• Offered by Australian National Internships Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Australian National Internship
  • Areas of interest Law, Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Commerce, Finance
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Marshall Clark
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
    Second Semester 2014
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The Australian National Internships Program provides postgraduate students from any discipline with the opportunity to undertake a significant policy-relevant research project within a work place. Academic credit will be awarded towards the students' degrees.  All placements are in Canberra at national institutions (eg Parliament House, government departments and agencies), peak industry bodies, public policy-focussed NGOs, or international organisations (eg foreign embassies). 

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

Internship placements are for 11 weeks.  The research topic is agreed between the Intern and the placement and topics usually have a public policy focus.  During the Internship students attend workshops on campus to enhance their professional skills.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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

    1. Demonstrate and apply a range of new 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

      Assessment of the achievement of learning outcomes in this course will be undertaken through submission and grading of:

      • a 500-word research project proposal (10% of the final grade); (LO 1)
      • a research report of up to 10,000 words (70%); (LO 1, 2, 3, 4)
      • an oral presentation on the research report (20%) (LO 1,2,3,4)

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      This course involves the following workload:

      • 2 full days (7 hours each) per week for 11 weeks undertaking applied research and writing the Internship research report; and
      • a 3 hour workshop each week of the semester, developing professional skills and dealing with course issues.
      • 3 hours of independent study per week.

      Requisite and Incompatibility

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


      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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

      Student Contribution Band:
      Unit value:
      12 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.

      Units EFTSL
      12.00 0.25000
      Domestic fee paying students
      Year Fee
      1994-2003 $2220
      2004 $3672
      2005 $3924
      2006 $4176
      2007 $4356
      2008 $4356
      2009 $4356
      2010 $4500
      2011 $4620
      2012 $4716
      2013 $4956
      2014 $4956
      International fee paying students
      Year Fee
      1994-2003 $5568
      2004 $7152
      2005 $7152
      2006 $7152
      2007 $7152
      2008 $7152
      2009 $7152
      2010 $7152
      2011 $7164
      2012 $7164
      2013 $7512
      2014 $7524
      Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

      Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

      The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
      Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

      First Semester

      Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
      3430 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

      Second Semester

      Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
      7422 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A

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