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Support the brightest students with industry placements.

As part of our transformative approach to education, we offer a work-integrated learning initiative – cooperative (Co-op) education.

Co-op programs allow high-achieving students the opportunity to enhance their practical skills as they alternate study with industry placements.

By offering talented students professional experience within your workplace, you’ll not only gain fresh perspectives from the brightest young minds, but also foster their comprehensive education and career preparation.

In 2020, Macquarie University will offer the following courses as part of our Co-operative Education program (Co-op):

Bachelor of Actuarial Studies with Professional Practice (Honours)

The Actuarial Studies Co-op has been developed as a scholarship model.

Bachelor of Professional Practice and Bachelor of Professional Accounting

The Accounting Co-op has been developed as an employment model.

Co-op model overview

Scholarship model

Employment model

  • Partners contribute to a scholarship pool which the University administers
  • Partners do not have a direct employment relationship with students on placement
  • Students receive regular and consistent payments from the University throughout their course – there is no additional remuneration from partners during placements
  • Partners  have a direct employment relationship with students on placement
  • Partners pay students directly at market rate while they are on placement with their organisation

Applications for 2020 are now open and will close on 27 September 2019.

Partner benefits

Brand recognition
Boost your organisation's profile and leverage both our reputation and our network.

Future focused
Be part of this innovative program and participate in its co-creation to ensure that it meets the changing needs of industry in an evolving world of work.

Engage with tomorrow's leaders
Benefit from the refreshing points of view of highly talented students.

Partner benefits model

Partner involvement

Industry placements 
Provide work experience – students participate in one three-month and two six-month workplace engagements during their course.

Financial support 
Assist students financially during their four-year course.

Selection process 
Participate in the selection of students into the course.

Co-op disciplines

Actuarial Studies Co-op program

Our first Co-op program commenced in 2018 and is offered from 2020 as a Bachelor of Actuarial Studies with Professional Practice (Honours). Undertaking vocational placements with actuarial employers offers students opportunities to further develop their quantitative and professional skills outside the classroom.

Find out more about this flagship program and learn how you can benefit from engaging with our brightest students.

Accounting Co-op program
Our second Co-op program, commencing in 2019, is offered from 2020 as a Bachelor of Professional Practice and Bachelor of Professional Accounting.

Find out how you can get involved in this exciting new program.

Additional Co-op programs 
We plan to roll-out Co-op in additional disciplines, embedding professional practice subjects in some of our most reputable degrees. Future program selection is currently in progress.

Partner with us

We are seeking industry partners to participate in these future-focused programs. To find out more, please contact:
Judy Hutchison
Associate Director Co-op and Internships
T: +61 2 9850 6485
E: or

The Co-op program’s partners have the unique opportunity to co-create curriculum to prepare the next generation of future-focused professionals  who are ready to respond to industry challenges.  We are very excited about this next chapter of work integrated learning at Macquarie.

Professor Kevin Jameson
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)

Content owner: Co-op and internships Last updated: 04 Feb 2020 4:06pm

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