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Industry and community projects

Gain career experience and boost your employability with our Industry and Community Project Units (ICPU).


Industry and Community Project Units (ICPUs) are elective units that provide you with the opportunity to work on authentic problems and issues set out by industry, community and government organisations.

In collaboration with a major industry partner and academic lead, you will work in a group with other students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. Together you will research, analyse and present solutions to real world problems set by the external partner organisation. You will then have the opportunity to present your project with your group to the industry partner.

The projects are 6 credit point units and open to all eligible undergraduate students who have completed 72 credit points and have a spare elective.

  • Enrolments for Semester 2 close 7 July.

2019 projects and partners

We have partnered with more than 45 leading business, government and community organisations in both Sydney and international destinations to offer real-world projects. Partners include, Adobe, Bain & Co, Herbert Smith Freehills, NSW Health, City Recital Hall, Telstra and Westpac.

Some of the real-world problems you'll have the opportunity to explore include the future of education, whether the world is big enough for humans, how to create diverse workforces, and what the effect of disruptive technology is and many more.

Some projects are offered as Semester-long projects and some are offered as intensives, completed over four weeks.

See our projects page for the full list of 2019 partners and projects.

How it works

The industry partners set a brief about a real business problem faced by their organisation. You'll work in mixed disciplinary groups to research, analyse and work collaboratively to find solutions to the set business problem. You'll be led by an academic supervisor who'll teach and further develop your skills in critical thinking, problem-solving, cultural competence, and presentation skills to ensure successful participation in this project unit.

For students who are interested in starting their own business or are wanting to gain experience in developing new products we offer Innovation for impact projects where you have the opportunity to develop and find solutions to your own project. You will work in interdisciplinary teams and learn how to develop innovative solutions to contemporary challenges. Throughout the unit, you will have access to a university-wide network of academics and to a consortium of industry and not-for-profit organisations.

Semester long projects

Projects take place over 13 weeks during the semester and are based at the University of Sydney.

You'll engage with industry partners, who will attend lectures at least twice throughout the semester to provide insights into their company, business problems and give feedback on your progress. At the end of the semester, for several of the projects, you will have the opportunity go to the partner's office to present your final solutions in front of industry professionals.

Generally, the assessments will be based on a combination of group and individual presentations and reports.

To enrol in a Semester 2 industry project see the how to apply page.

Sydney and global intensives

Applications for our 2019 intensives have now closed. We will not be running December intensives this year. Find out what international and domestic projects students will be undertaking in July.

More information about our 2020 intensives will be available from October 2019.

You will work intensively over a four week period, undertaking relevant research and presenting solutions to a real-world challenge. Many projects will require some time based at the partner's offices.

If you take part in a global intensive, you will spend two weeks overseas.

  • Week 1 - You'll be based at the University for the first week, where you'll work through the project brief and conduct background research on the project and organisation.
  • Week 2 and 3 - You'll engage directly with industry partners. Depending on your project, you may be based at the partner's office.
  • Week 4 - Sydney-based group-work and assessments (virtual)
    The final week is spent virtually, where you'll write up your assessment task and undertake interactive workshops.

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Last updated: 20 June 2019

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