In 1993 the Australian National University established the Australian National Internships Program (ANIP). This is a cooperative venture, where students from the ANU, other Australian universities and from overseas come to the ANU for a period to undertake, for academic credit, course units which will include an internship working on a designated research project in the Commonwealth Parliament, ACT Legislative Assembly, embassies, delegations and high commissions, government departments and agencies, non-government organisations, think-tanks and research centres.
For over two decades, this elite program has provided a foundational experience for the careers of future leaders. The program is open to later-year undergraduate and postgraduate students from any discipline from universities across Australia and overseas. Admission is highly selective and based on academic performance, research skills and public engagement.