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The Social Economic Engagement Program (SEEP)

East Timor 2013: MBA students meet with the regions coffee farmers and their community to facilitate a strategic growth model for their products

Effective business leadership increasingly requires the ability to exercise leadership in the wider community. UQ Business School offers MBA students the opportunity to work with community organisations through the Social Economic Engagement Program (SEEP).

Leadership in the community

MBA students can apply their classroom learning while gaining practical experience. It is also an opportunity for students to give something back to the community, and find out about the challenges facing the not-for-profit sector.

A great range of projects

In the past SEEP projects have been varied and have included developing:

  • A feasibility study, business case and pitch document for the new social enterprise RETREDS - Resources Sector Recycling Project
  • A marketing plan in partnership with the Edmund Rice Foundation for Timor Coffee, a critical Coffee Microfinance Program in East Timor
  • Systems to increase YMCA warehouse operational efficiencies in the Y-Care Breakfast Program, a training initiative which assists disadvantaged people across Queensland
  • A sustainable corporate funding an employee engagement model for GIVIT, an online charity that matches people who have goods to donate with charities that need them
  • A business plan for Mummy's Wish, an organisation which aims to minimise the negative impact on families when a mother has cancer

The process

MBA students submit an expression of interest, along with a current resume to work on a particular project.

A group of between 4 to 6 students (mix of full-time and part-time students) will be selected, taking into consideration the skills that each student possesses and how these may benefit the project.

The project group meets with key representatives from the organisation along with either the Director of the SEEP program or the Program Coordinator, and a mentor (UQ Business School academic or industry professional) every 2 or 3 weeks until completion of the project.

Interested in participating in the SEEP program? Contact Neil Paulsen.

Are you an organisation interested in benefiting from the SEEP program? Find out more information here