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Industry and community projects

Gain career experience and boost your employability with our Industry and Community Project Units (ICPU).


COVID-19 update: July domestic intensives and Semester 2 projects moved to online delivery, global intensives cancelled

Student safety is our priority and due to the impacts of COVID-19, our July intensives and Semester 2 ICPUs will be delivered in an online format, primarily through Zoom video conferencing.

As with face-to-face delivery, you will still work collaboratively in interdisciplinary groups to solve a complex problem set by an industry partner. The partner will virtually engage and provide guidance throughout the project.

All 2020 July global intensives have been cancelled. We will be increasing the number of July domestic projects on offer to make sure we have enough projects for students.

Industry and Community Project Units (ICPUs) are units that provide you with the opportunity to work on authentic problems and issues set out by industry, community and government organisations.

The projects are 6 credit point units and open to all eligible undergraduate students. If you are completing a liberal studies degree and commenced your studies in 2018 or later, these units are a requirement of your degree.

In collaboration with a major industry partner and an academic lead, you will work in a group with other students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds. Project supervisors will allocate the groups to ensure an interdisciplinary mix of students. Together you will research, analyse and present solutions to real world problems set by the external partner organisation. You will then have the opportunity to engage with and learn from industry experts and present your recommendations and ideas to the industry partner.

2020 projects and partners

We have partnered with more than 45 leading business, government and community organisations in Australia and globally to give you the opportunity to work on real-world projects. Partners include, Accenture, ANZ, Bain & Co, Herbert Smith Freehills, NSW Health, Subaru, Qantas and many more.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore real-world topics such as the future of healthcare, the war on waste, technology and mental health, reimagining social housing, and open data disruption.

Some projects are offered as semester-long projects and some are offered as intensives, completed over four weeks during February or July.

See our projects page for the full list of 2020 partners and projects.

What you need to do

  • Make sure you’re eligible
  • Choose the type of project unit – semester-long, domestic or global intensive
  • Browse our list of available projects and partners

    Semester-long, domestic intensive 
  • Select a shell unit in Sydney Student
  • Register for a project

    Global intensive
  • Apply through Global mobility database
  • Attend an interview
  • Receive conditional offer
  • Select a shell unit in Sydney Student and be registered in a project
  • Pay your program fee and make travel arrangements

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Last updated: 27 July 2020

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