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Industry Placement Program

If you are enrolled in a degree in the Business School, the Industry Placement Program (IPP) gives you the opportunity to work for a leading firm as part of your degree.

  1. Overview and eligibility
  2. How to apply

Overview and eligibility

COVID-19 update: changes to program delivery 

All WIL HUB units of study will be delivered online until further notice. This includes full online student participation for any workplace component of a placement.

For the Local and Self-sourced Placement Programs, placements will only be considered if a host organisation can support remote work arrangements for the duration of the placement. You should consider this change to program delivery before committing to a placement.

If you're currently participating in Local or Self-Sourced Placement Programs, you should refer to your unit of study Canvas announcements for COVID-19 impacts to these subjects. If you have any questions, contact your unit of study coordinator.

The Industry Placement Program offers placements with local firms in Sydney and international firms in China, Paris and the United States.

During your local placement, you will work at least three days a week for 10 weeks during semester, or an equivalent number of hours over the summer break. International programs run for six weeks over the winter or summer break, depending on the location.

Completing the program provides credit towards your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, as an elective unit of study. It cannot count towards your major/specialisation. You need to ensure you have sufficient room in your degree to complete the program, or have permission to overload.

You need to apply and have been offered an industry placement before you can enrol in the unit. Acceptance onto the program does not guarantee a placement will be available. The Business School may decide to withdraw a student’s application.

Applications for placements offered during the 2020 winter and Semester 2, 2020 have been extended. Applications now close, Thursday 19 March 2020. Check the application deadline for your chosen program, as late applications will not be accepted.

The Local Industry Placement Program gives you the opportunity to earn 6 credit points towards your degree. You will work part time (unpaid) for 10 weeks during semester and six weeks full time during the summer break. 

During your placement you’ll work on projects which allow you to apply the knowledge and theory gained through your degree. You'll work in an authentic business setting with a supervisor on co-negotiated business-related work tasks/projects.

Local Industry Placement Program and Semester 2, 2020

Placement duration Semester 2 2020 program: Week 3 to Week 11 (3 days per week)

Information sessions

5-6pm, 26 February in ABS 1050

and

1-2pm, 2 March in ABS 1130

You can access recordings of these sessions through Canvas (see the Opportunities & Experience, Work Integrated Learning (WIL) section).

Application deadlines

Applications open 9am, 26 February

Applications have been extended to close 12pm, 19 March

Drop-in support available

1-2pm, 2 - 5 March
Careers and Student Experience Lounge, Basement Level, Abercrombie Building (ABS, H70)

Assessment centres

 Proposed dates have now changed to 30 March - 17 April (TBC)

Compulsory pre-placement training

Semester 2 2020 program: first two weeks of Semester 2 2020 (dates TBC)

Financial assistance

The Business School is now able to offer a limited number of scholarships to students who might not be able to do a placement due to financial constraints. Find out more about the Local Industry Placement Program bursaries. All of our placements are unpaid in order to meet the Fair Work Act.

The International Placement Program offers placements in the United States (Los Angeles and San Francisco) as well as in China (Shanghai) over the summer break.

The winter program runs from late June to early August and includes placements in France (Paris).

United States

Sydney Business School has established a partnership with the Academic Internship Council (AIC) to offer Business School students an exclusive opportunity to undertake a 6-week professional placement in Los Angeles or San Francisco.

Find more information about the US Program (pdf, 381KB).

US Placement Program 2020
Placement duration

14 January - 21 February 2020

Information sessions

12-1pm, 7 August 2019 in ABS 1060

and

4-5pm, 13 August 2019 in ABS 2140

Application deadlines

Applications open 9am, 7 August 2019

Applications close 12pm, 15 August 2019

Drop-in information sessions

1-2pm, 7-14 August 2019

Careers and Student Experience Lounge, Basement level, Abercrombie Building (ABS H70)

Compulsory pre-program training Week commencing 2 December 2019 (dates TBC)

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.

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.

In addition to a minimum WAM of 60, you will need to have completed at least 48 credit points of business units before going on placement. You will also need spoken and written Mandarin, and a valid Chinese passport. 

You will receive 6 credit points towards your degree for successfully completing the program.

Find more information about the China Program (pdf, 153KB).

China Placement Program 2020
Placement duration

8 January - 21 February 2020 (includes public holidays for Chinese New Year)

Information sessions

12-1pm, 7 August 2019 in ABS 1060

and

4-5pm, 13 August 2019 in ABS 2140

Application deadlines

Applications open 9am, 7 August 2019

Applications close 12pm, 15 August 2019

Drop-in support available

1-2pm, 7-14 August 2019

Careers and Student Experience Lounge, Basement level, Abercrombie building (ABS H70)

Assessment centres 29 August - 6 September 2019
Compulsory pre-program training Week commencing 2 December 2019 (dates TBC)

Europe

The Europe Industry Placement Program in Paris is no longer scheduled to run over winter 2020.

