sheCommerce

Inspiring the next generation of young business leaders

About the program

sheCommerce is an immersive and academic enrichment program delivered by the University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Business and Economics. sheCommerce is for Year 9-12 high school students who identify as women or non-binary and are passionate about leadership and pursuing a career where they can impact change. The program allows students to meet like-minded peers, current Bachelor of Commerce students, alumni and inspiring academics who are making a difference in industry and through their research.

Cis-women, trans women and non-binary students are encouraged to apply. Students will enter the program in Year 9 and be offered activities and enrichment opportunities for the remainder of their schooling years.

Later in 2022, Year 11 students will have the opportunity to join the program at an immersive camp held in early December, with further events planned for both cohorts and two new intakes over 2023.

A bit about you:

  • You see the opportunity for using business and leadership skills to shape and influence
  • Want to be part of the next generation of responsible decision makers and leaders
  • See the unlimited potential for businesses to create positive ethical and sustainable impact

sheCommerce Year 9 Camp

Dates: Wednesday 6 July to Friday 8 July 2022
Applications close: Monday 13 June 2022

We are looking for 40 Year 9 students to be selected to participate in our July camp. If successful, you’ll have the opportunity to remain in the program through to Year 12.

Activities delivered as part of the camp include:

  • Opportunities to meet like-minded peers with an interest in leadership, commerce and an aspiration for tertiary study.
  • Mentoring opportunities to meet current students in the Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne, hear about their experiences and aspirations.
  • Workshops, lectures and seminars delivered by world-class academics at the Faculty of Business and Economics, as well as business leaders from industry.
  • Practical, hands-on experiences and exposure to real business problems.
  • Opportunities to learn about careers in business.

The program is free of charge and includes accommodation, all meals and workshops. The camp will foster a safe and inclusive space for participants.

Accommodation will be provided at a residential college on campus.

Please note: Dietary and accessibility requirements will be catered for and students will need to provide this information as part of the application process.

Camp application process

All applications must be submitted online via the link below. As part of the form, you will be asked to provide short (100 words or less) answers to the following:

  • Tell us about you. You may include information about your family, goals, role models, significant achievements or memorable times.
  • Tell us about extracurricular activities and/or times when you have shown leadership in the last few years, at school, home or in the community.
  • Please outline your interests in commerce, business, leadership or management.
  • Why the University of Melbourne's sheCommerce program appeals to you and what benefits you believe you will receive by participating.
  • Step 1: Check Eligibility Requirements

    The 2022 program is currently open to students in Year 9. To be considered for this program, you must:

    • Be a student in Year 9 at a Victorian-based high school in 2022.
    • Identify as a woman (cis or trans gender woman) or as non-binary.
    • Have well-developed communication and relationship building skills which will enable you to act as an ambassador for the program at your school.
    • Have demonstrated leadership potential and experience working as part of a team.
    • Apply by the application deadline.
  • Step 2: Supply a Letter of Recommendation

    You will need to upload a short Letter of Recommendation from a school principal, year level coordinator or other relevant adult who can provide support for your application.

    Please ensure the letter is on letterhead and addresses the following criteria:

    • Relationship with applicant (e.g. teacher, Principal etc.)
    • Basis for recommendation
    • Example/s of times when applicant has demonstrated leadership and/or community engagement
    • How the applicant will benefit from participating in sheCommerce
  • Step 3: Apply Online by the Deadline

    The application deadline is 11.59pm Monday 13 June 2022.

    The online application form needs to be completed in one sitting. Please set aside 30 minutes to complete the application form and have a PDF copy of your Letter of Recommendation ready to attach.

  • Step 4: Applicants are Shortlisted

    Applications will be reviewed and shortlisted. Short phone interviews may be conducted during this stage. Applications will be assessed according to a range of factors, including community involvement, academic merit, leadership experience and extracurricular activities, as well based on the Letter of Recommendation provided.

  • Step 5: Outcomes are Issued

    Successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified by email in June 2022.

Apply now

Please contact bele-ambassadors@unimelb.edu.au if you have any enquiries about this program.

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