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 posed by an overseas company.

Benefits of the Global Business Practicum

The November 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.

  • 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

The January 2023 GBP will be conducted in-person and will involve travel to Singapore.

Key dates

If you are offered a place in GBP, 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.

November 2022 and January 2023

ActivityNovember 2022 (No Travel - Remote Delivery)January 2023 (Travel - Singapore)
Applications openMonday, 18 July 2022Monday, 18 July 2022
Information session (on-campus)Tuesday, 26 July 2022Tuesday, 26 July 2022
Applications closeSunday, 14 August 2022Sunday, 14 August 2022
Round 1 outcomesTuesday, 23 August 2022Tuesday, 23 August 2022
InterviewsTuesday, 30 August 2022Tuesday, 30 August 2022
Selection outcomesMonday, 5 September 2022Monday, 5 September 2022
Careers and Employability "Smart Resume demonstration" video to help you reach the green zoneAccess hereAccess here
Offer acceptances dueSunday, 18 September 2022Sunday, 18 September 2022
Introductory Briefing sessionN/A due to remote deliveryThursday, 22 September 2022
Induction workshop/LMS modules dueSunday, 20 November 2022 (TBC)Sunday, 20 November 2022 (TBC)
Students arrive in countryN/A due to remote deliveryWednesday, 4 January 2023
In-company22 November - 9 December 20225 - 18 January 2023
Students depart countryN/A due to remote deliveryThursday, 19 January 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 GBP 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 GBP is competitive. Selection is based on a University of Melbourne equivalent WAM for all undergraduate and 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
    • 200-point degree and non-MBS students: completion of a minimum of 50 credit points at time of application (regardless of educational background); 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).
  • You have the subject on your Study Plan listed as 'Planned'

    Students are required to ensure there is space in their study plan for this subject.

  • 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 GBP.

  • You have prepared your CV and had it reviewed

    Students who receive an official offer for the GBP 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 has produced a video which demonstrates how to use the Smart Resume platform and its Smart Editor tool to achieve a green zone rating. Access the video on the Resources page in MBS Career Elevation.

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

Applications

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

If you have completed Business Practicum (BUSA90473) and wish to enrol in GBP, 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 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. 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.

“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

Information sessions

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 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 will not be allocated to a project where they do 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.

Further information

View the Handbook for more information.

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

Contact us

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