Spotlight on the Australian National Internships Program (ANIP)
Can you see yourself walking the corridors of power either in Australian Parliament House or US Congress in Washington? These are just two of the opportunities available through the Australian National Internships Program.
You can complete an internship for academic credit while you study, in a range of different areas in Canberra, including:
- Embassies (You can complete an internship in English, or in the native language of the country)
- Non-government organisations (NGO’s)
- The Australian Public Service (APS)
- ACT Legislative Assembly
- Lobby groups
- The ACT Public Service.
This will provide you with fantastic professional connections that can be advantageous after you graduate and begin your career.
Out of the 12 places in Washington available to Australian students, ANU has six places accessible to any undergraduate student. This highly competitive six week program will see you placed in either the office of a member of Congress or the office of a congressional committee. During your internship you will commence a research project for academic credit, which you will complete during your first semester back at ANU.
(Stephen on far left of group)
Stephen is studying towards a Political Science major in the Bachelor of Arts, and completed the Washington internship in 2014. “I was pinching myself each day I was there,” Stephen says. “Every morning I walked past Capitol Hill on the way to work. Everything was so grand, and there were so many people buzzing around.” Read more about Stephen's experience.