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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.

After successful pilots during 2010 and 2011 the program was expanded to include a wider range of host organisations/corporate partners. A list of our partners is available under the Corporate Partners tab.

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; plus those completing a Bachelor of Economics degree being administered by the Business School are eligible to apply. The selection criteria on which all assessment tasks are based are Commerciality, Teamwork and Leadership, Business Communication, and Critical Thinking.

The program runs during both semesters 1 and 2 and over the summer vacation. During semester students will spend up to 3 days per week over 10 weeks working directly with a host organisation. The initial 2 weeks of semester will be spent attending pre-placement training and preparing a learning contract to be applied during the placement. During the vacation period the duration of placements is based on an equivalent number of hours.

The Industry Placement Program falls into three main categories:

  1. Local - placements with Sydney based firms
  2. Regional - placements with regionally located organisations
  3. International - placements in Asia, Europe, and the US

For more information on each of the placement categories and the relevant application process please select the relevant tab above.

Local Placements

The Industry Placement Program offers placements with local Sydney based firms across a wide range of industries. The program runs 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 and have achieved an academic record of credit average or above by the time placements commence.

To apply you are required to complete an online application and submit it along with your resume and a copy of your academic results (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.

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 2014 Summer Local and Regional 2015 Semester 1 2015
Placement Duration

11th August to 17th October 2014

12th January to 20th February 2015

16th March to 22nd May 2015

Hosts confirm participation

28th May 2014

19th September 2014

19th September 2014

Student Information Session

20th March 2014 12 - 1pm
Peter Nicol Russell building, LT2

18th August 1-2pm
Merewether Lecture Theatre 2

18th August 1-2pm
Merewether Lecture Theatre 2

Student Applications open

21st March to 8th April 2014

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

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

Application Workshops

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

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

Online Application link

Applications now closed

Applications now closed

Applications now closed

Assessment Centres

28th April to the 16th May 2014

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

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

Compulsory Pre-Placement Training

28th July; 5th & 6th August 2014

Week commencing 24th November (dates to be confirmed)

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

Regional Placements

Port Macquarie

The University of Sydney Business School, in conjunction with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and the Brolga Project , provides an opportunity for our students to experience living and working in a regional location while earning credit points towards their degree.

The placements are facilitated by Mid-North Coast industry, government, education sectors and community organisations. Host organisations that participate come from a wide range of industry sectors including financial services, energy and resources, government, aged care, accounting and tax services.

Broken Hill

BUSS2100 Business Placement is an intensive industry placement program that is conducted through the Business Programs Unit (BPU) within the Business School. Recently, students lived in Broken Hill working with the Broken Hill local government, the Broken Hill Enterprise Development Centre and other not-for profit community groups gaining invaluable business experience from a variety of challenging business projects.

These projects gave the students a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities that exist within remote communities of New South Wales. Students were actively engaged with 'real' business issues and challenges where they developed project management and presentation skills. The businesses the students worked with benefited through the education and insight the students were able to offer through their projects.

During regional placements students are expected to work with their host organisation on a full time basis for six weeks during the summer vacation. Accommodation is provided and paid for by program funding. The regional program offers a unique experience and it is a great opportunity for students to develop sought-after skills that provide a real point of difference in the eyes of future employers.

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

The application period for regional placements is outlined below: (all dates are subject to change).

Regional 2015
Placement Duration

12th 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 link

Applications 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)

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 6th 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 link

Applications 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

Geneva

It was our intention to run a program for Postgraduate students in Geneva over the winter vacation i.e. 23 June to 1 August but due to a number of unexpected obstacles relating to visa requirements we are unable to finalise the program in time for 2014.

Please watch this space for other new and exciting programs that will be developed for the latter part of 2014.

As a Business School student you may be eligible to enrol in the much sought after Industry Placement Program. An Industry Placement is highly coveted by students and therefore acceptance into the program's unit of study is competitive.

The program is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students during both semesters 1 & 2 and over the winter & summer vacation periods. It is a great opportunity to put your theoretical understanding from your specialisation/major into practice.

Credited towards your degree the program provides a preparation course before you enter the work placement for a minimum of 3 days per week for 10 weeks during semester or an equivalent number of hours over the winter and summer vacation programs.

At the end of your placement you are assessed based on a work-learning journal; your preparation of a business report, and a presentation to a panel of assessors from the Business School.

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. Please contact the Student Information Office for assistance with degree progressions.

Host organisations in the placement program have included: Commonwealth Bank of Australia, NSW Treasury, Deloitte, KPMG, Ernst & Young, PwC, PKF, UBS, Crescendo Partners, Nuplex Industries, Computershare, Central Energy & Port Macquarie Hastings council, with more partners across a diverse range of industries coming on board with each round of placements.

  • For undergraduate students you must be able to provide evidence of a credit average or above corresponding to 2 full semesters.
  • For postgraduate students you must be able to provide evidence of a credit average or above corresponding to 2 full semesters.

Apply

Applications for winter and semester 2 are now closed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

Who can apply?

