The Industry Experience Program is a unique, for-credit opportunity, designed in collaboration with our network of partners and employers. If you’re looking to grow your skills and discover the career opportunities a business degree can provide, the Industry Experience Program provides firsthand insight and experience.   

In this course you will combine practical work experience with five online academic workshops and assessment tasks throughout the term to develop your professional skills and understand more about your company’s culture and values and the industry it operates in.

There are two ways you can join this course:

1. COMM2222 UNSW-Sourced Internship:

All undergraduate Business School students have access to exclusive internship opportunities from the Career Accelerator Job Board on BusinessConnect. Like other job boards, you can apply for opportunities that interest you. This is a competitive process, and if you are successful you will be invited to interview with our industry partner. Career Accelerator has lots of tools and resources to help your application stand out from the crowd.

All currently available roles are listed on the BusinessConnect Job Board, opportunities are added to the job board on an ongoing basis, check back regularly so you don't miss out! Previous opportunities have included; Nestle, FCM Travel, synpulse Management Consulting and IRI Worldwide.

Your role might be focused on e-commerce, HR, marketing, insurance consulting or accounting and finance...and there are plenty more opportunities for you to acquire valuable professional experience and exposure.

Please see FAQ here for further information and next steps.

If you are an undergraduate Business School student and cannot access the job board, please email careeraccelerator@unsw.edu.au

2. COMM2222 Self-Sourced Internship

COMM2222 is a unique model that allows you to gain recognition for a self-sourced internship.

This is an academic course and you are required to combine practical work experience with five academic workshops and formal assessment tasks throughout the term and minimum 120 hours of placement.

Internships need to fit into an academic term to be eligible for course credit so there’s just a few things to check before you submit an application for the course. An internship is eligible if the position is relevant to your degree and approved by the UNSW Business School.

Things your employer should know:

  • This is an academic course, and you will need to complete academic assignments and workshops on top of the practical work at your internship

  • You are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours in placement during the term period 

  • You are required to have at least one 30-minute meeting a week with your supervisor, and two formal 1 hour meetings at the beginning and end of your placement

Your company must agree to abide by the UNSW Work Integrated Learning Core Terms here and they are required to approve your placement before you are enrolled in COMM2222.

Let your supervisor know that they will receive an email from the CA team verifying the position, then a second email from the Business Connect platform where they need to sign in and complete the WIL Agreement to approve your placement. Please note that you will need to provide a work email for your supervisor, and they must be able to communicate with us in English.

If your employer has any questions about the process, they can contact EngageBusiness@unsw.edu.au

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    Internship Placement and Application closing dates: 

     

      Internship Commencement 

    Internship

    Completion 

    Applications are due by: 
    Summer Term 2024  2nd January 2nd February 4th December 2023
    Term 1 2024

    12th February

    19th April  29th January 
    Term 2 2024  27th May  2nd August  13th May 
    Term 3 2024 9th September 15th November 26th August 
  • You're eligible for this program if you:

    • Have completed a minimum of 48 Business UOC by the commencement of this course
    • Have room in your degree for this course
    • Are in good academic standing
    • Have achieved a score in yellow or green zone for your "LinkedIn profile" on the Career AI platform (Aspire module).
    • Have completed Career Accelerator: Essentials (Login using student-enrolment key: Career_Accelerator) OR you have completed COMM1999 myBCom First Year Portfolio
    • Have not completed COMM3101 and COMM3203
    • Are not enrolled in the Co-op Program

    This course may count as a UNSW Business School Free Elective OR as a Major Elective within some majors. It is your responsibility to ensure that this course will count within your program requirements. It’s recommended you refer to your program handbook and the progression plans to understand your current progression and program.

  • To enrol in this course, you must secure an internship first and make your application on BusinessConnect. Once your application is approved, the UNSW Business School will enrol you into the course. This is not a self-enrol course.

    There are two ways to make your application depending on how you have sourced your internship:

    1. UNSW-Sourced Internship:

    All undergraduate Business School students have access to exclusive internship opportunities from the Career Accelerator Job Board on BusinessConnect. Once you have successfully secured an internship, click here for instructions on how to apply.

    2. Self-Sourced Internship:

    If you have secured a Self-Sourced Internship, then make an application on BusinessConnect and once approved, the UNSW Business School will enrol you into the course. This is not a self-enrol course.  

    Applications must be submitted by the required deadlines – please check the ‘Important dates’ section above to find out when your application is due. 

    Making an application is easy, to have your internship considered login to BusinessConnect with your UNSW zID and follow the instructions on the user guide: Self-Sourced Internship user guide

    Your application must include:

    • A position description document

  • Assessment is satisfactory (SY)/unsatisfactory (FL) according to the standard UNSW scale.

    • Goal setting and preparation 20%
    • Reflective Journal 30%
    • Final report 50% (including 10% initial scope)

Student testimonials

After participating in the Career Mentorship Program, I was very keen to undertake some internships in order to further my practical education. COMM2222 presented the perfect opportunity.
I secured my placement at the ASIC with the Market Supervision team where I gained broad exposure to regulatory actions within Australian financial markets. The best part of the placement is the great amount of responsibility I have was given. It feels really great knowing what you’re working on is something substantial and that you’re making a real contribution to the team.
I definitely would recommend the program to everyone! It’s a great chance to start developing your professional network and your resume for future career opportunities!

Arthur - Australian Securities Investments Commission

I first heard about Industry Experience Program from a friend. Through COMM2222, I was able to land an internship at AFS Intercultural Programs Australia as its Accounting/Finance Intern.
I learned so much within a short amount of time and was able to improve my communication and time management skills within a professional environment. This program gave me the opportunity to learn how to use Accounting software in a practical setting and to actually put all the studies I learned in university, into practice.
I would encourage anyone who wants to get an out-of-classroom learning experience to try out this program.

Jessica – AFS Intercultural Programs

Questions?

Please consult the most up to date UNSW Handbook for full course details.

For further enquiries, please email us.