Exceptional experience with legislative representatives or NGOs
This exclusive study abroad program, offered through the Australian National Internships Program at Australian National University, places you at the heart of Australia’s federal parliament. As Australia's capital city, Canberra is an ideal place to learn about the Australian Parliament and policy making. It's the home of Australia's federal government and serves as the headquarters for all federal departments as well as for many national associations and lobby groups.
You have the unique opportunity to be placed in the office of a senator or member of the House of Representatives, in one of about 50 parliamentary committees or in a department responsible for the operation of Parliament. Other placements can include; Australian Public Service departments, Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, Australian Capital Territory Public Service directorates, Non-Governmental Organizations and lobby groups, think-tanks and embassies. You’ll also complete a 500-word proposal, a research paper and an oral presentation.
You'll spend two-and-a-half to four days per week for 11 weeks on your internship, and can opt to enroll in the internship course option that includes a component that will introduce you to Australian politics and public policy.
I had the opportunity to be placed in the Federal Parliament House interning with Member of Parliament (MP) Janelle Saffin (Australian Labour Party). She took the time to work with me and offered me invaluable resources for my project. ”
Arcadia University Student, Australian Parliamentary Internship
The program is open to all majors, except business and engineering, and you have an option to enroll in additional courses at Australian National University and to use its leisure facilities.
Australians from all around the country also participate on this program.