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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.

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, Cambodia and Fiji.

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 (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.

Apply

Summer intensive application deadline Friday, 6 October 2017

Winter intensive application period: CLOSED

You must contact the program partner DIRECTLY for more information on how to register for a placement:

There will be scholarships available based on merit and equity considerations. Students must indicate on the application form if they wish to be considered for a scholarship. Evidence of financial hardship is required for all equity based applications.


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Eligibility

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:

  • Undergraduate students must have a credit average or above across a minimum of two full semesters
  • Postgraduate students must have a credit average or above across a minimum of one full semester
  • A demonstrated interest in social business
  • Students are responsible for their own degree progression plan and must contact their Faculty Student Information Office for assistance.

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 during the winter and summer vacation periods.

What is the advantage for 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.

How do I apply?

The Community Placement Program application is a two-part process:

1.  Students apply directly to the external program partner to secure an international placement. Once you have confirmed your placement, you have the option of applying to enrol in CPP if you would like to gain academic credit.

2.  To apply to enrol in CPP, please go the APPLY tab and complete the online application form. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within two weeks of submission.

What are the fees?

Fees
BUSS2503/BUSS6508 Community Placement unit of study fee, which is the normal tuition fee associated with a unit of study at the Business School and will be charged through the normal University billing process. 

Additional costs
Students are responsible for the following costs which are not covered by the unit of study fee:

  • Third party provider’s program fee, which varies between providers
  • All airfares
  • Visa
  • Some meals and any other personal expenses

Scholarships
There are a limited number of Business School scholarships available under merit and equity criteria.
Students must apply for a scholarship at the time of applying to enrol in the unit of study by completing the relevant section on the enrolment application form.

Can I apply for an OS-Help loan to assist with the cost of the program?

If you are a domestic student you may be eligible for OS-HELP assistance. Please refer to the Study Abroad web page for further information.

Can I use FEE-HELP to defer payment of the unit of study fees?

Eligible local students can elect to defer their fees for the BUSS2503/6508 Community Placement unit through the Australian Government's FEE-HELP scheme.

Do I need to submit a separate application to be considered for a scholarship?

A separate application is not required. Students should complete the field on the application form relating specifically to scholarships. Please note that you must complete this section if you wish to be considered for a scholarship as applications will not be considered at a later date.

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: