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CBE Internship Program

ANU College of Business and Economics is proud of our reputation for excellence in the CBE Internship Program and the academic programs that support it. In 2016, the Program won the Silver Award (Oceania Region) at the Reimagine Education/QS Stars Awards, supported by QS and The Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. The Program also won the 2016 CBE Award for Excellence in Educational Innovation.

Semester 2, 2020

Until further notice.


Due to recent events, many of our industry partners have not yet announced any decisions and plans on the future of their internship projects. As a result, we have decided to postpone the application period for CBE Internship Program (Semester 2 2020) until further notice. Given this, we see that this is an ongoing, evolving issue which will require an ongoing, evolving response from us. We wanted to reassure that we will communicate these evolutions to you as they occur.

About the CBE Internship Program

The CBE Internship Program gives students the opportunity to undertake an internship in either Semester 1 or Semester 2 as a six-unit or twelve-unit course.

Each internship is project-based with deliverables set in agreement between the intern, workplace supervisor, and academic supervisor. Interns will commit 120 hours (for six-unit) or 240 hours (for twelve-unit) to their projects (approximately 12 or 24 hours per week over 10 weeks). In most cases, interns will work from the host organisation's offices gaining valuable exposure to the professional work environment.

The Program also includes five (5) practical workshops throughout the semester to assist in further developing skills within the workplace.

Each intern will be supervised by a workplace supervisor and an academic supervisor, and be supported by the CBE Careers and Student Employability team (Course Convenor, Tutor, Career Consultants, and Program Coordinator).

Learning Outcomes

The Program aims to provide a select group of students with the opportunity to:

  1. Identify the theoretical knowledge and skills from relevant area(s) of academic study as applicable to the problem identified in the 'real work' environment;
  2. Acquire evidence and information from complex sources as relevant to the problem in the 'real work' environment;
  3. Determine the appropriate information and evidence relevant to addressing the business problem;
  4. Engage critically with the information and evidence to generate best solutions to the problem and of value in the decision-making by the employer/placement/community;
  5. Engage effectively and professionally with multiple stakeholders within and outside the work/professional environment;
  6. Critically reflect upon the value of lifelong learning processes provided through the internship experience; and
  7. Communicate the knowledge, competencies and experience acquired through the internship to peers, academic, specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Coursework Assessment

Internships undertaken through the Program are taken as a six-unit or twelve-unit course credit. Each successful applicant will be provided with a permission code to enrol in the CBE Internship Program CBEA3070 (undergraduate) or CBEA6070 (postgraduate), which will be counted toward the intern's CBE Degree.

As the Internship is undertaken as an academic course, in addition to working on a project for the host organisation, interns must complete the following assessment items (evaluated by the course convenor and academic supervisor):

  • Project proposal;
  • Two reflections based on workshop topics;
  • Final report; and
  • Final Presentation (postgraduates only).

The workplace supervisor (Host) will evaluate your performance based on criteria sent by CBE and account for 35% (undergraduate) and 30% (postgraduate) of your final grade.


The Program is available on a competitive basis, and applicants must meet the eligibility requirements below:

  • have enrolled in a Single or Flexible Double Degree in CBE both before and during the semester for which the Program will be taken;
  • have space in their CBE Degree to enrol in the Program (at least 6 units);
  • have completed a minimum of:
    • 48 units for postgraduate students across their degree by the time they would commence the Program; or
    • 72 units for undergraduate students across their degree by the time they would commence the Program;
  • have a GPA of 5.00 or above (out of 7.00) at ANU;
  • have not failed a CBE course in the semester/session prior to applying;

Undergraduate students transferring their studies to the ANU from another institution must have completed a minimum of 48 units at the ANU.

Honours students are NOT eligible to apply due to College policies.

How does the application process work?

Application Overview Website

Application Rounds

Until further notice.

Further Information

Students are encouraged to view the how to apply document (which includes workshop, information session, and internship application key dates) for more information.

Interested in hosting an intern?

The internship program at CBE is a great initiative for industry partners to gain access to a pool of high-achieving and talented ANU students in their senior academic years for short-term projects.

More details are provided for industry partners on the partner with us page or you can contact the CBE Internship Program team directly.

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Contact Us

For further information about internships or to register potential internship projects, please contact:

Mr Jakob Voo
Student Employability Coordinator (Industry Programs)
Phone: +61 2 6125 9343
Email: internship.cbe@anu.edu.au

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