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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 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 an 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.

Enrolments for the 2020 projects open in December.

2020 projects and partners

We have partnered with more than 45 leading business, government and community organisations in both Australia and international destinations to give you the opportunity to work on real-world projects. Partners include, Accenture, ANZ, Bain & Co, Herbert Smith Freehills, NSW Health, Subaru, Qantas and many more.

Some of the real-world problems you'll have the opportunity to explore include, the future of healthcare, the war on waste, technology and mental health, reimagining social housing, open data disruption 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 2020 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.

Semester-long projects

Enrolments for the semester long 2020 projects will open in December.

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, 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 industry project see the how to apply page.

Intensives within Australia or overseas

Intensive projects are run in both February and July and will take place in Sydney, Melbourne or overseas.

  • Enrolments for February 2020 Australia intensives will open in December.
  • Information on July intensives will be available here in March 2020.

For these projects, 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. For Melbourne based or global intensives, these two weeks will be spent either in Melbourne or overseas.
  • Week 4 - The final week is spent virtually, where you'll write up your assessment task and undertake interactive workshops.

To enrol in an intensive industry project see the how to apply page.

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Last updated: 11 October 2019

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