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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.
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 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.
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.
Successful CPP initiatives include:
The Illicit Project
Bush to Beijing
Together Always Photography
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.
Winter intensive application deadline is Friday, 19 May 2017.
You must contact the program partner DIRECTLY for more information on how to register for a placement:
There are a limited number of travel scholarships available for eligible CPP applicants. Please contact the Administration Coordinator for more information.
The program is available as an elective Unit of Study to both undergraduates and postgraduate students. Please note that a CPP Unit of Study cannot count towards a major or specialisation.
Enrolment is selective based on the following criteria:
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.
The student projects can take place during the winter and summer vacation periods.
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.
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:
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