Business Practicum - Summer 2021

BUSA90473 Business Practicum is an in-company intensive subject where students experience the unique business practices and culture of a company first-hand in Melbourne.

The Business Practicum is worth 12.5 credit points and is offered in the Summer and Winter semesters of each year.

Nicolas Segura - Business Practicum with ANZ

Please read on to find out what you could gain from participating in the Business Practicum.

  • Why take BUSA90473 Business Practicum

    Studies show that having a well-developed range of transferrable skills is crucial for the success of individuals, businesses and societies. Often referred to as employability or ‘soft’ skills, these are the non-technical skills such as communication, teamwork, problem solving, critical thinking and self-management which are developed through exposure to experiences outside the classroom - like work integrated learning subjects, internships and on-the-job learning.

    When these employability skills are combined with technical skills/qualifications and personal attributes, an individual becomes employable across a range of industries, increasing job prospects, becoming a more competitive job-seeker and being a more attractive potential hire.

    So what does this have to do with the Business Practicum?

    As well as being an impressive addition to any CV, the primary aim of the Business Practicum is to provide graduate students with opportunities to develop and enhance employability skills from application right through to the final assessment and beyond.

    It is expected that 2/3 jobs will be soft skill intensive by 2030, so finding opportunities to develop these skills as early as possible is becoming increasingly important.

    In the Business Practicum this is done by:

    • Working closely in a team;
    • Building resilience by being exposed to challenging and intensive working environments;
    • Communicating with a range of stakeholders;
    • Increasing networks;
    • Using critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve a real business problem;
    • Applying classroom theory to real world practice.

    Don’t just take our word for it! Read about previous Business Practicum (previously known as Melbourne Business Practicum) student experiences here.

    (Source: Deloitte Soft Skills for Business Success)

  • Key Dates

    NOTE: Key dates will updated below soon.

    To take part in the Business Practicum, there are compulsory dates you need to be aware of:

      Summer 2021
    Applications open 
    Applications close 
    Group interviews 
    Online training modules (12 hours) 
    Induction workshop 
    Present project proposals 
    In-company dates 
    Final presentation to host company 

    Please note that these dates are compulsory and all students who are given an offer for the Business Practicum are expected to participate in all of these activities. If you know in advance that you won’t be able to commit to one or more of these dates, please do not apply.

  • Eligibility Criteria

    NOTE: Eligibility criteria will updated below soon.

    The below criteria should help you determine whether you would be a strong candidate for the Business Practicum:

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    WHAT EXPERIENCE DO I NEED TO APPLY?

    Can I apply if I don’t have any consulting experience?
    Yes, there is a full selection process including a group interview to determine your eligibility and suitability for the program. Selection is not based on existing consulting experience.

    What if I don’t have any work experience on my CV?
    We are looking at how the CV is put together, not the work experience.  We understand that many students will not have work experience.

    CONCURRENT STUDY

    I want to take an online intensive subject over the summer/winter break while also completing the BP (e.g. Ethics in Finance). Is this okay?
    No, even though the subject is online, students participating in the BP will not be permitted to enrol in any other subjects that run during the same dates as the practicums. BP is intensive and requires 100% commitment from students.

    PROJECTS AND TEAMS

    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.

  • Information Sessions

    Presentation slides and the handout for the Summer 2020 Business Practicum are available to download below:

    Presentation Slides

    Graduate Practicum Handout

  • Apply Now

    A link to the application form for the Summer 2021 Business Practicum will be available here soon.

  • Contact Us

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