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Industry Placement Program

If you are enrolled in a degree in the Business School, the Industry Placement Program (IPP) gives you the opportunity to work for a leading firm as part of your degree.

  1. Overview and eligibility
  2. How to apply

Overview and eligibility

The Industry Placement Program offers placements with local firms in Sydney, with government and not-for-profit agencies in Canberra, and international firms across Asia, Europe and the United States. 

During your local placement, you will work at least three days a week for 10 weeks during semester, or an equivalent number of hours over the summer break. International programs run for six weeks over the winter or summer break, depending on the location.

Completing the program provides credit towards your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, as an elective unit of study. It cannot count towards your major/specialisation.

Applications for placements offered during the 2019 winter break and Semester 2, 2019 will open on Tuesday 26 February 2019. Check the application deadline for your chosen program, as late applications will not be accepted. 

The local industry placement program gives you the opportunity to earn 6 credit points towards your degree. You will work part time (unpaid) for 10 weeks during semester and six weeks full time during the summer break. 

During your placement you’ll work on projects which allow you to apply the knowledge and theory gained through your degree. You'll work in an authentic business setting, developing and implementing sustainable business solutions.

Week 3 to Week 11 (3 days per week)

Local Industry Placement Program Semester 2, 2019

Placement duration

Student information sessions

1-2pm, 27 February
ABS H70, Case Study Lecture Theatre 2080 
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or

5-6pm, 5 March
ABS H70, Case Study Lecture Theatre 2080
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Application deadlines

Applications open 9am, 26 February

Applications close 12pm, 7 March

Drop-in information sessions

1-2pm, 26 February to 6 March
Careers and Student Experience Lounge, Basement Level, Abercrombie Building

Assessment centres

1 to 12 April

Compulsory pre-placement training

First two weeks of Semester 2 (dates TBC)

Financial assistance

The Business School is now able to offer a limited number of scholarships to students who might not be able to do IPP due to financial constraints. Find out more about the Local Industry Placement Program bursaries

Over the summer break, you 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 are extremely competitive.

Accommodation will be arranged by the Business School, but you are responsible for your own transport and daily expenses. For more information on living and working in Canberra, see the Visit Canberra website.

Canberra Placement Program 2019  
Placement duration 14 January to 22 February 2019
Application deadlines

2019 applications now closed

2020 dates TBC

The International Placement Program offers placements in the United States (Los Angeles and San Francisco) as well as in China (Shanghai and Beijing) and Hong Kong over the summer break.

The winter program runs from late June to early August and includes placements across Europe, including France (Paris), Ireland (Dublin) and Spain (Valencia).

United States

Sydney Business School has established a partnership with the Academic Internship Council (AIC) to offer Business School students an exclusive opportunity to undertake a 6-week professional placement in Los Angeles or San Francisco.

US Placement Program 2019

Placement duration

13 January to 23 February

Information sessions

2020 dates TBC

Application deadlines

2019 applications now closed

2020 dates TBC

Mainland China (Shanghai and Beijing) and Hong Kong

The China Placement 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 2017-18 summer vacation, over 70 students from the Business School's undergraduate and postgraduate programs travelled and worked in China with organisations such as EY, KPMG, Grant Thornton, Beijing Advertising Company, Hilti, and Henkel.

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 were supported by a leading academic from the Business School.

In addition to a minimum WAM of 60, you will need to have completed at least 48 credit points of business units before going on placement. You will also need spoken and written Mandarin or Cantonese, and a valid Chinese passport. 

You will receive 6 credit points towards your degree for successfully completing the program.

China 2018/19  
Placement duration

3 December 2018 to 11 January 2019

or

2 January to 22 February 2019 (includes public holidays for Chinese New Year)

You cannot choose your placement period, this is determined by the firm you are placed with.

Application deadlines

Applications have closed for 2018/2019

2019/2020 dates to be confirmed

Europe

The Europe Industry Placement Program provides a unique experience for students to work in Paris, Dublin or Valencia for six weeks during the winter vacation period (between Semesters 1 and 2). 

Find more information about the Paris Program (pdf, 225KB).

Find more information about the Dublin and Valencia Program (pdf, 245KB).

Europe 2019  
Placement duration

24 June to 2 August

(Arrive 23 June, depart 3 August) 

Information sessions

4-5pm, 27 February
ABS H70, Case Study Lecture Theatre 1060 
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or

12-1pm, 5 March
Institute Building H03, Lecture Theatre 1
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Application deadlines

Applications open 9am, 26 February

Applications close 12pm, 7 March

Assessment centres 19 to 21 March
Pre-placement training (compulsory) Week commencing 3 June (tbc)

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply you need to be enrolled in one of the following Business School degrees and maintain a WAM of 60 (or above). You will need to have completed a minimum of 48 credit points of business units before you begin the program.

Industry placement program

Degrees
China Bachelor of Commerce (including combined degrees), Master of Commerce, Master of Professional Accounting
US and Europe Bachelor of Commerce (including combined degrees), Master of Commerce
Local Bachelor of Commerce (including combined degrees), Master of Commerce, Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management or Master of Professional Accounting.

Enrolment into the program or unit of study is competitive. If you are eligible to apply, you will also be required to complete an online interview with selection criteria based on business acumen, teamwork, leadership, business communication and critical thinking.

Financial assistance

If you are unable to do an IPP due to financial constraints, the Business School offers a limited number of scholarships that you may apply for.

There are also bursaries for the local Industry placement program that you can apply for in order to receive financial assistance for the program.

Local Programs

Jayde Riddell

International Programs

Maya McNeill
Last updated: 14 February 2019

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