Daniel Hellig-Smith, ANIP ‘18

ANIP has provided me with a foot in the door and valuable experience, connections, perspectives and insight that wouldn’t otherwise have been possible.

I’ve always had a passion and interest for foreign affairs. Even early in life at home we’d discuss what was happening in the world around the dinner table. But I was always unsure as to where it would take me beyond my lectures and tutorials. So I thought DFAT would be a great way to see if this was something for me.

DFAT has involved me in the decision making process in an inclusive way that means I have a true say in shaping policy and diplomats minds. It’s challenged me in unique ways to think outside of the box and grow my knowledge on topics that I hadn’t ever considered before. Feeling like you have an impact and getting to write about something that interests you is a unique and valuable opportunity.

I’ve gotten to meet some of the most engaging, interesting and fun people who have all taught me a lot about really interesting fields that I would never have heard of otherwise, from agriculture to economics to the work they do at embassies.

ANIP has shown me that I can build upon my passion for foreign affairs and that a career in diplomacy, development and public policy is a place where I would like to go. It has provided me with a foot in the door and valuable experience, connections, perspectives and insight that wouldn’t otherwise have been possible.
 

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

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