All undergraduate students enrolled in a Business School degree (or combined Business School degree) may apply, with all majors being eligible. A minimum credit average and the equivalent of 2 full load semesters completed by the time the program commences are also required. See below for information relating to postgraduate students.

I am enrolled in a Bachelor of Economics - am I eligible to apply?

If your Bachelor of Economics degree is administered by the Business School you are eligible to apply. However, if you enrolled from 2011 your degree is now administered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and therefore you are not eligible.

I am a postgraduate student - am I eligible to apply?

Postgraduate students enrolled in the following degrees are eligible to apply

» Master of Commerce
» Master of Logistics Management
» Master of Professional Accounting
» Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
» Master of Transport Management
» Master of International Business (eligible to apply for the Paris program only)
» Master of International Business and Law (eligible to apply for the Paris program only)

A credit average and the equivalent of 2 full load semesters completed by the time the program commences are also required.

I am enrolled in a Graduate Diploma - am I eligible to apply?

You must be enrolled in a Master level degree at the time the Industry Placement Program commences i.e. if you are currently enrolled in a Grad Dip and intending to upgrade to the Master program prior to starting a placement you may apply. If you are successful in your IPP application your offer to participate will be conditional on your acceptance into the Master degree.

My degree is not listed above but my major sits within the Business School - am I eligible to apply?

Unfortunately no - you must be enrolled in a Business School administered degree.

Are there any prerequisites to apply?

You must have completed the equivalent of 2 full load semesters with a minimum credit average, by the time the Industry Placement Program commences. Previous work experience is not compulsory but it is considered favourably.

I am an international student, can I still apply?

Yes, international students are welcome to apply.

I am a first year student, can I apply?

Yes - you need to have completed the equivalent of 2 full load semesters and have a clear direction in terms of your major by the time the IPP program commences. This means if you are currently a first year student in your second semester you are eligible to apply to complete a placement in the following year. This applies to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

When do application open and close?

Application dates are available on the Local page and will be updated periodically.

Are there fees to participate in this program?

The program is linked to a unit of study which runs concurrently with your placement for which the usual unit of study fees apply. There are no additional fees applicable.

Are only high academic achievers accepted into the program?

No. A sound academic understanding of business reflected by a credit average or higher is only one element of a successful candidate.

To be successful in their application to the program students must also be able to demonstrate proficiency in a range of other attributes including sound business communication skills, critical thinking, teamwork leadership, commercial awareness, a proactive attitude, a willingness to learn and be involved.

To ensure your application conveys the above information we strongly recommend you utilise the resources and knowledge of the Business School Careers and Employability Office

Can I receive credit for previous internships/work experience?

No. The placement component of the program is designed to run concurrently with the unit of study. Both the placement and the unit must be completed at the same time.

Application Process

Are all students who apply successful in obtaining an industry placement?

No, the process is competitive and replicates the experience of applying for a job. Students will be shortlisted based on the selection process which includes a comprehensive application as well as other assessment tasks.

How do I apply?

All applications are accepted online via the Industry Placement Program section. Each Industry Placement Program (local/regional/international) will have a dedicated page and application link. The closing dates for each program are advised on the Local page

Do I need to provide an official academic transcript?

Yes, official academic records must be attached to your application. These can be purchased over the counter at the Student Centre on Level 3 of the Jane Foss Russell building. Applications will not be accepted if official academic transcripts are not submitted at the time of application.

Can I apply for more than one program?

Yes - on the application form you are able to select the program you are most interested in as well as a 2nd option for example Summer 2015 and/or Semester 1, 2015. You will be asked for your preference during the selection process and if successful you will be matched to the most appropriate host organisation during the relevant program session.

International programs will have their own information session, webpage and application portals. The links for these will be connected to the IPP webpage as soon as they become available.

Can I participate in more than one Industry Placement Program over the course of my degree?

For undergraduates: Yes. However, you must apply for each program separately and your application will be assessed on its merits relevant to each program.

For example, a student may participate in a regional program over summer and apply subsequently for the local and/or international program later in their degree.

For postgraduates: Please refer to your individual degree requirements.

If my application is unsuccessful can I re-apply in future?

Yes, if your application is unsuccessful we encourage you to re-apply at a later date.

Is there a limit to the number of students who will be accepted?

The number of students accepted into the program is determined by how many places are available in conjunction with suitable matches of student majors/specialisations.

The Unit of Study

How much credit will I receive towards my degree?

Local /Regional programs: Upon successful completion of the unit of study you will receive 6 credit points towards your degree. This is contingent upon completing all academic requirements and successful completion of the industry placement.

International programs: Upon successful completion of the unit of study you will receive 6 - 18 credit points towards your degree, depending on the program. This is contingent upon completing all academic requirements and successful completion of the industry placement.

How is the unit of study different?

The unit of study is the same as other units you have completed in that you will have a unit of study coordinator, Blackboard site, timetabled classes, assessments etc. The unit of study works in conjunction with your industry placement.

How is my final mark for the unit assessed?

