Are you interested in engaging an intern to work within your organisation? We operate a range of different internship programs which cater to the different business needs and organisations. Our programs span undergraduate, postgraduate and AGSM programs with a range of time commitments from organisations.

If you’re not sure which program is best for your organisation, please email us.

Suitable for small, medium and large companies (minimum 5 employees)

The Industry Experience Program can be completed in two ways:

  1. An in-person internship placement where students will work in the same manner as fellow colleagues from the organisation, whether that be working from home, or in the organisation’s workplace in accordance with the Government’s social distancing requirements. This is a ten week program.
  2. A 100% online project-based internship, under the supervision of an academic with mentoring by a representative of the organisation for a minimum of 30 minutes per week over a ten week period.

The Students

The participating students are chosen from a competitive application process and must be in their second year of study (or above) with a WAM minimum average of 65. They will come from a varied background including accounting, banking & finance, information systems, actuarial studies, marketing and economics.

Students choose this course as a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunity that gives them academic credit and workplace experience. Insurances are covered by UNSW Sydney for unpaid internships that take place on the industry hosts premises.

Host Companies

The host company can be a local enterprise or a branch of a multinational corporation seeking to build a relationship with one of the region’s best business schools.

Requirements for: In person internship placement
  • Students complete a minimum of 140 hours within a business over 10 weeks
  • The placement must be genuine and offer a learning experience to the student. The industry supervisor/mentor will regularly meet with the student to discuss progress and any challenges
  • The industry supervisor/mentor is required to meet with the student once a week for a minimum of 30 minutes
Requirements for: Online project
  • The aim of the project is to provide the student with 140 hours worth of project work over 10 weeks, to meet course requirements. The student will be supervised by an academic and mentored by a representative of the organisation, as an industry mentor
  • The project must be academically assessable
  • The mentor is required to meet with the student weekly for a minimum of 30 minutes, via video conference over a ten week period
  • Only one student can work on a project and students cannot work in teams
  • The student is required to complete the project from home to be compliant with our policy

Your internship placement or project will be advertised on a portal accessed only by students eligible for the course. Students will apply with a resume and cover letter to the project or internship placement that they are most interested in and best suited to. To offer students an opportunity to engage with a real recruitment process, they select the opportunities they wish to apply for as part of the course. We do not match students to companies.

Organisations shortlist and select successful students based on their requirements; choose which students to invite for interview face to face (or over video conference) and can make the offer of project or internship placement directly to the student.

To assist us in delivering our WIL courses online and face to face, we have partnered with Practera, an online platform provider to facilitate the mentor-mentee engagement. More information is available in this Practera Hosting Guide.

Testimonial

Sophie Zdenkowski

The COMM2222 Industry Experience Program is yet another fabulously run program by the Career Accelerator Team in the UNSW Business School. The process to get involved was made easy with templates, placement management systems ready to go and really responsive staff if I needed any help. I was overwhelmed with the selection of talented students who applied for my industry project – they were all motivated and well prepared for the engagement. FDM Group had a great experience hosting a virtual student in 2020, and plan to do so again in 2021.

- Sophie Zdenkowski, FDM, University Partnerships Manager (Australia)

Suitable for large organisations with 500+ employees

The UNSW Business School’s Industry Consulting Project (COMM2233) is an opportunity to connect and engage with high calibre students from Australia’s leading business school. The course places a cohort of 28 students to work on a project that is of genuine importance to the host company. Supported by a UNSW Academic and company mentor, students work in small teams to apply their strengths, insights and fresh perspectives to the business issue, presenting their findings in a pitch presentation at the end of the term.

The Students

The participating students are selected undergraduate students currently studying at the UNSW Business School. They are chosen from a competitive application process that ensures their academic capacity. They will come from a varied background including accounting, banking & finance, information systems, actuarial studies, marketing and economics.

UNSW ensures adequate training on professional workplace behaviour and communication prior to commencement with the company. The students are supported by a UNSW Lecturer and course convenor.

Host Companies

The Industry Consulting Project allows host companies to work with students early in the recruitment pipeline and observe a large group of potential hires with limited time and resource commitment. It also allows a host company to develop their own staff’s mentoring skills.

Host companies will:

  • Provide a project, defined in consultation with UNSW Business School
  • Identify 6-8 mentors, one for each student group (four-hour commitment over ten weeks plus attendance at the launch and presentation events)
  • Host an in-company day at the beginning of the course (approximately three hours)
  • Host a mid-term session for students to obtain additional information about the organisation (approximately one hour)
  • Host a presentation session at the end of the course (approximately three hours)

Term 1 2021 dates

Term 1 

15 February – 23 April 

Mentor Training 

Early February 

In Company Day 1 

Week commencing 22 February 

Mid-term Dession 

Week commencing 15 March 

Final Presentation 

Week commencing 19 April 

Suitable for global organisations

UNSW Business School’s Global Business Practicum (GBP) is an opportunity for companies to connect and engage with high calibre students from Australia’s leading business school. The GBP runs annually in Bangkok, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Mumbai and Tel Aviv with undergraduate students and in Ho Chi Minh City with postgraduate students. The program is also expanding to cover more locations in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

The GBP provides host companies with access to students from multiple disciplines and backgrounds who can bring different insights to business problems. The program also enhances the brand awareness of host companies among students in the program as well as the wider UNSW cohort. The GBP aims to strengthen the work readiness of students and to equip them with professional skills that are adaptable to future changes in the professions.

