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The Special Industry Project (SIP), a work-integrated learning course at the ANU College of Business and Economics (CBE), has contributed to solving business cases presented by organisations across Australia. Mimicking the real-world consulting environment, students enrolled in SIP take on a consulting role, working in teams to devise the best solution to a business case.
Every semester, undergraduate students across The Australian National University (ANU) have the unique opportunity to participate in SIP. They would work closely with two industry partners – a business client, who provides the business case, and a team of mentors, who coach the participants. The mentors for the course have been from Strategy&, the unit of PricewaterhouseCoopers that provides strategic advice to businesses.
No previous knowledge about consulting is required for students to enrol in this course. All that is needed is enthusiasm, curiosity about management consulting, a creative mindset and desire for cross-disciplinary learning.
SIP offers participating students a vast range of advantages:
- A credited (6-unit course), practical semester-long industry project.
- The opportunity to work closely with students from a diverse range of disciplines in an innovative and multidisciplinary environment.
- Mentorship from Strategy& management consultants – many of whom are CBE and ANU alumni.
- Industry-based training with academic and industry guest speakers specialising in the areas of management consulting, business administration, strategy, tourism, entrepreneurship and interdisciplinary collaborations.
- Networking and presentation opportunities.
SIP incorporates weekly lectures that cover strategies, skills and information that will help students develop business solutions. Participating students work in teams, with regular guidance from their mentors, to devise the best solution to a business case. A panel of executives from the client organisation selects a ‘winning’ team.