Your final mark is the culmination of all academic assessments completed throughout the unit of study.

Are there assessments in the unit of study?

Yes, the unit of study has assessment tasks to develop your ability to apply theoretical knowledge gained in your degree to a practical business application. Further details on assessment can be found in the unit of study outline.

Can the unit of study contribute towards to my major/specialisation?

From Semester 2, 2014, IPP will be an elective unit only for both undergraduate and postgraduate students and cannot contribute towards a major/specialisation.

Students are responsible for their own degree progression and must have room within their degree to do IPP as an elective. We strongly recommend that you check with the Student Information Office to assess whether there is scope in your degree for this unit.

Can I enrol myself directly into the unit of study?

No. As this unit requires Faculty approval you will be enrolled by the Business School.

Can I exceed a standard semester full time load in order to participate?

No. The maximum number of concurrent units of study for a successful IPP student is limited to 4 (24 credit points), including the IPP unit of study. It is possible to participate in the summer/winter program intensive unit of study which will be completed prior to semester commencing and then enrol in another 4 units.

Can I overload my degree in order to participate in the Industry Placement Program?

Possibly - check with the Student Information Office before you apply to find out what overloading restrictions apply to your degree.

Placement and Host Organisations

How is this program different to other internships?

The Industry Placement Program differs from other internships or work experience programs by complementing your placement experience with a unit of study. The unit of study serves to increase your critical thinking about your placement experience and is designed to enhance your other studies both during and beyond your degree.

The development of employability skills gained during this program may put you in a favourable position when applying directly for summer internships, graduate positions etc.

Can I choose who I do my placement with?

No. When you apply you are applying to be accepted into the program as opposed to a specific host organisation. The match between student and host organisation will be made by the Business School and based on considerations such as your major/specialisation, the project brief and the organisational culture.

What organisations are involved?

There are a variety of organisations involved in the Industry Placement Program, including well known corporate enterprises, boutique firms, government agencies and not for profit organisations.

A sample list of organisations has been included on the Corporate Partners page.

Can I undertake a placement without completing the unit of study?

No, it is a condition of participation that all students will undertake the relevant unit of study and complete all academic requirements.

Can I find my own internship and then do the unit of study?

No, all placements are sourced by the Business School.

Will I get paid for my industry placement?

Placements are not paid, however students completing all requirements of the course will receive credit points towards their degree.

What will I be doing during my industry placement?

Tasks will vary from placement to placement. Some placements are project orientated and others offer a broader and more general experience of the organisation.

Where will my placement be located?

The Industry Placement Program consists of three distinct categories - Local, Regional and International.

Local placements are located in the Sydney CBD or within an hour's commute from the CBD. The majority of placements are accessible by public transport, with a very small number being accessible only by private transport. Students will only be placed with such a host organisation with prior consultation.

Local placements occur during semester and over the summer breaks.

Regional placements are located in either Port Macquarie, Orange or Broken Hill. Accommodation is provided but students are required to fund their own transport and living expenses. Further details of these programs can be found on the Regional page

Regional placements occur ONLY during summer and winter vacation periods although Port Macquarie is only available during the summer period.

International Placements are currently available in: Washington D.C., Los Angeles, China and Paris. Please refer to specific program web pages for further details.

How many days do I attend my placement?

During semester students will attend their host organisation a minimum of 3 days per week from weeks 3 to 11 of semester (10 weeks including mid semester break). The 3 days will be determined by timetabling commitments.

During the vacation period students will attend their host organisation full-time (5 days) for 6 weeks.

Do I attend my placement during the mid semester break?

Yes. This is because the host organisation you are placed with does not have a mid semester break, therefore you are expected to work the usual days a week during this period.

What hours am I expected to work?

Your hours of work will be negotiated with your host organisation. However, the expectation is that normal business hours will apply.

What if my timetable is spread across the week?

It is the students' responsibility to arrange their timetable to clear 3 days a week for their placement. Full days free are preferable, but half days are acceptable.

In some instances you may need to be flexible with your enrolment in order to manage your timetable. If your compulsory units of study do not allow you to commit to 3 days of work you may need to consider applying at a later time when your timetable is more flexible.

Students are able to login to MyUni to access their timetable to organise their timetables. Further assistance can be sought from the Business School.

What preparation am I required to undertake prior to the start of my placement?

Weeks one to two of semester are compulsory timetabled on-campus workshops and lectures. There is also a compulsory mid-session and final debrief session workshop. If you are unable to attend ALL of the preparation classes and workshops you should not apply for the program.

How are the summer/winter programs different?

Summer and winter* programs are an intensive version of the semester program. Students attend 7 hours of work preparation and an equivalent number of hours of full time placement.

* Broken Hill is currently the only placement available in the Winter break

Refer to the Industry Placement Program page for up to date information.

Contacts

Lisa Hunter-Smith
Industry Placement Program Coordinator
Careers and Employability Office
University of Sydney Business School

Phone: +61 2 9114 1346
business.placements@sydney.edu.au
Room 255 H04 - Merewether
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia