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

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.

  • 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.

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, the US and South America
  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.


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 that includes your resume and
  • a copy of your academic results, printed from Sydney Student
  • you will also need to participate in an online, recorded interview.

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

Short listed students will be invited to attend an assessment centre comprising of a group activity and a written assessment task. Successful students will be accepted into the program and subsequently matched to a suitable host organisation. Students may be required to attend an additional interview with their prospective host organisation. Please note that students apply for the program, not an individual company. Acceptance onto the program does not guarantee the offer of a placement.

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).

Industry Placement Program Local Bursaries now available

The Business School is now able to offer a limited number of scholarships to successful students of the local IPP Program. These scholarships, valued at $2,500, are intended for those who would not otherwise be able to do IPP due to financial constraints. Scholarships are assessed on equity and students will need to provide supporting evidence. Applications are via the Scholarships and Financial Support Service.


Semester 2 2017 Summer 2018 Semester 1 2018

Placement Duration

14th August to 20th October 2017

9th January to 16th February 2018

Semester 1 2018 Week 3 to Week 12 (3 days per week)

Hosts confirm participation

May 2017

December 2017

Student Information Session

14th March 2017 1pm-2pm (Abercrombie Building Case Study Lecture Theatre 1050)
15th March 2017 5pm-6pm (Abercrombie Building Case Study Lecture Theatre 1070)

9th August 2017 12pm – 1pm (Abercrombie Building Case Study Lecture Theatre 1050)

10th August 2017 5pm – 6pm
(Abercrombie Building Case Study Lecture Theatre 1050)

Student Applications open

9am on 14th March – 12pm on 24th March 2017

9am on 9th August 2017 – 12pm on 18th August 2017

Online Application

Applications are now closed.

9am on 9th August 2017 – 12pm on 18th August 2017

Assessment Centres

26th April to 1st May 2017

18th – 29th September 2017

Compulsory Pre-Placement Training

First two weeks of Semester 2 (dates TBC)

November 2017
(dates TBC)

First two weeks of Semester 1 (dates TBC)

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) and Hong Kong. The winter program which runs from late June to early August comprises placements in France (Paris) and Chile (Santiago).

United States - Washington DC and Los Angeles

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 2016-17 session more than 40 students worked with organisations such as:, M&C Saatchi, Tourism Australia, McCafferty & Co., City of Santa Monica, International Economic Development Council, Capitol Hill, East-West Center, Rio Tinto and many more…

Further details about these programs are available on the Washington DC and LA Placement Program pages.

Washington DC and LA Program 2018
Placement Duration

8th January to 9th March 2018

Hosts confirm participation

16th October 2017

Student Information Session

2nd August, 12-1pm Abercrombie Building, Lecture Theatre 1050

Student Applications open

9am on 3rd August – 12pm on 14th August 2017

Online Application link

Applications are now closed

Assessment Centres

28th – 30th August 2017

Compulsory Pre-Placement Training

Week commencing 30th October 2017

Mainland China (Shanghai and Beijing) and Hong Kong

The China Placements Program is 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.

During the most recent session which ran over the 2016-17 summer vacation over 50 students from the Business School's undergraduate and postgraduate programs travelled and worked in China with organisations such as: EY, PwC, KPMG, Grant Thornton, Beijing Advertising Company, Hilti, Henkel 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 (BUSS2504/BUSS6506) during their non-working hours. Students were supported by a leading academic from the Business School.

Applications for the China 2017-18 program will open during semester 2 2017. A credit average and 48 credit points or two completed semesters of Business units are required prior to going on placement. Spoken & written Mandarin/Cantonese skills and a Chinese passport  are essential for this program.

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

China 2017/18
Placement Duration

27th November 2017 to 5th January 2018 OR 3rd January to 14th February 2018.

Students are not able to select the placement period, it is dependent on the company they are placed with.

Student Information Session

3rd August 12-1pm (Abercrombie Building Seminar Room 2020)

Register Now

Student Applications open

3rd August 9am to 14th August 12pm

Online Application

Applications are now closed.

Assessment Centres

28th August to 8th September 2017

Compulsory Pre-Placement Training

Week commencing 30th October 2017

France - Paris

The Paris Placement Program provides a unique experience for students to work and study in Paris for six weeks during the winter vacation period - 26th June to 4th August 2017.

The six week placement will enable students 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 previous years students worked with various organisations such as: the OECD, Deloitte, Altios International, Calinaud-David Legal, Azalead, Bloch/Advanced Retail, AXA Group and many more.

Students will be supported by a leading academic from the Business School.

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

Paris Winter 2017
Placement Duration

26th June to 4th August 2017

Hosts confirm participation

30th April 2017

Student Information Session

9th March 4-5pm (Abercrombie Building Lecture Theatre 1170)

Student Applications open

9th March 9am to 20th March 12pm 2017

Online Application

9th March 9am to 20th March 12pm 2017

Applications are now closed

Assessment Centres

29th – 31st March 2017

Compulsory Pre-Placement Training

5th & 6th June

Chile – Santiago

The University of Sydney Business School, has partnered with International Studies Abroad (ISA) to offer a unique opportunity for students to live and work in the heart of Santiago for six weeks during the winter vacation period – 26th June to 4th August 2017.

The Chile Industry Placement Program will allow students to develop their academic, social, cultural, and professional skills to position them well for a global career.

Students will receive a total of 6 credit points towards their degree by successfully completing the relevant Business School unit of study and will be supported by an academic from the Business School.

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

Winter Chile 2017
Placement Duration

26th June to 4th August 2017

Hosts confirm participation

30th April 2017

Student Information Session

9th March 4-5pm (Abercrombie Building Lecture Theatre 1170)

Student Applications open

9th March 9am to 20th March 12pm 2017

Online Application link

9th March 9am to 20th March 12pm 2017

Applications are now closed

Assessment Centres

29th – 31st March 2017

Compulsory Pre-placement Training 5th & 6th June

Canberra Placements

Over the summer break students have the opportunity to live and work for 6 weeks 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 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

9th January to 17th February 2017

Student Information Session

2nd August 2016 5pm-6pm (New Law Annexe SR 444) & 3rd August 12pm-1pm (H70 CS Lect Theatre 2080)

Student Applications

Applications are now closed.

Assessment Centres

5th September to 22nd September 2016

Compulsory Pre-Placement Training

21st November – 2nd December 2016 First two weeks of Semester 2 (dates TBC)


The Industry Placement Program application is a 2 part process: an online application followed by an online interview.

STEP 1: online application

To complete your online application you are required to submit the following:

  1. A copy of your resume;
  2. A copy of your academic record printed from Sydney Student
  3. An image of your current passport identification page (for international programs only).

The documents listed above must be attached as a single word document not exceeding 12 MB.

STEP 2: online interview

Once you have submitted an online application and applications have closed, you will receive email notification to complete an online interview. This will be sent to your university email account and you will have approximately 2 days to complete the interview.

Online, recorded interviews are conducted on Sonru.

Notes:

  1. You can complete the interview on a laptop or mobile device.
  2. You will need a good internet connection; webcam and microphone.
  3. You will have only 1 attempt at completing the IPP interview, so we strongly recommend that you become familiar with the system beforehand and don’t leave your interview to the last minute.
  4. If you wish to practice online interviews you can do so on Interview Stream, an online platform that allows you to practice and review your interview performance. Interview Stream is available to all Business School students via Blackboard.

Please note that your Industry Placement Program application is NOT complete until you have completed steps 1 and 2 above. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please contact business.placements@sydney.edu.au if you have any questions regarding the application process.


Paris and Chile Industry Placement Programs 2017


Applications are now closed

Local Industry Placement Program, Semester 2 2107


Applications are now closed

Industry Placement Program FAQ 2017

Eligibility

Who can apply?

Undergraduate students enrolled in a Business School degree (or combined Business School degree) may apply, with all majors being eligible. A credit average and the equivalent of 2 full load semesters completed by the time the program commences are also required.

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

Postgraduate students enrolled in the following degrees are eligible to apply for the local program:

  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
  • Postgraduate students enrolled in a Master of Commerce degree are eligible to apply for the Paris and Chile programs.

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

Are there any prerequisites to apply?

You must have completed 2 full load semesters with a credit average mark of 65 minimum by the time the Industry Placement Program commences. Previous work experience is not compulsory but it is considered favourably.

I am an international student - am I eligible to apply?

Yes, international students are welcome to apply.

When do application open and close?

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

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, business acumen, a proactive attitude and 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

How do I apply?

There are 2 steps to the application process: an online application followed by an online, recorded interview.

All applications are accepted online via the Industry Placement Program website – go to the ‘Apply’ tab. Each Industry Placement Program (local/ Canberra/international) has a dedicated page and application link. The closing dates for each program are advised on the webpage.

What documents do I need to prepare to apply?

You will need to attach to your online application:

  • A copy of your resume
  • A copy of your academic transcript (this can be downloaded from Sydney Student)
  • Students applying for international programs will also need to attach a copy of their passport identification page
  • You will also need to participate in an online, recorded interview as part of the application process.

