• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course suspended indefinitely due to travel restrictions.

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:

  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; and
  4. engage professionally with American stakeholders on policy-relevant topics.

Indicative Assessment

  1. A 500-word research project proposal (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. A Research report of up to 8,000 words (70) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. An oral presentation on the research report (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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260 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 224 hours of Internship placement over 6 weeks in Washington DC; and,

b) 36 hours of workshops and independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

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.

Prescribed Texts


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 maintained a Credit average in your studies.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $7800
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $11160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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