The GBP places small groups of 3 to 5 students at host companies for a period of 10 working days to work on a genuine issue of importance to the host company. Students have the option to collaborate and conduct discussions with host companies virtually. The students combine their strengths, insights and fresh perspectives to provide a written report (1000 words) to your company and conduct a presentation of 30 to 60 minutes to summarise their findings.

The Students

The participating students have been selected among high calibre candidates currently studying at the UNSW Business School. The program provides students with an opportunity to build up their professional networks and engage with organisations overseas, to enhance their global business knowledge and explore potential career paths.

The students are chosen from a competitive application process that ensures their academic capacity. They come from a varied background including accounting, banking & finance, information systems, actuarial studies, marketing and economics. UNSW ensures adequate training on professional workplace behaviour and communication prior to commencement with the host company.

Host Companies

Host companies are asked to provide a genuine business project for each student consulting group, a designated supervisor and a suitable workplace for the placement duration (for in-country placements only). Logistics, including accommodation and insurance, are organised by the UNSW Business School. There is no financial cost to the host company.

Testimonial

Benjamin Krieg

The UNSW Global Business School Practicum is something I look forward to each and every year, having now supported it for 4 consecutive years. I am always impressed by the organisation of the program, and most importantly the calibre and output from the students that participate. Our business has benefited greatly from the projects undertaken, and even in the condensed form of the program, you can see the development and confidence of the students grow, which makes it even more rewarding.

- Benjamin Krieg, Cluster General Manager, Novotel Bangkok

Suitable for local and global companies of all sizes

The UNSW Business School’s Adaptive Futures program provides companies in Australia and overseas with the opportunity to connect and engage with high calibre students from Australia’s leading business school.

Adaptive Futures was established in response to the fast-changing work environment that is intertwined with rapid technological advancement at the local and global levels. By expanding our reach and partnerships, Adaptive Futures is delivered fully online via a platform customised for online mentorship. The program provides an authentic and flexible work-integrated learning experience.

Adaptive Futures provides partner companies with access to students from multiple disciplines and backgrounds to undertake research into the future of work for their organisation. The students work in small groups and combine their strengths, insights and fresh perspectives to provide a written report and present their findings.

The Students

The participating students are selected amongst the high calibre candidates currently studying at the UNSW Business School. They come from varied backgrounds including accounting, banking & finance, information systems, actuarial studies, marketing and economics. The program provides the students with an opportunity to be exposed to real world experiences with exposure to culturally diverse workplaces and actual business operations.

It aims to equip students with the relevant skills and knowledge to tackle the complexities of the future workforce, to be able to self-assess and learn how to adapt and upskill on the job.

To prepare the students for program, the UNSW Business School ensures adequate training on professional behaviour and communication for all students taking part in these programs.

Partner Companies

Adaptive Futures is suitable for companies who are looking for fresh perspectives, to foster leadership skills in their current employees, and are keen to understand the workforce capabilities required to remain successful in the future. Partner companies can also use this opportunity to enhance their brand awareness among UNSW students in the program as well as to the wider cohort.

Partner companies are invited to provide a genuine business project for each student group and a designated mentor/supervisor. There is no financial cost to the participating partner company.

Suitable for start-ups

The UNSW Business School’s Enterprise Skills (COMM5008) is an opportunity to connect and engage with high calibre postgraduate students from Australia’s leading business school. Small groups of 2 - 4 students from different business majors are placed in host companies to work on a business project of importance to the organisation. The students combine their strengths, insight and fresh prospective to the project as they complete 70 hours on a project over a 10 week period.

The Students

The participating students are predominately International Postgraduate students currently studying at the UNSW Business School. The students are looking to build their understanding of workplace contexts, cultures, recruitment practices and expectations through a practical workplace experience.

They are chosen from a competitive application process that ensures their academic capacity. They will have completed a minimum 6 months of their Postgraduate degree and undergone training on professional workplace behaviour and communication prior to commencement with the company.

Host Companies

The host company can be a start-up or local enterprise seeking to build a relationship with one of the region’s best business schools. The company must be able to provide students the ability to complete

the project and are assigned a mentor that will provide them a minimum 30 mentor minutes per week (face-to-face, via video).

Upon completion of the project, mentors will be asked to complete a performance appraisal.

T1 2021 Key Dates:  

Project Expression of Interest  

14 December 2020  

Project Submission  

18 January 2021  

Internship Period  

1 March – 23 April 2021  

Testimonial

We have had two groups of students interns from COMM5008 Enterprise skills to help our startup perform competitor analysis, market analysis, and pricing strategy for our novel innovative products. The diverse skills of students and ability to grasp complex concepts was amazing and the quality of their works have been really impressive. Thanks to the students as well as well as coordinators and industry engagement officer for the internship program.

- Alex Soeriyadi, Co-Founder/CEO, LLEAF