Can I apply for more than one program?

Yes - on the application form you are able to select more than one program but you must be available to participate in any program you apply for. If successful, you will be matched to the most appropriate host organisation during the relevant program sessions.

When is the deadline for all applications?

Application closing dates are available on the relevant program page of the Industry Placement Program website. Applicants are strongly urged to submit applications without delay to avoid disappointment. Late submissions will not be accepted. Once applications have closed you will be invited to complete an online, recorded interview.

When will I be notified if my application is successful?

Once you have submitted your online application you will receive an email advising when you will be notified of the outcome of your application.

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 specialisations.

Assessment Centres

Do all applicants participate in an assessment centre?

No – students who are shortlisted from online applications and interviews will be invited to attend an assessment centre, which is the next step in the application process.

What type of activities will I do in the assessment centre?

The assessment centre will consist of a written task and a group activity. We recommend that you do some research and utilise the resources and knowledge of the Business School Careers and Employability Office to prepare for the assessment centre.

How should I dress for the assessment centre?

It is expected that you dress professionally as you would if attending an interview.

What happens if I can’t make the assessment centre?

Assessment centre dates are available on the Local and International pages of the Industry Placement Program website. If you are unavailable during these dates you will not be eligible to apply for the program and should consider applying the following semester.

If you are unable to attend the assessment centre you have been allocated, you must inform the Work Integrated Learning Coordinator immediately who will try where possible to arrange an alternative date.

What happens if I am late for the assessment centre?

We recommend that you arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of the assessment centre. Due to the nature of the activities if you arrive late you will not be allowed to participate.

The Unit of Study

Do I get to pick my units of study?

All successful students will be enrolled into the relevant Industry Placement Program unit of study.

How much credit will I receive towards my degree?

Local /Canberra 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

No, IPP is 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 Centre 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 special permission 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 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 Centre 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.

If you decide not to take the placement you have been matched with then no further placement will be sourced and the opportunity will be offered to another student.

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.

Can I change my placement to another company or department?

No – once your placement has been confirmed it can’t be changed. If you are not happy with the company or department you have been matched with then no further placement will be sourced and the opportunity will be offered to another student.

My friend has been placed with a better company than me, can I go there?

No – students are not able to choose or change the company they have been placed with. All placements offer a valuable experience to develop your skills and build your professional networks.

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.

How many days do I attend my placement?

Local/Canberra programs: During semester students will attend their host organisation 3 days per week from weeks 3 to 12 of semester (10 weeks including mid semester break). The 3 days will be determined by timetabling commitments.

During the summer vacation period students will attend their placement full-time (5 days per week) for 6 weeks.

International programs: Students will attend their placements 4-5 days per week for 6-9 weeks depending on the location. Please refer to the specific international webpage for details on each location.

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.

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.

How is my placement organised?

The Business School will allocate placements according to a student's educational background and interests. However, this is dependent on availability and it is not possible to guarantee that a student's role will be directly related to their particular area of study.

What do I do during my placement?

Tasks will be agreed to at the outset of the placement and will vary between organisations.

Where will my placement be located?

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.

Canberra placements are available in Australia’s national capital. Accommodation is provided but students are required to fund their own transport and living expenses.

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

Will I be assigned tasks or to a department specifically related to my degree?

Not necessarily. However, the placement should be considered as an opportunity to expand your knowledge and learn new skills.

Do I get paid for my placement?

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

Can I receive academic credit for my placement?

Yes. The placement is a significant component of the Industry Placement Program compulsory unit of study, which upon successful completion will be credited towards the elective component of your degree. This unit of study cannot count towards a major/specialisation.

What should I do to prepare for the placement?

Pre-placement lectures and workshops are a compulsory part of the Industry Placement Program. There is also a compulsory mid-session catch-up and a final debrief workshop. If you are unable to attend ALL of the preparation classes and workshops you should not apply for the program. Dates are available on the relevant program web page.

Upon being notified of your placement, you should conduct research about the organisation.

Contacts

Jayde Riddell
Work Integrated Learning Coordinator - Local Industry Placement Program
Careers and Employability Office
University of Sydney Business School

Phone: +61 2 9351 4174
business.placements@sydney.edu.au
Room 202, H69 – Codrington Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia


Fiona Thien
Work Integrated Learning Coordinator - International Industry Placement Program
Careers and Employability Office
University of Sydney Business School

Phone: +61 2 8627 5768
business.placements@sydney.edu.au
Room 201, H69 – Codrington Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia