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 2021 Winter and Semester 2 Business Practicums will be conducted remotely. 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.

Benefits of a remote project:

  • 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

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

Key dates

Students offered a place in the Business Practicum 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.

Activity
Winter 2021
Semester 2 2021
Applications openMonday 15 March 2021Monday 15 March 2021
Live Q&A sessionTuesday 30 March 2021Tuesday 30 March 2021
Applications closeSunday 11 April 2021Sunday 11 April 2021
Selection outcomesMonday 19 April 2021Monday 19 April 2021
Careers & Employability Workshop: Using Smart Resume in your Business Practicum subjectThursday 22 April 2021, 4pm AEST
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Thursday 22 April 2021, 4pm AEST
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Online LMS modules due Tuesday 29 June 2021Tuesday 27 July 2021
Company project taskMonday 5 July - Friday 16 July  2021Monday 2 August - Friday 22 October 2021

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 (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 and the MBS Deputy Dean. 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.
  • 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 University of Melbourne equivalent weighted average mark for all undergraduate and postgraduate subjects successfully completed at the selection date, and is contingent on permission from the Subject Coordinator.

    The minimum average mark 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
    • 200-point degree and non-MBS students: completion of a minimum of 50 credit points at time of application; or
    • 150-point degree students: completion of a minimum of 50 credit points at time of practicum commencement if you have a business background (e.g. studied business subjects in an undergraduate degree or relevant work experience).

    Note: All students enrolled in a 200-point degree must first have completed 50 credit points before applying, regardless of educational background.

  • You have met with a Course Planner from STOP 1 and checked that there is capacity within your study plan for this elective subject worth 12.5 credit points

    Students are required to seek guidance from a Stop 1 Course Planner prior to applying to ensure there is space in their study plan for this subject. Book a Course Advice appointment here.

    Please note: students undertaking the Master of Commerce (Finance) are generally ineligible to apply, due to limited elective options available in the course.

  • 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.

    The Careers & Employability Team hosted a workshop on 'Using Smart Resume in your Business Practicum subject' at 4pm Thursday 22 April. Watch the recording of the workshop here.

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

Information sessions

Find out more on the Graduate Practicum subjects and watch the video recording by Ms Sharon Soltys, Academic Subject Coordinator.

Missed the Live Q&A? Watch the recording below.

Applications

Applications for the Business Practicum Winter/Semester 2 2021 intakes have now closed. If you are interested in applying for Business Practicum for January/Semester 1 2022, please keep an eye on this webpage for further updates.

Students who have previously completed BUSA90485 Global Business Practicum may express interest in the Business Practicum by emailing mbs-practicums@unimelb.edu.au. Expressions of interest will only be considered if places are not filled by applicants.

Applications are submitted through a system called Sonia. When you join a placement group, you will have access to submit an application form (instructions are outlined in the steps below). If you leave the placement group, we will assume that you are no longer interested in partaking in the Business Practicum subject.

  • Step 1

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

    Click into 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. For the 2021 Winter and Semester 2 intakes, this will be called “2021 Graduate Practicum_Winter_Sem 2”.

    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.

  • Step 3

    Next, 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, when ready, 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 then go through a shortlisting process and students will be emailed an outcome within 7 working days.

Contact us

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

Further information

View this subject in the Handbook.

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

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 BP. 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 their 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 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 would not be allocated to a project where they did not have the technical skills required. Most projects are multi-disciplinary.