• Offered by Australian National Internships Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Australian National Internship
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Law, Policy Studies, Economics, Internships
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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.


The mandatory orientation workshop runs over two days during Orientation Week.
Admission to this course is selective due to the high academic standards required to successfully complete the course.  For more information on the entry process please visit anip.anu.edu.au.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate and apply, with advanced understanding, a range of applied research and professional skills;
  2. source, analyse, synthesise, and interpret complex information from diverse sources;
  3. think, write, and argue about high-level public policy issues and questions; and
  4. engage professionally with stakeholders on policy-relevant topics.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research project proposal, 500 words (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Research report, 5000 words (70) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Poster Presentation, 15 mins (10%) & 5 mins Q&A (10%) (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 6 workshops of 2 hours each, or
  • 3 week intensive internship followed by 6 workshops of 2 hours each, 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (HARTS or HART2) or Bachelor of Music (Honours) (HMUSI). Consent to enrol in this course is not normally granted if you have previously completed ANIP3003 or 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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