Get more out of your university experience

This two-year program gives selected GBS students from the Nathan, Logan and Gold Coast campuses the opportunity to participate in a variety of leadership development and mentoring activities; participate in University and alumni events; and represent the School at major events. You'll gain real-world professional experience and improve your confidence.

The Griffith Business School Student Leadership Program offers:

  • exclusive leadership development activities including a fun and challenging two-day Leadership Development Camp*
  • peer mentoring and volunteering experience
  • participation in School and University recruitment and promotion
  • invitations to high-profile University events
  • possible international travel*
  • formal recognition of your contributions

*Some events that have been run in the past may be changed due to University policies and COVID restrictions.

Applications for the 2022–2023 program are now open

Application process

Who can apply?

This exclusive opportunity is only available to 60 students each year. To be eligible for our next GBSSLP intake, you must:

  1. Be enrolled in a Bachelors degree offered by (or partially offered by) Griffith Business School.*
  2. Have successfully completed at least two GBS courses (20CP) at the end of the trimester in which you are applying.**
  3. Intend to continue studying a GBS degree for at least another 24 months from the start of Trimester 1, 2022. Your final trimester in the Leadership program will be Trimester 2, 2023
  4. Have and maintain a minimum Grade Point Average of 4.25.
  5. Demonstrate excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  6. Possess excellent time management and organisational skills.
  7. Be prepared to volunteer time towards the Program’s required activities (includes 30 hours towards University Service plus 30 hours towards Community Engagement).
  8. Apply by the deadline advertised.
*Includes double degrees.

**We are able to offer a partial Leadership program to online and offshore students. Some events will still only be offered on campus but meetings and professional development will be available online - please email if you would like to know more before applying.

Recruitment process:

  • Applications open: Orientation Week, 13 July 2021
  • Applications close: Week 7, 10 September 2021, 4.00pm AEST
  • Applications reviewed by panel: Week 8, Trimester 2 2021
  • Interviews will be held: Week 9-12, Trimester 2 and 1st - 12th November 2021

Dates subject to change.

The ‘small print’

If selected as a Student Leader, we’ll ask you to fulfil the following obligations during the GBSSLP:

  • Attend a compulsory Induction Day (full day, February 2022)
  • Attend Leadership Development Camp (two days, March 2022)*
  • Attend catch-up meetings (twice per Trimester)
  • Complete 30 hours of University Service (promotional and / or recruitment activities for the School or the University)**
  • Complete 30 hours of Community Engagement (any activities external to the University)**
  • Attend and actively participate in at least four GBS events / activities per year including (but not limited to) Orientation, Open Day, GriffithBUSINESS School Outreach Program, and Leadership Day—these events count towards University Service hours
  • Promote forthcoming GBS events (public speaking / in-lecture promotions)—this promotion counts towards University Service hours
  • Be an outstanding Ambassador for Griffith Business School

Student Leaders who fail to meet these requirements may be removed from the Program after a thorough review by the Student Engagement Team.
*  Some activities may be changed due to COVID restrictions, University Policies or unable to be held off campus

** Service hours must be recorded and signed off by a Griffith staff member, or community representative.

What's involved: Year 1

In the first year of the program, you’ll participate in an induction day, a two-day leadership camp, and a series of seminars focusing on personal development (building your communication, inter-cultural and networking skills) to prepare you for future events.

You’ll also begin completing required community and University service hours, through participation in recruitment and promotional activities for the School.

What's involved: Year 2

In the second year, you’ll take on more leadership duties such as mentoring new Student Leaders, expanding community engagement, and participating in seminars with an industry / graduate careers focus. You may also have the chance to go on an International Community Exchange.

By the end of your second year you will have finished your required service hours in time to be awarded a certificate at the GBSSLP Graduation Evening.

The Program has provided me with so many incredible opportunities and has encouraged me to reach for goals over and above anything I ever thought I could achieve. I have made lifelong friends who are an amazing support network throughout all endeavours. I can't recommend this program enough, it has made my university experience truly memorable.

Lauren Franey | Student Leader Alumnus

The GBS Student Leadership Program has been the highlight of my time at university so far! I’ve made so many wonderful like-minded friends and have had the chance to partake in such amazing opportunities. It’s wonderful to be a part of such a friendly and tight-knit program, and highly recommend it!

Shanayah Sharif | Current Student Leader

The student leadership program brought me out of my shell and allowed me to make friends, build industry connections, travel, and grow as a person. GBSSLP made my uni experience amazing and I couldn’t recommend it more!

Azaria Bell | Student Leader Alumnus

International community engagement

Griffith Business School is committed to developing globally responsible leaders. As part of the GBS Student Leadership Program, student leaders are offered the unique opportunity to participate in an overseas experience, meeting and working with local communities. The international community engagement project allows students to immerse themselves in a cultural exchange and gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of their role in the global community.

As part of the international community engagement project beginning in 2013, students have travelled to Laos, Borneo, Nepal and India.

Any questions?

Contact Jo Fairclough, Student Development Coordinator