- 18 years of age or above
- Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
- 3.0 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
The Social Enterprise Challenge in the Indo-Pacific (SECIP) Program is a seven-week virtual program hosted by Monash University in Melbourne, Australia during the Penn State summer term. Penn State students will enroll and participate in this four-credit program/course virtually using platforms such as Moodle and Zoom. The SECIP program is an experiential initiative that gives students hands-on experience in establishing a social enterprise or solution that can have an immediate social impact. Delivered by Monash University in collaboration with partner universities around the Indo-Pacific, students are placed into cross-cultural, interdisciplinary teams to undertake an intensive model incubator program. Based on the principles of design-thinking, frugal innovation, and rapid prototyping, the program focuses on creating tangible solutions to pressing local, regional, and global challenges in sustainable ways.
Delivered entirely online, the SECIP program prepares students for a rapidly changing contemporary workplace. Through the program, students develop the skills to effectively operate and engage in virtual teams made up of colleagues and partners based around our region. Over the course of the program, students attend in-depth panel discussions to learn from leaders in the business, government, and non-government sector, participate in the hands-on skills bazaars and work with leading industry mentors from around the world to better understand contemporary challenges, develop and test their ideas and assumptions, and then make, break and re-create solutions.
This is a four (4) credit program for Penn State students.
Summer: Late June to mid-August
Students can refer to the Monash University non-standard dates website for intensive courses to search for specific programs dates when they are available.
In joining this unit, students will be required to complete a series of Moodle lessons prior to the intensive program. Students have two weeks to complete the lessons, all of which provide an introduction to the key topics and frameworks that will be used throughout the program.
Then, over two weeks students are required to participate in daily seminars, workshops, skill development sessions, mentor and teamwork sessions to develop their social enterprise or innovation idea. Please note these two weeks will be taught in Melbourne local time. Penn State students are required to join the synchronous lessons, which may be offered very late at night or very early in the morning for those joining from the East Coast, USA.
Students then have two weeks to complete the team and individual assessment tasks.