Global Business Practicum

Get ahead when seeking employment by undertaking a remote learning experience that gives you credit towards your degree. Global Business Practicum gives you the opportunity to collaborate with team members in a virtual team on a realistic business scenario posted by an overseas company.

Benefits of the Global Business Practicum

The November 2021 and January 2022 Global Business Practicum (GBP) 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 global networks and stand out to employers with proven remote project management experience

“I am convinced that the Global Business Practicum has made me industry-ready, with the first of many online client pitches and professional experiences. Therefore, I would encourage all students to shed their inhibitions and pursue the remote Global Business Practicum - it is guaranteed to make you feel confident and ready to enter a rapidly evolving working environment.”

- Mallika Dutta, Global Business Practicum with Two Hands, a company in Shanghai

Read about Mallika's experience

Key dates

Students offered a place in the Global 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.

Winter 2021

Activity Key Dates
Applications open Monday 15 March 2021
Live Q&A sessionTuesday 30 March 2021
Applications close Sunday 11 April 2021, 11.59pm AEST
Selection outcomes Monday 19 April 2021
Careers & Employability Workshop:
Using Smart Resume in your Business Practicum subject
Thursday 22 April 2021, 4pm AEST
Watch here
Online LMS modules due Tuesday 29 June 2021
Company project task Monday 5 July – Friday 23 July 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 Global 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 Global 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. View the sample CV guide and 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 Global Business Practicum 2021 Winter intake have now closed. If you are interested in applying for GBP November 2021 or January 2022, please keep an eye on this webpage for further updates.

Students who have previously completed BUSA90473 Business Practicum may express interest in the Global 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 Global 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 Winter 2021 intake, 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 placement group 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 Global Business Practicum, please email 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 the Summer/Winter while also completing the GBP (e.g. Ethics in Finance). Is this okay?

    No, even though the subject is online, students participating in the GBP will not be permitted to enrol in any other subjects that run during the same dates as the practicums. GBP is intensive and requires 100% commitment from students.

  • Can I choose the team, 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.

  • How much does the Global Business Practicum cost?

    The cost of the Global Business Practicum is a standard University subject.