How do I benefit?
- Engage with the next generation of business leaders
- Generate ideas on solutions to your business’ challenges and opportunities
- Opportunities to be involved range from being a competition judge, developing a case study, providing financial support or in-kind support for competitions logistics and prizes
- Actively involve yourself in the student community and support their growth
Our range of case competition programs offer students the chance to develop solutions to industry challenges and apply their theory to real-world business questions and cases. This also offers industry the chance to interact with some of our brightest students and be involved in high-profile activities.
Our partners from previous years have included commercial and investment banks, management consultancies, community sector organisations, government bodies, corporations and industry experts.
How does it work?
Competitions run both locally and globally, on and off campus. On campus, we run at least two faculty-run business case competitions each year, each with its own theme.
High-calibre student teams run through a series of challenges with the goal of tackling real world business case studies and provide innovative solutions to real-life companies within a limited time-frame.
Through a process of elimination, the top performing teams enter a finals round, where they pitch their solution to a panel of expert judges. Winning teams are eligible for a range of prizes and recognition.
This sounds great. What’s next?
Contact one of our expert team members to discuss how you can get involved. We can tailor sponsorship and participation packages, according to your needs and resources.
Who are the students?
High-achieving early career Bachelor of Commerce and specialist Masters students studying in the business fields of Accounting, Econometrics, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources, International Business, Management and Marketing students studying in the business fields of Accounting, Econometrics, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources, International Business, Management and Marketing.
When do the competitions take place?
Competitions normally take place in the second half of the year, from July to September. We generally have sponsors confirmed in the first quarter, so we can start promoting the competition to students.
What type of cases are generally given and is this open to any industry?
Over the years, we have had a range of cases from different industry sectors. We can provide more details and examples during an in-depth discussion with you as to what will work.
What are the costs involved for sponsorship?
You will be assigned a dedicated account manager who can efficiently manage any day to day queries. Depending on your type of sponsorship and involvement, you may also be involved in designing the case with our academic team with opportunities for mentoring and professional development days. We will provide timelines and detail in advance to ensure that your organisation's involvement can be managed and planned for.
What will I get in return for sponsorship?
We can tailor sponsorship packages to broadly suit your organisational goals. This activity can help promote your brand both internally at the University to students and staff, and externally through a range of marketing channels.
Past sponsors have been able to connect with and recruit our brightest students who take part in case competitions. Being a judge or mentor can provide a great professional development opportunity and ultimately, your sponsorship will give something back, in helping to shape the minds of students and learn.
This sounds great, but we run our own corporate student case competitions/hackathons/business challenges. Are you able to promote these?
Yes, we can promote your organisation's programs through a range of channels, once we have ensured that the programs are suitable for our students. Please contact us to find out more.
Over the past few years we have hosted a number of student teams. They bring fresh perspectives, thorough analysis and deliver ideas that provoke conversations at the bank. Steven Aney, Head of Risk Methodology, ANZ
How do I benefit?
- Engage with the next generation of business leaders
- Obtain implementable solutions to your business’ challenges
- Consulting teams have well-developed problem solving, IT and communication skills, often with multi-lingual skills and are managed by a dedicated and experienced project lead
- Receive a detailed written report and presentation on key recommendations
- Connect with academic activities and form a research collaboration
- No cost to take part and insurance is covered by the University
For over a decade, we have provided high calibre student teams to deliver actionable business solutions to strategic questions posed by industry.
We have worked with a range of global partners, including the major banks, Big Four, listed multinationals through to community-sector and start-up organisations. Our partners have benefited from the insight our project teams have created.
By taking part in this program, your organisation will benefit from the valuable application of the latest theory and research methods to address your business challenges.
How does it work?
We consult with you to define a project of strategic importance, real business value and impact. Projects can happen anywhere – across Australia and globally. Once confirmed, we build a consultancy team of four high performing business students to deliver the project.
