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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; the Masters of Professional Accounting; the Masters of Logistics Management and the Masters of Transport Management are eligible to apply. The selection criteria on which all assessment tasks are based are Commerciality, Teamwork and Leadership, Business Communication, and Critical Thinking.

From semester 2 2014 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. Students should contact the Student Information Office for assistance with degree progressions.

  • 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 corresponding to 2 full semesters.

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, and the US
  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. 

A non-exhaustive list of our Corporate Partners is provided below for your information:

Altios International
Auscap
BDO
Commonwealth Bank
Citi Group
Computershare
Deloitte
Doha Bank
Emerge Capital
EY
Heads over Heels
Hewlett Packard
Hilti

hrX
IAG
KPMG
Kronos
Landor Associates
Macquarie Group
MH Carnegie
Netbalance
NSW Trade & Investment
NSW Treasury
PGi
Pollenizer
Procter & Gamble

PwC
Reckitt Benckiser
Rosemount Good Shepherd
SBS
Senior Agency
Stella Design
TDM Asset Management
The Smith Family
UBS
Westpac
Woolworths

Local Placements

Placements with local Sydney based firms run over both semesters 1 & 2 and during the summer vacation period. To be eligible as an undergraduate or postgraduate student, you must have completed 2 full semesters by the time the placements commence and have achieved an academic record of credit average or above at the time of application.

To apply, you will need to submit:

  • an online application
  • your resume and
  • a copy of your academic results

All items should be submitted in a single MS Word document.

Short listed students will be invited to attend an assessment centre comprising: an interview; a group activity and a written assessment task. Successful students will be accepted into the program and subsequently matched to a suitable host organisation. Please note that students apply for the program, not an individual company.

Once enrolled in the relevant unit of study, students earn six credit points toward their degree, as an elective. The application period for local placements is outlined below (all dates are subject to change).

Semester 2 2015 Summer Local and Regional 2016 Semester 1 2016
Placement Duration

10th August to 16th October 2015

January to February 2016

March to May 2016

Hosts confirm participation

27th May 2015

September 2015

September 2016

Student Information Session

17th March 2015 1 - 2pm & 18th March 5pm – 6pm

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Student Applications open

17th March to 2nd April 2015

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Application Workshops

9th March 2015 1-2pm & 26th March 5-6pm

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Online Application

Assessment Centres

20th April to the 1st May 2015

September to October 2015(including during common week)

September to October 2015(including during common week)

Compulsory Pre-Placement Training

July (dates to be confirmed)

Week commencing 23rd November 2015 (dates to be confirmed)

During weeks 1 & 2 of semester 1 2016 (dates to be confirmed)

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 & Hangzhou). The winter program which runs from late June to early August comprises placements in France (Paris).

United States

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 2013-14 session more than 40 students worked with organisations such as: Guggenheim Partners, Capello Capital, Sony DAC, McCafferty & Co., City of Santa Monica, International Economic Development Council, Capitol Hill, Sidley Austin LLP, East-West Center, the Institute of International Finance and many more…

Further details about these programs are available on the Washington DC and LA Placements Programs page.

Washington DC and LA Program 2015
Placement Duration

5th January to 5th March 2015

Hosts confirm participation

10th October 2014

Student Information Session

11th August 1-2pm in Merewether Lecture Theatre 2

Student Applications open

11th August 9am to 22nd August 5pm 2014

Application Workshops

20th August 12-1pm in Merewether Lecture Theatre 2

Online Application link

Applications Now Closed

Assessment Centres

2nd - 5th September 2014

Compulsory Pre-Placement Training

Week commencing 24th November (dates to be confirmed)

China

The placements in China are 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, as well as with local government organisations.

During the most recent session which ran over the 2013-14 summer vacation over 40 students from the Business School's undergraduate and postgraduate programs travelled and worked in China with organisations such as: PwC, KPMG, the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP), Grant Thornton, BDO, Beijing Advertising Company, Hilti, Henkel, Fortune International Group 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 during their non-working hours. Students travelled with a leading academic from the Business School, who taught the BUSS unit as well as provided supervision during the program.

Applications for the China 2014-15 program will open during semester 2 2014. A credit average and 48 credit points or two completed semesters are required to apply. Spoken & written Mandarin skills are essential for this program.

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

China 2014/15
Placement Duration

1st December to 9th January or 5th January to 20th February 2015

Hosts confirm participation

10th October 2014

Student Information Session

18th August 1-2pm in Merewether Lecture Theatre 2

Student Applications open

18th August 9am to 29th August 5pm 2014

Application Workshops

20th August 12-1pm in Merewether Lecture Theatre 2
&
26th August 4-5pm in New Law Seminar Room 344

Online Application

Applications are now closed

Assessment Centres

15th September to 10th October (including during common week)

Compulsory Pre-Placement Training

Week commencing 24th November (dates to be confirmed)

Paris

The Paris Placement Program provides a unique experience for students from both our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to work and study in Paris for six weeks during the winter vacation period - 23rd of June to the 1st of August 2014.

The six week placement will enable you 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 2013 students worked with various organisations such as: the OECD, Austrade, Keolis, the World Bank, Exoe, Kimberley Wealth Management, Deloitte and others…

Students will travel with a leading academic from the Business School, who will teach the relevant Business School unit of study as well as provide supervision during the program.

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

Placement Duration

Hosts confirm participation

Student Info Session

Applications Open

Online Application link

Assessment Centres

Winter Paris 2014

23 June to 2 August

30 May

6 March

12 - 1pm

Merewether Lecture Theatre 3

6 to 14 March

Applications are now closed

21 to 24 March

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 semester 1 & 2, as well as during the winter and summer vacation periods. During the vacation periods students are available to work fulltime for 5-6 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 semester or 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 Occupational Health and Safety requirements. Students will be required to complete a Work Health and Saftey checklist.

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 a learning contract which defines the learning outcomes for their placement and they should review this with you. The student will also be required to complete the University supplied Work Health and Saftey checklist.

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 Office within the Business School 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 and Employability Office.

Contacts

For more information contact Maria Luksich

Canberra Placements

From January 2015, students will be able to apply for industry placements in Canberra. Conducted over the summer break for six (6) weeks full time, students have the opportunity to live and work 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 Business Programs Unit (BPU) and 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 2016

Placement Duration

January to February 2016

Student Information Session

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Student Applications open

TBA

Application Workshops

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Online Application

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Assessment Centres

September to October 2015 (including during common week)

Compulsory Pre-Placement Training

Week commencing 23rd November 2015 (dates to be confirmed)