Business Practicum

Stand out to potential employers by completing a consulting project in a virtual team with an Australian-based organisation. Offered in both intensive and semester-long formats, Business Practicum will give you the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to collaborate within a remote setting.

Nicolas Segura - Business Practicum with ANZ

Benefits of the Business Practicum

The 2023 Summer and Semester 1 Business Practicum will be conducted as a dual-delivery subject. This reflects current work practices and will better prepare you for the future of work. See what prospective employers are saying about the benefits of completing a remote project here.

  • Apply your classroom theory, and use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve a realistic business scenario
  • Enhance your teamwork and communication skills, and demonstrate your ability to collaborate with stakeholders from any location
  • Receive guidance from an academic mentor and a project organisation mentor
  • Gain confidence in managing yourself and feel ready to start employment remotely
  • Access industry networks and stand out to employers with proven remote project management experience

Key dates

If you are offered a place in the Business Practicum, you are required to participate in all listed activities. If you are unable to commit to one or more of these dates, please do not apply.

2023 Summer and Semester 1

Activity
FebruarySemester 1
Applications openMonday 22 AugustMonday 22 August
Information session (online)12.15pm-1.15pm, Tuesday 6 September
Register here
12.15pm-1.15pm, Tuesday 6 September
Register here
Applications close11.59pm, Sunday 11 September11.59pm, Sunday 11 September
Round 1 outcomes (interview invitations)Thursday 15 SeptemberThursday 15 September
InterviewsMonday 26 SeptemberMonday 26 September
Selection outcomesThursday 29 SeptemberThursday 29 September
Careers and Employability "Smart Resume demonstration" video to help you reach the green zoneAccess hereAccess here
Offer acceptances dueSunday 16 OctoberSunday 16 October
LMS modules dueFriday 27 January 2023Wednesday 1 March 2023
Induction workshopFriday 27 January 2023Wednesday 1 March 2023
Company project period30 January - 10 February 20236 March - 19 May 2023
Assessment period endsFriday 17 February 2023Friday 9 June 2023

Eligibility

  • You are enrolled into an approved graduate degree
    • Students enrolled in an approved MBS graduate degree are eligible to apply. Please check the University of Melbourne handbook or with Course Planners at Stop 1 if you are unsure whether the Business Practicum can be taken as part of your current degree.
    • MBS students who have already completed one Graduate Practicum subject may apply to take another but will be placed on a waiting list and only offered a place based on availability.
    • Students enrolled in the Master of Engineering (Biomedical, Electrical, Mechanical, and Software streams), Master of Information Systems and Master of Information Technology are eligible to apply.
    • Other non-FBE students are not eligible to apply for any FBE practicum subjects without the prior approval of the Subject Coordinator. Proof of approval must be emailed to mbs-practicums@unimelb.edu.au before the application close date. Late approval submissions will not be accepted and applications without the required approval will be withdrawn.
    • Please note: students undertaking the Master of Commerce (Finance) are generally ineligible to apply, due to limited elective options available in the course.

  • Your Weighted Average Mark (WAM) is 70% or higher

    Due to limited spaces, entry into the Business Practicum is competitive. Selection is based on a  WAM for all postgraduate subjects successfully completed at the selection date, and is contingent on permission from the Subject Coordinator.

    The minimum WAM requirement for the subject is 70% and the Selection Committee considers the following when allocating places:

    • academic performance
    • an overall match of skills, experience and interests to the available projects.
  • You have completed a minimum of 50 credit points
      Students enrolled in a MBS program or eligible non-MBS program must have completed a minimum of 50 points of their program at the time of application.
  • You have space in your study plan for this subject

    Before applying, you should ensure there is space in your study plan for this subject. You can do this by adding the subject as ‘planned’ although this is not a requirement at the time of application.

  • You are available to attend an interview if you are successful in the shortlisting stage

    Students who are successful in the shortlisting stage will be invited to attend either an in-person or online interview (dependent on COVID-19 restrictions at the time of scheduled interviews). You must attend an interview if you wish to be considered for a place in the Business Practicum.

  • You have prepared your CV and had it reviewed

    Students who receive an official offer for the Business Practicum must submit a CV with evidence that the CV has scored a 'green' rating on the University of Melbourne's Smart Resume platform. Find out more about preparing your CV.

    EmployMe provides tools, resources and videos to build your skills in job seeking, resume building, interview performance and more.

Applications

Applications for the Business Practicum in Winter 2022 are open have closed. Applications for the next intake will be advertised in the MBS Newsletter.

If you have previously completed Global Business Practicum (BUSA90485) and wish to enrol in the Business Practicum, please email mbs-practicums@unimelb.edu.au. You will be added to a waitlist and you will be considered if places are not filled by applicants.

  • Step 1

    Login to Sonia Live using your University of Melbourne student credentials: https://unimelb.sonialive.com/.

    Click on Faculty of Business and Economics.

  • Step 2

    Click on the Placements tab on the menu bar at the top of the page and search for the placement group you’re interested in applying for (e.g., for the 2022 Winter intake, this will be called 2022 Graduate Practicum_Winter).

    Please note that the Graduate Practicum placement group will only appear in the Placements screen if applications are currently open for an upcoming intake. If the subject does not appear in the list, it is likely that applications have not yet opened or have already closed. Check the key dates section above to find out when applications are open for this intake. If you  leave the placement group, we will withdraw your application.

  • Step 3

    Click the green + Join option. This will give you access to the subject application form which can be found on the Forms tab. You may need to refresh your browser for this to appear.

  • Step 4

    Complete all fields of the application form and click submit. Please ensure you take note of the application due date as we do not accept late submissions.

  • Step 5

    After the subject application closing date, applications will be shortlisted and students will be emailed an outcome within 7 working days.

The idea of working remotely on a semester-long project in my final semester was daunting. However, I now feel grateful to have completed the Business Practicum, which helped me gain practical experience to pair with the theoretical knowledge I obtained in class. I also developed my soft skills, especially in communication.

- Diana Justina Hartono,  Business Practicum with Xero

Read about Diana's experience

Information session

Access the information session slides and recording via your Canvas community.

Frequently asked questions

  • Can I apply if I don’t have any consulting experience?

    Yes, there is a full selection process to determine your eligibility and suitability for the program. Selection is not based on existing consulting experience.

  • I want to take an online intensive subject over summer/winter while also completing a summer intensive /July intensive Business Practicum. Is this okay?

    No, Business Practicum participants enrolled in the summer or winter intake will not be permitted to enrol in any other subjects that run in the same period as the Business Practicum intake. Both summer and winter intakes are intensive and will require 100% commitment from students.

    Please note: This relates to the intensive stream (Summer or Winter) only. A normal subject load can be undertaken with the semester-long Business Practicum stream (Semester 1 or Semester 2).

  • Can I choose the company or type of project?

    No, students are allocated to teams and companies with specific projects. However, students are given the opportunity to advise their areas of interest which we endeavour to consider when allocating teams. Students will not be allocated to a project where they do not have the technical skills required. Most projects are multi-disciplinary.

Further information

View this subject in the Handbook.

Read about the experiences of MBS students who completed a consulting subject in Student Stories.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Business Practicum please email: mbs-practicums@unimelb.edu.au