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Industry placement program

Gain the experience and network to start your career
We believe that genuine work experience is essential to a degree in business.

Our Industry Placement Program offers students who are enrolled in a Business School degree the opportunity to work for a leading firm both locally and overseas. You will gain quality industry experience and have the opportunity to learn from the best in the field.

Credited towards a Business School degree, the 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 and winter vacation periods.

Anna Bezuglova, Industry Placement Program

Anna talks about her experience spending six weeks in Paris working as an international marketing consultant. 

About the program

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. 

Enrolment into the program or unit of study is selective and only those students who successfully proceed through the selection process are considered for placements. The selection criteria on which all activities used for selection into the programs are based upon are; business acumen, teamwork and leadership, business communication and critical thinking.

The Industry Placement Program unit of study for both undergraduate and postgraduate students is an elective unit and cannot count towards a major or specialisation. Students are responsible for their own degree progression and must ensure they have sufficient room in their degree, or permission to overload.

Programs on offer

The Industry Placement Program falls across various categories, including:

  1. Local - placements with Sydney based firms across most industries e.g. Finance, Accounting, Marketing, HR, etc.
  2. International - placements in Asia and the US

For more information on each of the placement categories and the relevant application process please select the relevant tab below.

The Local Industry Placement Program gives you the opportunity to earn 6 credit points towards your degree by working (unpaid) for 10 weeks part-time during semester and 6 weeks full-time during the summer holiday period. During your placement you’ll work on projects which allow you to apply the knowledge and theory gained through your degree, in an authentic business setting developing and implementing sustainable business solutions.

During the Australian summer vacation, the Business School's International Placement Program comprises placements in the United States (Los Angeles and San Francisco) as well as in China (Shanghai). The winter program runs from late June to early August.

United States – Los Angeles and San Francisco

The University of Sydney Business School has established a partnership with the Academic Internship Council (AIC) to offer Business School undergraduate and postgraduate students an exclusive opportunity to undertake a 6-week professional placement in Los Angeles or San Francisco. Students will receive a total of 6 credit points towards their degree by successfully completing the relevant Business School unit of study.

This unique program enables students to work and live within the downtown business districts of a major US city while gaining valuable work experience and building peer and professional networks. Students will intern for between 32-40 hours per week in an internship while concurrently working on assignments from the University (goal setting, reflective journaling and an end of program presentation). The program’s design provides each student with a comprehensive academic, professional and cultural experience to position them well for a global career.

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. Students will receive a total of 6 credit points towards their degree by successfully completing the relevant Business School unit of study.

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. Spoken and written Mandarin skills and a Chinese passport are essential for this program.