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Business projects

Work with promising students on real-life projects
Collaborate with tomorrow's business leaders on strategic business projects and boost your employer profile among Business School students.

We offer our industry partners the opportunity to collaborate with high-achieving undergraduate and postgraduate students on real-world projects of strategic importance to their organisation. After assigning your students a relevant business issue, they will work under the supervision of an academic adviser to deliver customised recommendations for potential implementation.

Previous partner organisations include CSIRO, CPA Australia, Electrolux, KPMG, Thomson Reuters, SAP, The Smith Family, Thales Australia and RFC Group.

Industry benefits

  • Get direct access to the best emerging business talent.
  • Identify, develop and potentially recruit tomorrow's business leaders.
  • Gain exposure to the latest business research and theory.
  • Enhance your firm's profile as an employer of choice among our student population.
  • Students work on 'real-life' projects that can assist your organisation in propelling strategy development.
  • There is no cost or assessment burden on your organisation.

We ask participating companies to offer students the opportunity to present their findings to a management team.

Frequently asked questions

The program is open to final unit undergraduate students, and master's degree students. They will work on group projects assigned by the host organisation and their skills will be matched to suit the specified project.

Students from a diverse range of specialisations are eligible to participate. The range of specialisations include: Accounting, Finance, Business Information Systems, Business Law, HR, Marketing, Banking, Project Management, Strategy and Innovation, Quantitative Business Analysis, Quantitative Finance, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, and International Business. All groups are multidisciplinary.

Students earn credit points towards their degree for participating, they do not expect to be paid or to be guaranteed a job after the placement.

If students are required to go on site, they will be fully covered by the University of Sydney's public liability and professional indemnity insurance. We expect your organisation to provide a safe working environment in accordance with workplace Occupational Health and Safety requirements.

No. We ask that you provide a description of the project (or porjects) that you expect the student to work on, including any specific skills required. We can assist you develop this if required.

The projects are managed by the academic adviser with administrative support provided by the Business School. Depending upon the project, host organisations may need to provide access to data, arrange introductions etc. It is not necessary to provide office space and equipment to students; however, we ask that host organisations provide an opportunity for students to present their final report to a management team. Students expect to add real value in terms of their knowledge and skills.

Projects run throughout the year, including summer school.

If you would like to discuss the program further please contact Dr Helen Parker or Fiona O'Sullivan, whose details are provided on this page.

Contact us

Helen Parker

Manager, External Engagement and International

Fiona O'Sullivan

Director, External Engagement and International