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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. You need to ensure you have sufficient room in their degree to complete the program, or have permission to overload.

You need to apply and have been offered an industry placement before you can enrol in the unit.

Applications for placements offered during the 2019-2020 summer break and Semester 1, 2020 will open on Wednesday 7 August 2019, and close on Thursday 15 August. 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.

Local Industry Placement Program Summer and Semester 1, 2020

Placement duration

Summer 2020 program: 13 January to 21 February 2020 (5 days per week)

Semester 1 2020 program: Week 3 to Week 11 (3 days per week)

Student information sessions

12-1pm, 8 August 2019 in ABS 2140 

and

4-5pm, 12 August 2019 in ABS 1170 

Application deadlines

Applications open 9am, 7 August 2019

Applications close 12pm, 15 August 2019

Drop-in information sessions

1-2pm, 7 to 14 August 2019
Careers and Student Experience Lounge, Basement Level, Abercrombie Building (ABS, H70)

Assessment centres

9 to 20 September 2019

Compulsory pre-placement training

Summer 2020 program: week commencing 2 December 2019

Semester 1 2020 program: first two weeks of Semester 1 2020 (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

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

The winter program runs from late June to early August and includes placements in France (Paris).

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.

Find more information about the US Program (pdf, 381KB).

US Placement Program 2020
Placement duration

14 January - 21 February 2020

Information sessions

12-1pm, 7 August 2019 in ABS 1060

and

4-5pm, 13 August 2019 in ABS 2140

Application deadlines

Applications open 9am, 7 August 2019

Applications close 12pm, 15 August 2019

Drop-in information sessions

1-2pm, 7-14 August 2019

Careers and Student Experience Lounge, Basement level, Abercrombie Building (ABS H70)

Compulsory pre-program training Week commencing 2 December 2019 (dates TBC)

Mainland China (Shanghai)

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 2018-19 summer vacation, 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, and a valid Chinese passport. 

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

Find more information about the China Program (pdf, 153KB).

China Placement Program 2020
Placement duration

8 January - 21 February 2020 (includes public holidays for Chinese New Year)

Information sessions

12-1pm, 7 August 2019 in ABS 1060

and

4-5pm, 13 August 2019 in ABS 2140

Application deadlines

Applications open 9am, 7 August 2019

Applications close 12pm, 15 August 2019

Drop-in information sessions

1-2pm, 7-14 August 2019

Careers and Student Experience Lounge, Basement level, Abercrombie building (ABS H70)

Assessment centres 29 August - 6 September 2019
Compulsory pre-program training Week commencing 2 December 2019 (dates TBC)

Europe

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

Find more information about the Paris Program (pdf, 231KB).

Europe Placement Program 2019
Placement duration

6 weeks in-country - 24 June to 2 August

(Arrive 23 June, depart 3 August)

Application deadlines

Applications open 9am, 26 February

Applications close 12pm, 7 March

Assessment centres 19 to 21 March
Compulsory pre-program training 4 June

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 Bachelor of Commerce (including combined degrees), Master of Commerce, Master of Professional Accounting
Europe Bachelor of Commerce (including combined degrees), Master of Commerce or Master of Professional Accounting
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.

You can only participate in one Business School placement program throughout the course of your degree i.e. Local Industry Placement Program, International Industry Placement Program or other related programs. You will only be awarded a second placement opportunity in exceptional circumstances. You can contact us if you need more information on this.

In addition, you can also participate in a study tour/business practicum/project-based unit and/or the Self-Sourced Placement Program if your degree will accommodate you enrolling in more than one program.

If you have exceptional circumstances or require clarification please email business.placements@sydney.edu.au

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.

If you've previously received a scholarship/funding (including Business School scholarship, NCP, Endeavour, VC Global Mobility scholarship) for any Business School work integrated learning unit of study, you will only be awarded a second scholarship/funding in exceptional circumstances. Priority will be given to students participating in their first work integrated learning unit of study.

Local Programs

Jayde Riddell

International Programs

Maya McNeill
Last updated: 29 August 2019

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