Special Industry Project Course

Special Industry Project

Applications for Semester 1, 2024 will open on 14 October

Students must email the CBE Careers and Employability team directly if they wish to apply after the closing date. Applications received after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

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 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&, who provide 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.


What's happening in Semester 2, 2023?

Content warning: Mention of Royal Commissions into subjects relating to violence, physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

This project contains material that is sensitive. If this content is triggering for you, services such as ANU Student Safety and Wellbeing are available to support you while you participate in this project. Services can be contacted by emailing student.wellbeing@anu.edu.au.

SIP participants will be working on a business case presented by the National Disability Insurance Scheme Quality and Safeguards Commission (NDIS Commission). The NDIS Commission is an independent agency, established to improve the quality and safety of NDIS supports and services. They work with participants, service providers, workers, and the community to introduce a new, nationally consistent approach, so participants can access services and supports that promote choice, control and dignity.

Given the proportion of children and young people (18 years and younger) participating in the NDIS, and the increased risk faced by this cohort of abuse and neglect, as examined by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, the NDIS Commission is developing a strategy to engage children and young people with disability and their supporters to be aware of their rights as participants of the NDIS, and to have their voices heard.

SIP participants will be devising what best practice looks like when engaging with and educating children and young people about their right to access quality and safe services. The best practice should inform the NDIS Commission’s strategy to better engage with children and young people with disability, and empower them to raise concerns and complaints.

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Clients and mentors

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Contact Us

For further information about the CBE Special Industry Project, please contact employability.cbe@anu.edu.au.