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Business Projects

Business Projects


We believe that a business degree should include genuine experience of today's business world. Through formally scoped Business Projects students will have the opportunity to practically test their theoretical knowledge.

The Business School now offers postgraduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to work on  real life consulting projects with our industry partners.

Students are eligible to participate in the business consulting projects in their final semester of study, they are assigned to the appropriate project based on the needs of the industry partner. An academic advisor or coach supports each group, at no cost to the host organisation. Students from the Bachelor of Commerce & Bachelor of Commerce combined degrees; the Masters of Marketing; the Masters of International Business and the Masters of Management degrees are all required to complete the consulting project.

At the conclusion of the project, our industry partners will receive a customised report with recommendations relating to their particular business issue. The report remains the property of the host organisation.

Host organisations who have partnered with the Business School to date include CSIRO, CPA Australia, Electrolux, KPMG, Thomson Reuters, SAP, The Smith Family, Thales Australia and RFC Group with more partners across a diverse range of industries coming on board with each round of placements.

Students participating in the consulting projects bring with them access to the latest academic business research and theory.  By hosting a consulting project through this program your firm will have direct access to the best emerging business talent, giving you the opportunity to identify, develop and potentially recruit tomorrow's business leaders.

Students work on 'real-life' projects which can assist your organisation in propelling strategy development. 

Hosting a project has the added benefit of enhancing your firm's profile as an employer of choice amongst our student population across both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

Projects are assigned based on the team's specialisation or chosen career path. They may be drawn from a wide range of business related activity including but not limited to: International Business, Human Resource Management, Management & Operations, Marketing, Business Development, Project Management, and Strategy & Innovation.

There is no cost to your organisation for participating in this program and there is no assessment burden on your organisation. Students are expected to have an opportunity to present their findings to a management team.

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

The program is open to final unit undergraduate students, and Masters students.    They will work on group projects assigned by the host organisation and their skills will be matched to suit the specified project. 

What are the subject areas?

Students from a diverse range of specialisations are eligible to participate.  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. All groups are multi-disciplinary.

Are the students paid?

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

What about insurance?

If students are required to go on site, they will be fully 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 Occupational 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.  We can assist you develop this if required.

Will there be a lot of work in hosting a project team?

The projects are managed by the academic advisor with administrative support provided by the Business School. Depending upon the project, host organisations may need to provide access to data, arrange introductions etc. It is not necessary to provide office space and equipment to students, however students should be able to present their final report to management representatives.  Students expect to add real value in terms of their knowledge and skills. 

What is the advantage in participating in the project program?

There is no cost to your organisation for having the additional resource that comes to you through participating in this program.  These students are expected to provide real recommendations to real business issues and problems, so this is an excellent opportunity to gain access to an external perspective to your business.  In addition, it is an opportunity to raise brand awareness and to highlight the benefits of working for your firm.    

When do projects oocur?

Projects run throughout the year, including summer school

How do you get involved?

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

Contacts:
Maria Luksich – Corporate Relations Coordinator, Careers & Employer Relations Office
E : maria.luksich@sydney.edu.au             T : 02 9036 7108