In 2021, the ACICIS Business Professional Practicum (BPP) will be offered virtually, with the support of the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.
Launched in 2015, this program is suitable for undergraduate students, postgraduate coursework students, and early career professionals.
Modelled on ACICIS’ highly-successful Journalism and Development Studies Professional Practica, this program was developed with support from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s New Colombo Plan. The BPP is a six-week program that consists of intensive Indonesian language study at Atma Jaya University, industry-led English language seminars, and a supervised industry placement with a local or international firm operating in Indonesia. The program runs from early January to mid-February each year.
The BPP provides an opportunity for students of business, management and marketing, or early career business professionals, to gain valuable experience working in the field of business and commerce in Indonesia. Host Organisations are drawn from a wide range of Jakarta’s business and industry sectors including: banking and finance, infrastructure and mining, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), creative industries, the Indonesian Stock Exchange, Indonesian Ministries of Finance and Trade, as well as chambers of commerce.
As an assessed program, the BPP is designed to meet requirements for work-integrated learning modules and other practicum-based course components.
The BPP is designed for students who have no existing Indonesian language skills. Candidates with existing language skills are also welcome. All industry placements provide an English-language working environment.
This experience provided me with opportunities and skills I could never learn in a classroom environment ACICIS Past Participant
The aims of the BPP are to:
- Provide students with a practical learning experience with a Host Organisation in an Indonesian business workplace environment; and
- To enhance bilateral understanding through the creation of new partnerships between Australian and Indonesian counterparts, and to serve as a medium for the exchange of ideas in the field of business and commerce.
The structure of the six-week program is as follows:
- 40 hours of intensive Indonesian language classes at Atma Jaya Catholic University, designed to give participants basic Indonesian language capacity;
- 30 hours of seminars, tutorials and virtual fieldtrips led by experts and practitioners from Indonesian and international businesses and commercial organisations operating within Indonesia; and
- A 160 hour supervised practicum placement designed to give participants an English-speaking professional experience within an Indonesian or international firm operating within Indonesia.
An Academic Program Officer (APO) is assigned for the duration of the BPP to oversee all aspects of the program, including the supervision of its academic content. The APO also acts as the primary source of guidance and advice for students. The APO is available for student consultations on a regular schedule or by appointment. Since its’ inception in 2015, the position of the Academic Program Officer has been held by Fendi Liem (2015-2017), Lydia Napitupulu (2018-2019) and Oka Simanjuntak (2020). To see who the current Academic Program Officer is, see their profile on the ACICIS Staff Members page.
Participating students are also allocated a workplace mentor at their practicum host organisation who will supervise a student’s work within the organisation for the duration of the student’s practicum placement. Participants must endeavour to regularly meet with their workplacement mentor (as a guide, approximately three times a week) throughout the placement. Over the course of the program, the APO should be invited to attend at least two meetings between the student and their host organisation mentor.
All ACICIS programs operate under the direction of the ACICIS Resident Director, Dr Adrian Budiman, assisted by administrative staff in both Australia and Indonesia, assisted by administrative staff in both Australia and Indonesia. ACICIS’ administrative staff will check in with participants throughout the program and are available during business hours to assist with any concerns.
Virtual Internship Notes
- Applicants should be aware that they are applying for the program, not a specific placement. Participants must therefore accept that they may not be placed in their desired choice. In addition, all ACICIS placements with business organisations depend entirely on the goodwill and preparedness of such organisations to host participants. Such organisations retain the right to withdraw from the program or vary the number of participants they host at any stage. Therefore, while acting in good faith in preparing participants for placements, ACICIS cannot guarantee any specific internship site and participants must accept this need for flexibility as a condition of participation in the Business Professional Practicum.
- Program participants are required to have access to a personal laptop or computer, and a reliable internet connection throughout the duration of the program.
- Participants are encouraged to have a work-space set up with their homes, so that they are able to attend all components of the program without distraction. A comfortable space with suitable lighting is recommended.
- Participants will be conducting meetings via Zoom and other online learning platforms and are required to dress and groom themselves as they ordinarily would for university or an in-person professional placement. More information on expected dress codes will be provided in pre-program correspondence.
- Orientation is compulsory for all BPP participants. If you cannot attend orientation then you will, unfortunately, not be able to participate in the program.