Students are provided with intensive and rigorous consulting training prior to commencement, ensuring they have the necessary skills to develop a well-researched solution. In conjunction with the training, they are assigned an academic lead who has extensive experience in successfully guiding students to deliver results.
The project time frame will depend on the program which runs intensively over two weeks, or spread across eleven weeks. With projects spanning either time frame, the student team then undertake analysis and investigation to address your business idea or challenge. This will involve contact hours within your organisation and consulting with key stakeholders. At the end of the project, the team will present their findings and recommendations to key stakeholders. The team will produce a report and you can choose to implement their recommendations.
This sounds great. What's next?
Contact one of our expert team members to begin the process of scoping your organisation’s project and discuss the next steps to bring your project to life.
What type of projects are acceptable and how do I choose the right project?
Projects should feasibly be completed within a two- or ten-week period depending on the program you undertake. Examples of project topics are:
- How can we gain greater procurement efficiency?
- Analyse perverse tax incentives for sustainable behaviour
- Feasibility assessment: creation of a new maintenance division
- Strategies for becoming an employer of choice
- How to develop an innovation culture in the workplace
- Creating a financial model for headcount, productivity and long-term competitiveness
- Examine implications of social media for enabling customer social investment
- Insight into customers’ use of search and social media
- Reviewing international financial processing
- Assessing the viability of entering a new market with an existing product
- Conducting a feasibility analysis on business expansion
- In-sourcing versus out-sourcing
- Developing plans for attracting specific customer groups
- Development of a financial database management program
- Identification of a geographic growth plan
Who are the students?
High-achieving early career Bachelor of Commerce and specialist Masters students studying in the business fields of Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources, International Business, Management and Marketing.
They have well-developed problem solving, teamwork, IT and communication skills, with many speaking more than one language and all have a high degree of nous.
Who will own the intellectual property?
The intellectual property remains with the host company with permission for the student to use the work as part of their studies and assessment.
I run my own small business; can I take part?
There are opportunities for all sizes of companies to engage with our students. Please contact us and we can discuss further.
What if the consulting team is not performing?
Students are supervised remotely by an Academic staff member. If you feel there is a problem, you can be assured of our support to mediate the issue quickly.
Why is this free and what’s the catch?
There is no catch, you are providing a learning opportunity for students to work on real world challenges for your organisation. Students are receiving credit towards their degree for the completion of your consulting project. Students are not completing day to day work for you (work that would normally be handled by an employee). They are conducting analysis, review and research in order to develop detailed recommendations and solutions, which you as an organisation may wish to operationalise at a later date.
My organisation is from Melbourne but based interstate/outside Australia. How will this work?
We work in several interstate locations. Our students travel to you and take part in consulting projects for an intensive 2-week period.
We work with organisations in several international locations for our Global consulting subjects. Please contact us to learn when our students will next be in your region. Students similar to our local/Australia based program travel and take part in consulting projects for an intensive 2-week period.
Can the project team implement their recommendations?
The project team are there to develop the strategy, conduct relevant analysis, benchmark or make recommendations in relation to your challenge. Many organisations then operationalise the strategy, either using their internal team or by hiring interns.
Can I hire students that completed the consulting project?
Yes. This becomes an employment agreement between you and the student. There is no charge from the University.
My organisation requires all staff, volunteers, consultants and students to complete police checks/working with children checks (WWCC) etc.
This isn't an issue. Please provide us with advanced notice so we can organise for students to complete these. Please let us know should you require these checks as soon as possible. Police checks generally require 2.5 weeks and WWCC generally require 4 weeks' notice.
Partnering with the University of Melbourne has given ShineWing access to China’s elite overseas students studying Business and Economics at Australia’s No. 1 ranked University. Matthew Schofield, Partner, Assurance & Advisory Services, ShineWing Australia
How do I benefit?
