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The Community Engagement Program (CEP) provides students with the opportunity to work on real life projects within the community sector, engaging in an active learning environment with direct benefit to not-for-profit and charity organisations.


Beyond the classroom

The program is co-curricular (not for credit) and challenges students to develop their business planning and strategy skills, leadership capability and networking skills whilst giving something back to the community. 

To enhance the performance of the students, the program includes compulsory business consulting workshops with experienced specialists on topics such as Team Building, Communicating with Clients, Scoping a Project Brief and Presenting with Impact.

A great range of projects to work on

Recent projects have included:

  • The creation of a social media strategy for Talk Like a Pirate Day, a fundraising initiative that's owned and run by Childhood Cancer Support
  • The study of legal implications of the Regional Planning Interests Act 2014 for Queensland Farmers Federation
  • The design of human resources policies and procedures, and cost benefit model for Joining Hands Australia, not-for-profit social enterprise supporting vulnerable young people to access natural health services and wellbeing programs
  • The development of a successful financial plan for Love Your Work Wellness, who provide massage services to for profit  businesses that "pay it forward" to subsidise the service for non-profit employees

Projects are offered to students twice a year at the beginning of each semester.

Interested in participating in the Community Engagement Program?

Information for Organisations

Information for Students

Information for Project Advisors

Contact the BEL CEP Coordinator on careers@bel.uq.edu.au and find out more information

Community engagement