Industry placement

Enhance your resume, increase your professional networks and graduate with the skills desired by industry through BUSN3002.

Students complete 100 hours of supervised placement relevant to study, which enables them to acquire new knowledge and professional networks to support their career readiness.

The course is designed to give students an edge in the employment market, allowing them to apply the theories learned throughout their studies and build their understanding of contemporary business practices.

On successful completion, students are awarded 10 credit points towards their degree.

Find out more through the Course Handbook

How Industry Placements Work at the Newcastle Business School

Watch an Industry Placement webinar, held on September 29, 2020, and featuring interviews with placement host organisations from Port Stephens. The webinar explains how the industry placement program works, explores why organisations like hosting placements for Newcastle Business School students, and shares some hints and tips for prospective hosts from three industry representatives.

Video: BUSN3002 Student Story

Information for students

The industry placement course BUSN3002 provides an opportunity for students to undertake workplace experience relevant to their study.

Completing this course will help give you the edge in the employment market, allow you to apply the theories learned throughout your studies, and build your understanding of contemporary business practices.

BUSN3002 (Industry placement) is a 10 credit elective subject designed to provide students with real-world experience in a business environment.

Students complete 100 hours of supervised placement that enables them to apply knowledge developed throughout their studies and acquire new knowledge and professional networks to support their career readiness.

In addition to the placement, students are required to attend scheduled classes, complete assessment tasks, and complete weekly time/experience reports to the Course Coordinator.

Please visit the Course Handbook for more detailed course information.

Placement opportunities are available at reputable local and national organisations in a range of discipline areas which include:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Finance and Economics
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Management
  • Marketing
  • Politics
  • Sports Management
  • Tourism

How it works

  1. Students can source their own placement with an organisation (preferred option) OR
  2. Apply through Career Hub for BUSN3002 Industry Placement opportunities that have been sourced by the Faculty of Business and Law - students will submit an application direct to the organisation and go for interview;
  3. The host organisation then reviews the applications and selects students for interview;
  4. Student is advised of offer;
  5. Student confirms acceptance of placement;
  6. Placement commencement details are arranged between host organisation and student.
  7. Once enrollments open, student can enroll in BUSN3002 for your preferred Semester;

We encourage students to seek out their own placement based on their interests, placements are to be developed with – and be contingent on – the approval of the Course Coordinator.

Please note – every effort will be made to assist students with sourcing an appropriate placement. However, placements are not guaranteed, so it is strongly recommend that students select another course as an ‘option B’ and that if a placement has not been confirmed by the second week of semester, BUSN3002 must be dropped from your enrollment.


Enrollments are welcome from all students who have completed at least 120 credit points towards their degree (mandatory).

Further Information

See below the video link to the Semester 2, 2020 Information Session for students, presented by Dr Paul Stolk, Program Convenor for BUSN3002:

Dr Paul Stolk
Director - Work Integrated Learning

For further information, please go to or  email Dr Paul Stolk

Information for hosts

The Newcastle Business School is seeking organisations to host undergraduate students for industry placement.

Why host a student?

It is expected that host organisations will accrue a number of benefits from participating in the program, including:

  • Additional human resource capacity for completion of workplace tasks
  • Opportunity for leadership development of staff as they mentor students
  • The chance for students to provide fresh insights and new perspectives to challenges with your organisation
  • Meeting high achieving students and graduates who could be potential future recruits to your organisation or industry
  • Supporting the development of the next generation of industry professionals.

What discipline can I choose my student from?

Students can do the industry placement course as an elective from:

Bachelor of Commerce, where majors include: Accounting; Finance or Economics.

Bachelor of Business, where majors include: Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Governance, Policy and Political Economy; Human Resource Management; International Business; Leadership and Management; Marketing; Sports Management; Tourism Management.

Expectations of host organisations

As this course is about experience-based learning, it is expected that student placements will occur ‘in the workplace’ of the placement organisation, under the guidance of a placement supervisor.

The placement supervisor will be a professional with practice-based experience and expertise. They will work with the Course Coordinator and the student to design a workplace experience for the student that supports the course learning outcomes.

The host organisation completes a placement agreement outlining the duties and responsibilities that will be assigned to the student during the placement period, and what the organisation expects the student to learn from these.

The host organisation certifies weekly timesheets/experience reports filled out by the student and will complete a student evaluation at the conclusion of the placement.

There is no expectation that the students will be paid for the placement or employed by the organisation following the placement.

Information for organisations hosting an international student

How it works

  1. Host organisation decides to participate and the number and type of placements they are able to offer.
  2. Host organisation confirms the duties and responsibilities that will be assigned to the student during the placement period (applicable for each placement) and completes a job description template.
  3. The job description will be placed on CareerHub for students to submit an application direct to the host.
  4. Host organisation reviews the applications and selects a student or students for interview.
  5. If you would like to host an international student, we can identify students who have the best capabilities to fulfil the role and forward their applications direct to you.
  6. Placement is confirmed and commences.

To express an interest in hosting one (or more) of our students, please complete the online expression of interest form OR email

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