. The students will be in their final/penultimate year. They will work on projects assigned by the host organisation and their skills will be matched to suit the specified project.

Do the interns need any special skills?

Students from a diverse range of specialisations/majors can apply. The range of specialisations include:
Accounting, Finance, Business Information Systems, Business Law, HR, Marketing, Banking, Project Management, Strategy & Innovation, Quantitative Business Analysis, Quantitative Finance, Logistics & Supply Chain Management & International Business. Depending on the project your organisation can request a student/s from any of the above areas of specialisation.

Are the students paid?

Students earn credit points towards their degree for participating in this program, they do not expect to be paid or to be guaranteed a job after the placement.

What about insurance?

Students are covered by the University of Sydney’s public liability and professional indemnity insurance. We would expect that your organisation provides a safe working environment in accordance with work place Work, Health and Safety requirements.

Is there much paper work?

No. We ask that you provide a description of the project/s that you expect the student to work on including any specific skills required. The student is required to draft performance objectives which defines the learning goals for their placement and they should review this with their placement supervisor. Hosts are also expected to conduct an exit interview with the student at the end of their placement.

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 daily supervision. We expect that they will be able to add real value in terms of their knowledge and skills. They will be supported by an academic adviser and a program coordinator from the University.

What support can I expect?

Each placement is supported by an academic adviser and a program coordinator from the University. In addition the Careers and Employability Office within the BusinessSchool is the first point of contact for employers/host organisations.

What is the advantage in participating in the internship?

There is no cost to your organisation for having the additional resource that comes to you through participating in this program. There is also no assessment responsibility on your part. Students can be dedicated to a specific project or shared across multiple projects within an organisation. It is an opportunity to raise brand awareness and to highlight the benefits of working for your firm.

How do you get involved?

If you would like to discuss the program further please contact the Careers & Employability Office. See details below:

Contacts

For more information contact:

Maria Luksich – Manager, Industry Placement Program - Local
Careers & Employability Office
University of Sydney Business School
E : maria.luksich@sydney.edu.au
T : 02 9036 7108

Canberra Placements

Over the summer break students have the opportunity to live and work for 6 weeks in Australia’s national capital. Placements are in the public and not for profit sector and will be extremely competitive. Accommodation will be arranged by the Business School, but students are responsible for their own transport and daily expenses. For more information on living and working in Canberra see the Visit Canberra website.

The Canberra placements are offered as an intensive industry placement program that is conducted through the Careers and Employability Office (CEO) within the Business School.

It is possible for students to participate in the Canberra placement as well as a local or international placement as part of their degree (depending on degree progression limitations). Once enrolled in the relevant unit of study students earn six credit points toward their degree.

The application period for the Canberra placements are outlined below: (all dates are subject to change)

Canberra

Placement Duration

15th January to 23rd February 2018

Student Information Session

9th August 2017 12pm – 1pm (Abercrombie Building Case Study Lecture Theatre 1050)

10th August 2017 5pm – 6pm (Abercrombie Building Case Study Lecture Theatre 1050)

Student Applications

9am on 9th August 2017 – 12pm on 18th August 2017

Assessment Centres

11th September – 22nd September 2017

Compulsory Pre-Placement Training

Week commencing 30th October 2017