Frequently Asked Questions

ANIP is a one semester research-based internship for academic credit. It is usually a 10 week placement within which students must complete their required amount of days (this depends on which ANIP course has been selected).

  • Any enrolled university student who has completed 2nd year (96 units).
  • Undergraduate or Postgraduate students.
  • Students who are studying any subject.
  • Students who are achieving a distinction average in the subject that is relevant to their possible placement.

No. ANIP is for all students from all disciplines who wish to research a topic with a public policy focus.

  • Commonwealth Parliament
  • ACT Legislative Assembly
  • Embassies and High Commissions
  • Government Departments
  • Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s) and Think Tanks
  • Peak Industry Bodies

GPA will be considered but is not the only deciding factor. Entry to the program is based on the strength of the application overall  including academic merit, research experience and placement availability.

Yes. As well as applying to ANIP through the ANIP ‘Apply’, you must also apply to ANU through the ANU Admissions Office. Please refer to the ANU admissions policy and the English language admissions requirements for students for more information.

Please note that some host institutions have policies that do not permit them to take non-Australian citizens, but we will endeavour to seek a suitable placement for all successful applicants. 

No. As long as you have completed two years of undergraduate level study you are eligible to apply.

If you expect to successfully complete 96 undergraduate units by the time the program starts you are eligible to apply in the preceding semester.

Currently ANIP offers internships in Taiwan over the summer. Internships in Canberra are offered during the standard semesters ie Semesters 1 and 2.

Yes. Students from any university are eligible to apply to ANIP.  There are two steps in the application process for non-ANU domestic students. As well as applying to ANIP through the ANIP 'Apply', you must also apply to ANU through the ANU Admissions Office. You need to complete a cross-institutional application form for "non award studies" as soon as possible. A link to the form and information is at Cross Institutional Application Form

No. ANIP coordinates internships with many organisations throughout the selection process, therefore does not encourage students to organise their own internships so as not to create confusion with the processes already underway.

You can certainly request a preference for a certain placement but we cannot guarantee that specific placements will be available, as hosts vary each Semester.

Please consult your College Student Office or Program Convenor. Only they can provide you with this advice.

Please also confirm with your SEO that ANIP fits within your degree.

The general research topic you indicate in your application will be provided to the relevant host/s during the process of securing a placement. You will then need to meet with the potential host to discuss and agree the final topic.

No. ANIP is a course for academic credit and students do not receive payment for their involvement.

  • Yes. There are five ANIP Workshops which are held weekly on a Monday for two hours. The exact time may vary each Semester.
  • The first is a compulsory Orientation for all students accepted into ANIP that Semester.
  • There is a compulsory Parliamentary Orientation for all interns placed in Parliament, but is open to other interns should they wish to attend. This usually goes for 3.5 hours and dates will vary each Semester.
  • There is a week one third of the way through the course where students will be given a time slot to give their oral poster presentations.
  • Workshops are recorded on Echo 360 and are put on Wattle for students to review again later.
  • Whilst you are required to complete a certain amount of days at your placement, these are at the discretion of the host working with you on your availability.
  • You may have several days per week in the placement in an intensive style.
  • You may start in your placement just before Semester begins, or continue until just after Semester ends, subject to agreement of the host and the ANIP convenor.
  • Many Members of Parliament travel interstate on non-sitting weeks but they may make arrangements for you to attend the placement with other staff whilst they are not there.
  • Once you have been accepted into ANIP and offered a placement, a Course Outline will be sent to you.
  • The Course Outline will be placed onto Wattle just before the commencement of Semester.
  • Just before the commencement of Semester you will be given a ‘Student Governance Pack’ which includes a schedule of the course, an outline of the objectives of the course, and you will be asked to sign a Student Deed Poll (this is to protect the confidentiality of the student and the host).
  • There is no agreement between you and the host, but there is an agreement between ANIP and the host. This is coordinated directly by ANIP with the host.

Yes. ANIP arranges an insurance cover form with the ANU Insurance Office and a copy is sent to the host for their information.

  • As a representative of the ANU, you are expected to behave professionally and in accordance with ANU’s conduct policies.
  • Each institution has its own Code of Conduct and associated Values and Behaviours policies which you would be encouraged to review prior to commencing your placement.

It is advised that you dress smartly in business attire when you are meeting your potential host, and throughout your placement. 

No. Hosts are approached based on the details in the application you have submitted. Changing preferences at that stage is not an option.

  • Once your details have been forwarded to a potential host you are being considered as a candidate therefore it is not ideal to withdraw at this stage.
  • This is usually done approximately two weeks from receipt of application, so essentially there is a two week cooling off period should you wish to withdraw.
  • Placements cannot be deferred to another Semester.

No. The program is exactly the same each Semester so it would be a duplication of a course.

Updated:  6 October 2017/Responsible Officer:  Program Director/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications