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Are you planning ahead?  Want to incorporate a talented University student into one of your upcoming innovation, R&D, or improvement projects?  Keen to link students with your graduate program?  Get organised early ... here's a summary of which students are available, when ... and how to register, in order access them via CEED (before others do!).

CEED students can work on company projects (as part of their degree) located in/around Sydney, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, and some other areas in Queensland.

Project Suitability

Size of project - a scope that can be completed within 13-15 weeks, with a final year undergraduate or Masters level student working 3-4 days/week over that period.

Level of difficulty - projects should be achievable by a 1st year graduate (ie. first year after finishing Uni).

Research vs Practical projects - most projects completed by CEED students are 'practical' or R&D focused rather than highly intellectual/research-focused.  Projects usually arise from a company's need to solve a business problem, develop a new product / software application, research or target their customers in some way, or streamline business / IT / manufacturing processes.

Therefore, companies should aim to offer projects that will provide them with commercial value / ROI, whilst providing the student with a solid 'real world' training opportunity.  Companies must provide a supervisor / mentor for the student.  With these aims in mind, companies and students alike will achieve very good project results.

Students Available via CEED (disciplines from University of Queensland, QUT, University of Southern Queensland, University of Sydney):

The range of students available are:

Engineering - final year and Masters students (QUT, UQ, USQ, U.Sydney):  Agricultural, Civil, Environmental, Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace / Avionics, Mechatronics, Process, Medical, Software, Computer Systems, Telecommunications, Power, Master of Engineering Technology, Master of Engineering Science. 

Information Technology - final year and Masters students (QUT, UQ, U.Sydney):  Master of IT (incl. Information Systems/BPM), final year Bachelor of IT (incl. Software Architecture, Games and Interactive Entertainment, Corporate Systems Management, Information Management, Multimedia / Interaction Design).  University of Sydney students available are all Master of IT.

Business - Masters students (QUT), final year students (USQ-Springfield):  MBA, Marketing, Advertising, Integrated Marketing Communications, Public Relations, Professional Accounting, Human Resource Management

Science - Honours and Masters, some final year students (UQ, USQ):  Biology (UQ), Biotechnology (UQ), Mathematics (USQ), Statistics (USQ), Computing Science (USQ)

Environmental and Sustainable Management - final year and Masters students (UQ):  UQ Environmental Management (3rd year students - available 5 days/week) - trained to conduct energy / water audits, carbon footprint analyses, production/manufacturing waste reduction, vegetation management plans, etc; and UQ SMART (Sustainable Management Alliance in Research and Training) students come from varied backgrounds.  They are trained to conduct projects such as:  Carbon Inventory; Marginal Abatement Cost Curve (MACC);  Evaluation of Carbon Reduction Strategies and Recommendations.  SMART students are available 2-3 days/week over Summer semester, 1st semester, and 2nd semester.

Food Technology / Food Studies - final year and Masters students (UQ):  These students are available full-time (5 days/week) for company-based projects.  The final year B.Food Technology students are only available in 2nd semester each year (20 week project, commencing June).  The M.Food Studies are available over Summer semester, 1st semester, and 2nd semester for CEED projects (project duration: 13 weeks).

Timing options, Deadlines, Cost:

Students are available in line with the University semester timetable.  Choose the timing option (below) that best suits your project ... and register the details with CEED prior to the corresponding deadline, to start the recruitment process.

Student availability /
project timing:
Advertising/Recruitment Deadlines - Register Your Project/s with CEED by: Project Fee, Payable by Company, per project
(+GST) *
Any time: if you already employ a student part-time and would like to sponsor them for their final year thesis / project via CEED, with all the CEED support and benefits for clients and students, there are two options available Deadlines apply as below, for relevant semester Email Deidre for options - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Summer vacation + Semester 1:
duration late-November / December to end-June (~26 weeks) – final year undergraduate students only. Full-time over summer, then 3 days/week
CLOSED $13,250**
Semester 1: duration: late-February to end-June (~15 weeks @3 days/week) OPEN.
Closes Friday 31 January (COB)
Semester 2: late July to November (~15 weeks @3 days/week) CLOSED $10,250
Depending on their course, students work 3-4 days/week on-site with their host company throughout the project (MBA students are available 2-3 days/week, UQ Food Tech / Studies and Environ. Management students are available 5 days/week).
For projects commencing over summer vacation, students can normally work 5 days / week during the vacation period.
Once you register your project/s, CEED will commence and co-ordinate the advertising and recruitment process for you (so you can select a suitable student) One student per project.

Project fee is payable by company/client - invoiced only after a suitable student has been selected (by your company


*   Project fee payable by company includes student scholarship (paid instead of a salary), Insurances, co-supervision, CEED recruitment, management & training fee.
**  Extra $3,000 is added to the student scholarship, to compensate students for working over a longer period

How To Register / Source a CEED Student for Your Company Project:

Choose from 2 easy ways:

  1. Click here – and complete the company/project registration form
  2. Email 1-2 page project outline/s to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (template is available upon request)

Summary of CEED Recruitment Process:

Once a client registers their project/s with CEED (online or via email), we confirm the details and timing of project/s before advertising details to the appropriate students at QUT, UQ, USQ, U.Sydney.

Projects are advertised to students via the CEED website and our network of academic contacts (note: please omit confidential project/company details from project outline/s, for advertising purposes).  You can choose to discuss confidential/other details of the project with students, at the interview stage.

An application, interview and selection process will follow (co-ordinated by CEED) - to assist clients to choose the most suitable student/s for their project/s.

Once a suitable student is selected by the client, CEED confirms a convenient start date. Project contracts are put in place (client and student), and the project fee is invoiced (1st instalment). Before the student commences work on the project, CEED provides the student with an induction session which includes training in project planning and management.

CEED then monitors the progress of all student projects, from start to finish. CEED is available to clients and students throughout the project for guidance and troubleshooting, whenever required.

CEED’s aim is for both the student and client to gain a very good project outcome.  This means that the client receives a good and tangible project result, and the student receives good industry-based training/mentoring, experience in managing and delivering a ‘real world’ project, and a higher than average academic grade for their project.