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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: 2021 projects will be delivered online

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

As with face-to-face, 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.

There will be some face-to-face learning options for Semester 1 and 2 projects for those students able to attend campus.

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.

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. 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.

The projects are available as:

2021 projects and partners

We have partnered with more than 60 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, Coles, EY, IBM, KPMG, Westpac 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.

What you need to do

3000 level projects

  • Check our project registration open and close dates
  • Make sure you’re eligible
  • Choose the type of project unit – semester-long or intensive
  • Browse our list of available projects and partners
  • Check that you are available for the allocated class time on our project timetable (intensives require student availability on a full-time basis)
  • Select a shell unit in Sydney Student
  • Register for a project

4000 level projects

See the information for 4000 level projects and how to apply.

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Last updated: 14 December 2020

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