Commonwealth Parliamentary Internships

ANIP is the only university program that offers Australian Commonwealth Parliamentary Internships in which students are based in the offices of Members of Parliament and Senators at Parliament House in Canberra. Interns engage with a range of activities that shape national policymaking. ANIP Commonwealth Parliamentary internships are research-based, policy-focused and open to domestic students from all Australian universities. Students receive course credit for this internship, so approval from your home university must be sought to undertake an ANIP Commonwealth Parliamentary Internship as part of your approved course program.

In 2018, Commonwealth Parliamentary interns completed research projects on cybersecurity, economic policy, regional Australia, international relations, energy policy, indigenous policy, global development, public health, domestic violence, counter-terrorism, science policy, criminology, environmental science, migrant integration, education, Australian history and law reform.

Through the Commonwealth Parliamentary Internship, students will deliver a research report of 8-10,000 words as part of either ANIP3005 (Undergraduate) or ANIP6005 (Postgraduate). To be eligible, students must have completed two years of undergraduate university study.


To apply for ANIP as an ANU student:

  1. Obtain approval from your ANU course/program convenor.
  2. Apply to ANIP through the ANIP online application form:


To apply for ANIP as a cross-institutional (non ANU) student:

  1. Obtain approval from your home university and complete an ANU Cross-Institutional Studies Application Form: Your home university will have a form you will need to complete as well, so we recommend bringing both along to your Student Office at the same time.

  2. Apply to ANIP through the ANIP online application form:

  3. Apply to ANU through the ANU Admissions Office:

As a cross-institutional student, your fees for undertaking the ANIP course will be determined by your home institution.

ANIP Commonwealth Parliamentary Internships are open to undergraduates and postgraduates of any academic discipline. Interns will be based in the Commonwealth Parliament for a fortnight during parliamentary sitting weeks, where they will develop a policy research project and have the opportunity to engage with a range of activities that shape national policymaking. During the remainder of the semester they will continue to develop their project through working with electorate offices based in their home state. This research will be supported by ANIP's online learning platform and face-to-face meetings with academic supervisors.

Applications are open each year from March to April for internship placements in semester two, and from August to September for internship placements in semester one. For more information, visit our Apply page: and read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Funding for interstate students:

The ANIP Travel Grant enables students from across Australia to undertake Commonwealth Parliamentary ANIP Internships away from their normal place of residence. Eligibility for an ANIP Travel Grant will be advised once you submit your application.

Updated:  4 April 2019/Responsible Officer:  Program Director/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications