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Industry Placement Program

Identify and develop tomorrow's business leaders
Our local and international Industry Placement Programs give employers a chance to work with high-performing Business School students in Australia or overseas.

We believe a business degree should include genuine experience of today's business world, so we offer our students an opportunity to work for a leading firm as part of their degree through our Industry Placement Program. Credited towards a Business School degree, the Industry Placement Program offers a work placement for a minimum of 3 days per week for 10 weeks during semester or an equivalent number of hours over the summer vacation programs.

If you're a student, please visit the student Industry Placement Program page for more information and how to apply.

Hear from Citi Managing Director Dragi Ristevski about the benefits of participating in the Industry Placement Program.

Industry benefits

  • Students are competitively selected, giving you access to the best emerging business talent.
  • Identify, develop and potentially recruit tomorrow's business leaders.
  • Enhance your firm's profile as an employer of choice among our student population.
  • Students work on real-life projects that can add real value and assist in advancing work commitments.
  • There are no cost or assessment responsibilities for your organisation.


Local and international programs


Placements are available in Sydney-based firms across various sectors, for example, finance, marketing, accounting, HR. The next programs will take place from January to February 2020 (5 days per week for 6 weeks, dates TBC) or Week 3 to Week 11 (3 days per week) Semester 1, 2020. 


Placements are available in the public and not-for-profit sector in Canberra. The next program will take place from January to February 2020 (5 days per week for 6 weeks, dates TBC) during summer vacation.

The China Placement Program provides a 6-week work placement in Shanghai and is aimed at students with the required work visas and language skills to allow them to work with international organisations at their Shanghai-based offices. Spoken and written Mandarin skills and a Chinese passport are essential for all students participating in this program.

Previous participating organisations include EY, KPMG, Grant Thornton, Beijing Advertising Company, Hilti and Henkel.

Placement dates

The next programs will take place from 8 January to 21 February 2020 (includes public holidays and Chinese New Year). 

The US Placement Program provides a 6-week placement in Los Angeles or San Francisco in partnership with the Academic Internship Council.

Previous participating organisations include M&C Saatchi, CREO Capital Advisors, Los Angeles LDC, New Century Capital Partners, Bank of San Francisco, Base Ventures, The Commonwealth Club, Barnes & Conti, and China SF.

Placement dates

The next program will take place from 14 January - 21 February 2020.

Frequently asked questions

The program is open to competitively selected undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Business School. The students will be in their final or penultimate year. They will work on projects assigned by the host organisation and their skills will be matched to suit the specified project.

Students from a diverse range of specialisations or majors can apply. 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. Depending on the project your organisation can request a student (or more than one) from any of the above areas of specialisation.

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

Students are covered by the University of Sydney’s public liability and professional indemnity insurance. We would expect that your organisation provides a safe working environment in accordance with Work, Health and Safety requirements for the workplace.

No. We ask that you provide a description of the project (or projects) that you expect the student to work on, including any specific skills required. The student is required to draft performance objectives that define the learning goals for their placement and they should review this with their placement supervisor. Hosts are also expected to conduct an exit interview with the student at the end of their placement.

Students who successfully enrol in the program will be capable of working on projects either autonomously or within a team with minimal daily supervision. We expect they will be able to add real value through their knowledge and skills. They will be supported by an academic adviser and a program coordinator from the University.

Each placement is supported by an academic adviser and a program coordinator from the University. In addition, the Careers and Employability Office within the Business School is the first point of contact for employers and host organisations.

If you would like to discuss the program further please contact Maria Luksich at or 02 9036 7108.

Local industry enquiries

Maria Luksich

Industry Placement Program Manager (Local)

International industry enquiries

Fiona Suzanne O'Sullivan

Director, External Engagement and International