Special Industry Project Course

Special Industry Project

Applications for Semester 2, 2023 open Friday, 24 March and close Sunday, 9 July 2023

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Students must email the CBE Careers & Employability team directly if they wish to apply after the closing date. Applications received after this date will be dealt with 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&, 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.


What's happening in Semester 1 2023?

This semesters Special Industry Project sees us working alongside the National Museum of Australia (NMA) to redesign energy use, environmental goals and practical operation needs.

Student teams are working alongside clients and Strategy& mentors to develop a feasibility plan, risk model and financing strategy to assist the NMA’s move into a greener future. Temperature humidity and light control are paramount for some of the invaluable exhibits homed on the Acton Peninsula gallery. With the ACT Governments commitment to gas free energy by 2045, now is the time to plan and implement new, energy efficient alternative to prolong the historical, cultural and artistic value of the NMA’s collection.


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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.