The Macquarie University branch of 180 Degrees Consulting provides students with the opportunity to work on consulting projects for non-profit organisations. Our mission is to strengthen the social impact of these organisations through innovative, practical, and sustainable solutions.

Working in teams, our consultants spend the semester analysing and preparing quality recommendations that address specific challenges faced by the client organisation. Our teams receive training in consulting methodology and guidance throughout the semester.

Our two annual project cycles coincide with the university’s sessions/semesters (Feb – June & July – October).

We take applications prior to, and during the first week of Sessions One and Two, and encourage current Macquarie students from all disciplines to apply.

Applications for our Session 2, 2021 project cycle (August – October) are now closed.

Applications for our S1, 2022 project cycle will open in February 2022. To be contacted when our applications open, please fill out our expression of interest form.

Regular updates are posted on our Facebook or Instagram pages. If you have any enquiries, please send us a message on social media or via email [email protected].


Frequently Asked Questions

What types of projects do you undertake?

Each semester we undertake a variety of new projects in different subject areas – we have worked in fields including marketing, HR, business strategy and finance.

Do I have to be doing a business degree to apply?

Certainly not. While some projects have more of a focus on business management, many projects do not.

Many non-profit organisations benefit from simply having people come in with fresh eyes to offer creative solutions to problems they are facing. We encourage students from all courses and years to apply.

I don’t have any previous work or consulting experience, should I still apply?

Yes. We believe experience is not a prerequisite to making good recommendations. Furthermore, when we form consulting teams we try to match more experienced consultants with students who have less (or no) experience. The professional training that is provided to all consultants also helps improve your consulting ability.

What training does 180 Degrees Consulting provide?

All 180 Degrees Consultants will receive extensive internal training, as well as mentorship from our partner for-profit consulting firms. There will also be training sessions targeted at the needs of specific project teams, as well as professional mentoring for team leaders.

What time commitment is required?

A consultant would be expected to commit approximately 4-8 hours of work per week. In this time, consultants are normally required to:

  • Attend a two-hour team meeting most weeks
  • Attend compulsory training days
  • Meet with the non-profit organisation throughout the semester
  • Assist with the development of final deliverables
  • Present to the client

Address:

Macquarie University, University Avenue, Macquarie Park, New South Wales, Australia

Macquarie University

Australia

Sample of Consulting Projects

  • Colombo Social

    Area: Social Return on Investment (SROI)
    Year: 2021

    Colombo Social is a Sri Lankan restaurant that provides meals to disadvantaged individuals through their initiative, Plate It Forward. Through this initiative, they also train asylum seekers to become chefs at the restaurant, and they have an NDIS meal service through a community kitchen. 180DC was tasked with measuring and communicating Colombo Social’s Social Return on Investment (SROI).

    “The team listened to our issues, identified our gaps and implemented strategies to help fill them with practical and easy solutions. They were creative, easily implementable and impactful.”
  • Lebanon For You

    Area: Volunteer Acquisition & Retention
    Year: 2020

    Lebanon For You is the first and only Lebanese initiative that provides free online mental and physical health consultations by licensed professionals. 180DC was tasked with volunteer acquisition and retention for Lebanon For You.

    “The overall experience was incredible and beyond my expectations. Couldn't have
    asked for better consultants for this project.”
  • The Northern Centre

    Area: Financial Sustainability
    Year: 2020

    The Northern Centre is an Australian charity that fosters the growth of resilient and thriving communities and individuals. They work collaboratively with families and individuals of all ages to support and help build healthy lives. 180DC was tasked with increasing their financial sustainability through donations, marketing and fundraising.

    “The solution is simple, cost effective, relevant and adds immense value to our org in terms of both brand growth and awareness and potential revenue.”
  • Gawura

    Area: Strategic Partnerships
    Year: 2019

    Gawura is a Kindergarten to Year 6 school for First Nations children. Gawura offers students a supportive, nurturing space where they feel secure, are surrounded by culture and language, and can learn at their own skill level. 180DC was tasked with ensuring Gawura’s longevity through identifying beneficial corporate partnerships.

    “They were always very well prepared, which was the first thing that struck me and they were full of enthusiasm which was so appreciated. They were interested, engaged and keen to learn...gaining a different perspective was so valuable.”
  • Gong Wanhurr Indigenous Corporation

    Area: Recruitment Strategy
    Year: 2019

    A community-driven initiative that aims to help Yolngu communities in North-East Arnhem Land through the delivery of sustainable performing arts and mixed-media programs. 180DC was tasked with assisting GWIC to develop a hiring strategy and implementation process.

    “I feel the 180DC report offers us a great blueprint of where to move and how to get there. The benefit of the 180DC strategic review is that we are now far more effective in how to respond to new opportunities as they arise. So once again, thank you all for your great work and support. It is very much appreciated!”
  • The Brain Foundation

    Area: Marketing Strategy
    Year: 2017

    Brain Foundation is the largest non-government funder of neurological and neuroscientific research in Australia. They also provide information about disorders to help family and friends understand the prognosis facing those affected. 180DC was tasked with investigating how social media could be used to expand new and existing fundraising streams to help fund on-going research into brain diseases.

    “The 180 Degrees Consulting team devised an outstanding social media strategy that has contributed immensely towards our online presence. We are already realising the benefits of their work, and without their involvement we wouldn’t be in the position we are today.”

Partners

Accenture

The Boston Consulting Group

Nous Group