The Europe Industry Placement Program provides a unique experience for students to work in Paris for six weeks during the winter vacation period (between Semesters 1 and 2). More information will be available on this page closer to the next intake for this program.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply you need to be enrolled in one of the following Business School degrees and maintain a WAM of 60 (or above). You will need to have completed a minimum of 48 credit points of business units before you begin the program.

Industry placement program

Degrees
China Bachelor of Commerce (including combined degrees), Master of Commerce, Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations or Master of Professional Accounting
US Bachelor of Commerce (including combined degrees), Master of Commerce, Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations or Master of Professional Accounting
Europe Bachelor of Commerce (including combined degrees), Master of Commerce, Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations or Master of Professional Accounting
Local Bachelor of Commerce (including combined degrees), Master of Commerce, Master of Human Resources and Industrial Relations, Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management or Master of Professional Accounting.

Enrolment into the program or unit of study is competitive. If you are eligible to apply, you will also be required to complete an online and/or face-to-face group interview with selection criteria based on business acumen, teamwork, leadership, business communication and critical thinking.

You can only participate in one Business School placement program throughout the course of your degree i.e. Local Industry Placement Program, International Industry Placement Program or other related programs with approval from the Business School. You will only be awarded a second placement opportunity in exceptional circumstances. You can contact us if you need more information on this.

In addition, you can also participate in a study tour/business practicum/project-based unit and/or the Self-Sourced Placement Program if your degree will accommodate you enrolling in more than one program.

If you have exceptional circumstances or require clarification please email business.placements@sydney.edu.au

Financial assistance

If you are unable to do a placement due to financial constraints, the Business School offers a limited number of scholarships that you may apply for.

There are also bursaries for the Local Industry Placement Program that you can apply for in order to receive financial assistance for the program. All of our placements are unpaid in order to meet the Fair Work Act.

If you've previously received a scholarship/funding (including Business School scholarship, NCP, Endeavour, VC Global Mobility scholarship) for any Business School work integrated learning unit of study, you will only be awarded a second scholarship/funding in exceptional circumstances. Priority will be given to students participating in their first work integrated learning unit of study.

In recognition of the value that experiential learning adds to the development of a student’s employability skills, the Business School is offering the opportunity to earn credit for an unpaid placement or internship that you have sourced yourself.

All placements and host organisations need to be approved by the Business School before you enrol in the unit of study. Placements need to be relevant to your business studies and meet the relevant learning outcomes for the unit of study.

You will receive 6 credit points towards your degree by successfully completing the relevant Business School unit of study (BUSS2200 for undergraduate students and BUSS6514 for postgraduate students). The unit requires you to undertake your work placement as well as academic coursework.

A minimum enrolment number is required for the unit to proceed.

Eligibility

The program is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Undergraduate students enrolled in any major in a Business School degree (or combined Business School degree) are eligible to apply.

Postgraduate students enrolled in the following degrees are eligible to apply:

  • Master of Commerce
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Human Resources Management and Industrial Relations
  • Master of Logistics and Supply Chain Management

A minimum Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 60 and the equivalent of 2 full load semesters of Business units completed by the time the program commences are also required.

The Self-Sourced Placement Program is an elective unit of study worth 6 credit points and cannot count towards a major/specialisation. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have room in your degree to undertake this unit.

Make sure you read the student responsibilities statement to ensure you understand those responsibilities. Refer to the Business School Handbook for the requirements of your degree.

How to apply

Applications for winter, 2020 are open from 9am, Monday 16 March to 9am Friday 12 June 2020.

Applications for Semester 2, 2020 are open from 9am, Monday 16 March to until 9am, Friday 24 July 2020. Program participants are expected to complete 210 hours on placement over a 10-week period (dates TBC).   

If you are interested in applying for the Self-Sourced Placement Program you need to submit an expression of interest to the Work Integrated Learning Hub at the Business School. Your expression of interest needs to include:

  • a brief statement outlining how a placement will support your university studies
  • a copy of your unofficial transcript downloaded from Sydney Student.

Submit your expression of interest to business.placements@sydney.edu.au. Expressions of interest will only be accepted from your University student email address.

Your expression of interest will be assessed by the Work Integrated Learning Hub at the Business School. If you meet the eligibility criteria you will be advised of the next steps of the application process.

Financial assistance

If you are unable to do the self-sourced placement program due to financial constraints, the Business School offer a limited number of scholarships that you may apply for.

Eligible students who have previously received a scholarship/funding (including Business School scholarship, NCP, Endeavour, VC Global Mobility scholarship) for any Business School work integrated learning unit of study will only be awarded a second scholarship/funding in exceptional circumstances. Priority will be given to students participating in their first work integrated learning unit of study.

Local Programs

Work Integrated Learning Coordinator

International Programs

Work Integrated Learning Coordinator
Last updated: 08 April 2020

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