• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Andrew Banfield
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2016
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The Washington Internship consists of a six-week internship in the United States Congress during January and February each year. Students will be assigned to the office of a Member of the U.S. Congress or the office of a congressional committee.  During their time in Washington, students will begin work on a research project to be completed at ANU during the first semester.

Upon returning to Canberra, students will attend weekly seminars and complete their research report under the supervision of the course coordinator.

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 American public policy issues and questions;
  4. Engage professionally with American 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, 2, and 3);
  • A Research report of up to 8,000 words (70%) (LO 1, 2, 3 and 4);
  • An oral presentation on the research report (20%) (LO 1, 2, 3 and 4)

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This course involves the following workload:

• 6 weeks (40 hours per week) at the placement host in Washington DC from January 1 to mid-February.

• Upon returning to Canberra for the start of semester:  a 3 hour workshop each week of the semester, developing professional skills and dealing with course issues which also constitutes formative assessment for this course

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the School of Politics and International Relations to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

Enrolment in this course is selective and determined by an application process. To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have completed POLS2013A/2013B, or POLS2127, and passed the course at credit level (60%) or above.



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:
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.

12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $6108
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $8736
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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1641 01 Jan 2016 22 Jan 2016 22 Jan 2016 31 Mar 2016 In Person N/A

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