Practera Nano: Industry Projects are closed for Winter 2021.

Practera is an education technology and services company, connecting the world of work and learning through technology. Our mission is to create inspiring experiences that build employability skills, careers and opportunities for learners. We have offices and staff across six countries and a global technology-led vision.

 Our programs:

  • Apply your knowledge to a real-world problem, connecting with an authentic industry client
  • Develop new peer and professional connections
  • Deliver real business outcomes for your client and build career-relevant insights.

Employers are continually seeking graduates with more work-ready skills. Practera works to meet this demand by delivering excellent experiential programs that build vital skills such as creativity, critical thinking, innovation, complex problem solving and many others.

What can I participate in?

UQ in conjunction with Practera, are offering students the opportunity to work on a 2-week real-world business experience, via virtual collaboration with your student team, and client. This program is open to UQ students from all faculties and levels of study, however, eligibility criteria will apply. There are four nano programs available for students to participate in, only one program can be completed within a round. Please find further details on the programs below. 

Program 1: Launch U Trade Accelerator (LTA)

This program is part of the Launch U Trade Accelerator Program (LTA) supported by Study Queensland and connects student teams to undertake international market research/analysis projects for real Australian Exporters through a project learning app. Through LTA students will act as ‘consultants’ to conduct a market research analysis for an Australian Exporter. Students will be required to commit to 25 hours in total over the 2-week experience. Student teams can meet in person or collaborate completely online to complete the project.

Program 2: Shared Value

Shared Value is an experiential learning project that develops key 21st-century capabilities as students conduct research and provide recommendations in response to a client brief. Students will research, identify and present practical initiatives aligned to a UN Sustainability Goal to increase the positive social, environmental and economic impact the client has in the world.

All organisations, large and small, Government, private and not-for profits, have a role to play in creating a more sustainable economy and a more just society. However, this responsibility does not need to be separate to business opportunities; shared value initiatives should simultaneously increase competitive advantage and be in the pursuit of core business strategy & profits. Students will be required to commit 25 hours in total over the 2-week experience. Student teams can meet in person or collaborate completely online to complete the project.

Program 3: Business Opportunity Accelerator (BOA)

The BOA program is a two-week virtual work-integrated learning program aimed at supporting a real Australian organisation to adapt their business and so emerge strongly from COVID-19. Students will scan market changes for a client due to COVID-1, identify current and potential problems the industry/organisation and its customers may face, analyse opportunities to innovate the clients’ business models amid/post-COVID-19 and recommend a range of potential adaptations in order for the business to emerge strongly from this global crisis.

Program 4: Dealbook

The Dealbook program is a two-week virtual work-integrated learning program where students work in teams to support a real Australian startup, SME or NGO to find Australian funding sources. Student teams deliver a comprehensive, data-driven Excel Spreadsheet that provides a “hit list” of funding sources for the client to consider. Teams then analyse the "market sentiment" for the chosen category of funding as well as shortlists and provide a "deep dive" for 3-5 VCs/Grants/Loans to pursue.

What are the aims, and what do they involve?

As a student consultant in these programs, you will:

  • Work in a team with other students
  • Respond to an export brief provided by an Australian organisation
  • Work with your allocated team to conduct a 2-week market research/market analysis project
  • Develop real-world professional skills

The program aims to help improve your ability to:

  • Work well in a diverse team
  • Collaborate across disciplines
  • Manage a project
  • Deliver a market research project

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the UQ Domestic and Virtual Internship Eligibility Criteria and any other criteria as outlined by the host organisation.

Places in each Practera Nano program are limited and will be considered on the following basis: 

  1. Academic Progression
  2. Cumulative GPA
  3. Responses to Application Questions
  4. Past participation in a Practera Nano program
  5. Participation in another IGET experience

HDR Students may be able to participate in Practera Nano programs but should note that your participation: 

  • is extracurricular and outside of your PhD (implications to annual leave) 
  • will no be considered a HDR placement eligible for the Career Development Scholarship Extension 


Application for Practera Nano: Industry Projects are closed for Winter 2021.


Costs & Inclusions

There are no fees or associated costs that students are required to pay toward completing a Practera Nano program.

When successfully completed students will receive:

  • direct feedback from their client on their project outcome,
  • a certificate on completion, and
  • a completion badge to display on their LinkedIn profile.


Students completing this program are not eligible to be considered for a grant.

What did past student think were the benefits?

Below are testimonials from students who participate in the February 2020 and July 2020 cohorts.

"Before enrolling for this program, I would find it hard to put my ideas in front of a bunch of people. This program was short and quick which served as an icebreaker for our team. We wanted to get things done on time and on point which made all of us bounce ideas off of each other as quickly as possible. We experienced how it was to be part of a team serving a real world client. Their feedback was crucial and very helpful. Most of all we understood that the technical skills aren't the only important ones, but soft global skills also play a crucial role in successful completion of a practical project.” Shared Value Program, Jul 2020 | UQ Masters of Science Student

"Before this program, I felt quite insecure about communicating with industry professionals and collaborating with other team members who I had never met before. By stepping outside of my comfort zone, I feel that this experience has definitely boosted my self-confidence, and has allowed me to believe that I am capable of achieving and completing anything I wish to, as long as I have the right mindset.” – LTA Program, Jul 2020 | UQ Bachelor of International Hotel and Tourism Management  Student

"It is an excellent platform to experience working with real clients, especially when you have never been employed before. The program helped me a lot through the whole experience by providing a step-by-step guide that was easy to follow. I highly recommend this program as it will be a huge help in gaining and developing your skills for the future.” – LTA Program, Jul 2020 | UQ Bachelor of Business Management Student

“The Global Trade Accelerator Program [now Launch U Accelerator Program] was a great learning and working experience for me. I joined this program with little to no professional experience in business research however, with the support of this program I have greatly developed my skills in this short time frame. By articulating my knowledge and communications skills as an engineering student, I was able to contribute to the team from a different perspective and collaboratively work with so many potential future leaders from various backgrounds; including Social Sciences, Environmental Management, Business and Humanitarians. This is definitely a great start to my 2020. Looking forward to own more unknowns.” – GTA Program, Feb 2020 | UQ Bachelor of Engineering/Computer Science Student

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 06 June 2021*

Program Dates

Compulsory Orientation: 05 July 2021
Start: 12 July 2021
End: 25 July 2021


Fast Facts

Type: Work Experience
Mode: Industry Projects
Location: Virtual
Credit: Not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate and postgraduate

Internship Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.

Information Sessions

Practera Nano Industry Projects | April 2021 | Session recording