• Offered by Australian National Internships Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
    Second Semester 2016
  • Course subject Australian National Internship
  • Areas of interest Law, Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Commerce, Finance
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Marshall Clark
  • Co-taught Course ANIP6503

The Australian National Internships Program provides students from any discipline with the opportunity to undertake a significant research project within a work place. Academic credit will be awarded towards the students' degrees. Placements are in national institutions (eg  government departments and agencies), peak industry bodies, large industry organisations, public policy-focussed NGOs, or international organisations (eg  embassies). As part of a real-world experience, students will have the opportunity to work in an office environment, learn to prioritise tasks and deadlines, develop the skills to express themselves concisely and provide a succinct précis of a complex topic.

Admission to this course is selective due to the high academic standards required to successfully complete the course. 

The research topic is agreed between the Intern and the placement and topics usually have a focus relevant to both the organisation and the intern. Students attend workshops to assist with the write up of their report and enhance professional skills.

Internship placements may be offered within Australia or overseas, and workshops will be delivered over the course of a semester or in intensive mode. This course is available for cross-Institutional enrolment.

Learning Outcomes

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and apply, with basic understanding, a range of applied research and professional skills;
  2. Source, analyse, synthesise, and interpret information from diverse sources;
  3. Think, write, and argue about complex public policy issues and questions;
  4. Engage professionally with stakeholders on policy-relevant topics.

Indicative Assessment

A 500-word research project proposal (10%) (LO 1, 2, 3)

A Research report of 4,000 words (70%) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

An oral presentation on the research report of 40 minutes (20%) (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)

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130 hours consisting of a combination of workshops, attendance at internship placement and applied research and writing.

Workload is dependent on the internship type and may be achieved by, for example:

• 1 day per week internship for 11 weeks and a weekly workshop of 3 hours for 13 weeks, or

• 3 week intensive internship followed by a weekly workshop of 3 hours for 13 weeks or

• 3 week intensive internship followed by a 2 day intensive workshop.

The weekly workshops could be delivered on campus or remotely if the student is on an internship outside of Canberra.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have successfully completed ANIP6503

You will need to contact the Australian National Internships Program to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

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Other Information

Completion of 96 units.

A permission code is required to enrol in this course.

For some internships, in order to be given permission to enrol, the student will be required to demonstrate to the course convenor sufficient understanding of the social, cultural and political context of the country in which the internship is to be taken. This may be demonstrated by completion of relevant courses or by having spent significant time in the relevant country.

Incompatible with ANIP6503



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500

Course Fees:

Domestic fee paying students

Year Fee
2016 $3054

International fee paying students

Year Fee
2016 $4368


First Semester, 2016

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date
3625 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016

Second Semester, 2016

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date
8605 18 Jul 2016 05 Aug 2016 31 Aug 2016 28 Oct 2016

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