- Connect with the next generation of global business leaders
- Promote your brand
- Build your graduate talent recruitment pipeline
- Enhance your team’s productivity and professional development
- Recruit for niche and hard to find skill sets
- Bring new ideas and a fresh perspective to your business
- No recruitment costs
We partner with a range of national and global organisations to facilitate the provision of internships for our leading business students in Accounting, Econometrics, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Human Resources, International Business, Management and Marketing.
Our students have well-developed problem solving, teamwork, ICT and communication skills, with many speaking more than one language. We have continual success and over representation in the graduate recruitment channels of most Victorian Multinationals, Big 4, the Banks and Management Consultancies. This reflects how our high calibre students will bring absolute value into entry level and graduate business roles.
How does it work?
We will consult with you in developing your internship opportunities and can advise on timelines, fit and how best to reach your businesses talent acquisition goals.
Our team have a wealth of global industry experience, combined with deep knowledge on the best methods you can use to actively engage with our students. We will facilitate promotion through the most relevant channels across the University and Faculty, ensuring a comprehensive recruitment campaign and strategy.
This sounds great. What’s next?
Contact one of our expert team members to begin the process of advertising and promoting your business internship opportunities to our students. We will consult with you to ensure that you secure the right talent.
Are we able to visit the university campus and provide more information to students?
We provide a range of other ways to connect with our students through various marketing and social media channels. We can also provide and promote virtual platforms such as webinars, depending on the context. On-campus visits are not always the most effective and efficient way to promote opportunities.
Some other ways you can engage with students and promote your brand include Case Competitions, Speaker Opportunities and Employability Workshops and Career Mentoring.
If you’re unsure what might be right for you, speak to one of our expert team members.
Is it possible to only connect with domestic or international students?
To ensure fair and equitable, engagement opportunities are for all students we do not exclude any student groups from accessing these. We understand that employment opportunities at times will require certain work rights for students to be eligible. We can identify the target audience in communications on opportunities, but we will not exclude students.
Do internships need to be paid? What about insurance?
The 2019 Fair Work Act 2009 requires that students are paid at least the minimum wage for work experience undertaken within organisations, unless the work is undertaken as a vocational placement or is classified as voluntary work.
For a placement to meet the requirements of a 'vocational placement', it must be undertaken as part of a subject or a course. Alternatively, it should be classified as voluntary work. The consequences of an unpaid placement falling outside these exemptions under the Act is that the student is deemed to be an employee and is legally entitled to at least the minimum wage.
The University of Melbourne has Guidelines for Professional Placements which assist in determining the type of professional placements that can be offered or facilitated by the University.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has information on internships, vocational placements and unpaid work.
What internships can be advertised?
- Paid internships that meet the Fair Work Act requirements or the country of employment requirements (see below). These will be reviewed and approved at the discretion of the University and in line with our terms and conditions.
- Unpaid internship opportunities that are a requirement of a student's course or subject.
The University’s insurance program covers enrolled students undertaking University of Melbourne (unpaid) course accredited and approved work experience, placements and internships.
The University must be connected to the proposed activity by either:
- A compulsory course requirement or;
- in accordance with a specific vocational placement agreement or contract.
Cover may also extend to University approved work experience, placement and internship conducted in accordance with a separate Student Placement Agreement or a separate contract between the University of Melbourne’s school or department and the host organisation – as the respective parties. You will need to contact the school or department to arrange a suitable Student Placement Agreement for your proposed placement.
Where your proposed activity does not satisfy either of the above conditions, we recommend speaking to your contact at their proposed host organisation to request that they waive their insurance requirement as you will be undertaking the work experience as a private citizen and not as a University of Melbourne student.
My organisation is not based in Australia. Can you still help?
Yes. As a part of the University’s effort to prepare our students as global citizens, we encourage students to connect and engage with industry both domestically and internationally. We also promote opportunities based overseas.
Do you offer shortlisting or end-to-end recruitment services?
Every day we partner with employers to help them recruit interns from our talent bank of students.
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