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.

We take applications during the first week of sessions one and two, and encourage students from all disciplines to apply.

Applications for our Session 1, 2021 project cycle (March-June) are now closed!

To be contacted when our Session 2, 2021 applications open, please fill out our Expression of Interest form.

Regular updates are posted on our Facebook or Instagram page. 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 training from our partner for-profit consulting firm. 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


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Sample of Consulting Projects

  • Ryde Macquarie Park Chamber of Commerce

    Area: Marketing Strategy
    Year: 2018

    The RMPCC is the local chamber of commerce designed to support its business members through the provision of services that connect and educate. 180 Degrees Consulting was tasked with determining a plan to increase RMPCC's membership base.

    "Will work with you on any project, at any time you want to work with me! You all amaze with me with your professionalism and commitment to excellence."
  • Humpty Dumpty Foundation

    Area: Marketing Strategy
    Year: 2018

    Humpty Dumpty Foundation provides medical equipment for sick children across Australia. 180 Degrees Consulting was tasked with developing a strategy to increase registration for Humpty Dumpty Foundations popular event, the Balmoral Burn.

    "A very professional and polite group of young people. It was a pleasure to meet with them and hear their ideas."
  • The Butterfly Foundation

    Area: Competitive Analysis
    Year: 2017

    The Butterfly Foundation provides school students with information about eating disorders and negative body image. 180 Degrees Consulting Macquarie was tasked with analysing competitors and providing recommendations to grow the education arm of the organisation.

    "Having an external agency complete this report for us, when we are time and resource poor has been invaluable beyond belief. Learning about our direct and indirect competitors as a result of the consulting project and how we are currently placed against them has given us the confidence to really move forward."
  • Wake Up Foundation

    Area: Marketing Strategy
    Year: 2017

    Wake Up is a Sydney-based foundation that runs school programs encouraging young people to re-evaluate their attitudes to cultural norms surrounding drugs, alcohol and violence. 180 Degrees Consulting was tasked with creating a strategic marketing plan to ensure Wake Up can continue to make a difference in the lives of young adults in the long term.

    "We were very impressed with the hard working group of young people. They were motivated and driven with the entire project and we felt they really connected with and understood our brand."
  • The Brain Foundation

    Area: Social Media Strategy
    Year: 2017

    The Brain Foundation asked 180 Degrees Macquarie to investigate 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.”
  • Day of Difference

    Area: Marketing Strategy
    Year: 2016

    180 Degrees Consulting was tasked with creating a comprehensive marketing strategy which was to increase the sales of the Tara Bear. This strategy was a short term plan to be fully launched within a few months.

    "Good bunch of people, and it was really interesting to watch their analyses and experiences of non-profit organisations."



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