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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.

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 Staff and Student Services 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.

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.

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, certified by the Student Centre in Jane Foss Russell Building
  • 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.


Summer 2017 Semester 1 2017

Placement Duration

9th January to 17th February 2017

20th March to 27th May 2017

Hosts confirm participation

2nd September 2016

December 2016

Student Information Session

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

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

Student Applications open

9am on 4 August – 12pm on 15th August 2016

9am on 4 August – 12pm on 15th August 2016

Online Application

Applications for summer & semester 1 2017 will open on 4 August 2016

Assessment Centres

5th September to 22nd September 2016

5th September to 22nd September 2016

Compulsory Pre-Placement Training

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

First two weeks of Semester 2 (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). 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 2014-15 session more than 40 students worked with organisations such as: Capello Capital, Sony DAC, McCafferty & Co., City of Santa Monica, International Economic Development Council, Capitol Hill, 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 2017
Placement Duration

9th January to 10th March 2017

Hosts confirm participation

10th October 2016

Student Information Session

28th July, 12-1pm Abercrombie Building, Lecture Theatre 1170

Student Applications open

9am on 28th July – 12pm on 8th August 2016

Online Application link

Applications Open

Assessment Centres

29th - 31st August 2016

Compulsory Pre-Placement Training

22nd – 25th November 2016

Mainland China (Shanghai and Beijing) and Hong Kong

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.

During the most recent session which ran over the 2015-16 summer vacation over 50 students from the Business School's undergraduate and postgraduate programs travelled and worked in China with organisations such as: ANZ, 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 travelled with a leading academic from the Business School, who taught the BUSS2504/BUSS6506 unit as well as provided supervision during the program.

Applications for the China 2016-17 program will open during semester 2 2016. A credit average and 48 credit points or two completed semesters are required prior to going on placement. Spoken & written Mandarin/Cantonese skills and the required work visa are essential for this program.

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

China 2016/17
Placement Duration

28th November 2016 to 6th January 2017 OR 2nd January to 17th February 2017 (includes public holidays for Chinese New Year)

Hosts confirm participation

10th October 2016

Student Information Session

2nd August 5-6pm & 3rd August 12-1pm

Student Applications open

9am on 4th August - 12pm on 15th August 2016

Online Application

Application link will open at 9am on 4th August 2016

Assessment Centres

5-9 September 2016

Compulsory Pre-Placement Training

TBC

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 - 20th of June to 29th of July 2016.

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 2014 and 2015 students worked with various organisations such as: the OECD, Austrade, Kimberley Wealth Management, Deloitte, Altios International, Grameen Credit Agricole, Calinaud-David Legal, Missions Publiques, Azalead, Bloch/Advanced Retail, AXA Group and Nomos société d'avocats.

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 2016
Placement Duration

20th June to 29th July 2016

Hosts confirm participation

30th April 2016

Student Information Session

3rd March 12-1pm (Abercrombie Building, Lecture Theatre 2140)

Student Applications open

3rd March 9am to 14th March 12pm 2016

Application Workshops

7th March 12-1pm (Abercrombie Building, Lecture Theatre 2150)

Online Application

Applications are now closed

Assessment Centres

29th March – 1st April 2016

Compulsory Pre-Placement Training

31st May and 1st June 2016

Chile – Santiago

The Chile Placement Program provides an opportunity for students to work and study in Chile for six weeks during the winter vacation period – 20th June to 29th July 2016.

The six week placement will enable students to live and work in the heart of Santiago and attend one of Chile's top universities ' Universidad Adolfo Ibañez. 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 Universidad Adolfo Ibañez. The course will focus on business and will include Spanish 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 Spanish language and business studies.

Students will be supported by an academic from the Business School.

The Business School has been awarded 10 Australian Government scholarships (to the value of $2000 each) through the Endeavour Mobility Funding Scheme for this program. Please refer to the Fees page for further information.

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

Winter Chile 2016
Placement Duration

20th June – 29th July 2016

Hosts confirm participation

30th April 2016

Student Information Session

3rd March 12-1pm (Abercrombie Building, Lecture Theatre 2140)

Student Applications open

3rd March 9am to 14th March 12pm 2016

Application Workshops 7th March 12-1pm (Abercrombie Building, Lecture Theatre 2150)
Online Application link

Applications are now closed

Assessment Centres

29th March to 1st April 2016

Compulsory Pre-placement Training 31st May and 1st June 2016

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 Education (BE) 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

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 open

9am on 4 August – 12pm on 15 August 2016

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 certified by the Student Centre
  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 InterviewStream. This is a state of the art interview prep tool developed to improve your interview skills and employment outcomes. An InterviewStream account has been created for all Business School students, please check your university email account for further details. Information is also available on Blackboard.

A step by step InterviewStream User Guide is available.PDF

Notes:

  1. You will need a good internet connection; webcam and microphone. The microphone in InterviewStream is very sensitive so you may need to test this and adjust the sensitivity several times. Specific system requirements are available in the user guide
  2. If you are having difficulties logging in, you may need to clear your browsing history and cookies, or try another browser.
  3. You will have only 1 attempt at completing the IPP interview, so we strongly recommend that you become familiar with the system and practice beforehand.

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.


Washington DC and Los Angeles Industry Placement Program 2017


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Applications now open until 12pm on 8th August 2016

Closing date for online interviews: 4pm on 11th August 2016


Local and China Industry Placement Program – summer and semester 1 2017

Applications open 9am on 4th August to 12pm on 15th August 2016

Closing date for online interviews: 4pm on 18th August 2016

Industry Placement Program FAQ 2016

Eligibility

Who can apply?

All undergraduate students enrolled in a Business School degree (or combined Business School degree) may apply, with all disciplines 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 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 or Master of International Business 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.

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?

Possibly - please check with the Industry Placement Program Coordinator

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, business acumen, 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. Each Industry Placement Program (local/ Canberra/international) will have a dedicated page and application link. The closing dates for each program are advised on the webpage.

Do I need to provide a certified academic transcript?

Yes, certified academic records must be attached to your application. You can print your academic record from Sydney Student and then get it certified at the Student Centre in the Jane Foss Russell building. Applications will not be accepted if certified 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 Vacation 2015-16 and/or Semester 1, 2016. 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 local program and apply subsequently for an 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 /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.

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 Services 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 Services 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.

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. For further information please refer to the student testimonials included on the Industry Placement webpage.

Where will my placement be located?

The Industry Placement Program falls across various categories - Local, Canberra 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.

From January 2015 Canberra placements will be 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, Paris and Santiago. 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 12 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 are also two compulsory mid-sessions 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.

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.

* Paris and Chile are currently the only placements available in the Winter break

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

Contacts

International Programs
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 237 H04 - Merewether
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Local and Regional Programs
Karla Heese
Industry Placement Program Coordinator
Careers and Employability Office
University of Sydney Business School

Phone: +61 2 9351 4174
business.placements@sydney.edu.au
Room 237 H04 - Merewether
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia