Supporting ANU students

The summer internship is a rite of passage for ambitious American students. Competition is stiff for a berth in the best programs, where the beginnings of careers are made. An internship in the United States is a life changing experience available to ANU students too.

Lauren Roche, an ANU alumna who completed her internship in Washington DC, now works at the Australian Embassy in Washington. “The experience was an invaluable component of my undergraduate degree,” she said. “It gave me the opportunity to put into practice the work I had undertaken on campus in a real context. An internship (in Washington) is a fantastic way to experience the intensity and pace of politics in action.”

The Washington Internship

The Washington Internship is an upper-level course offered by the Department of Political Science and International Relations at ANU, incorporating a seven-week internship in the United States Congress.

The course offers students with a good background in American government and politics an opportunity to experience political life in Washington DC by working in the offices of Members of Congress or on the staff of Congressional committees and then to complete a program of research on a specialised aspect of American government, politics, and public policy.

Congressional Research Fellowship Program

The Congressional Research Fellowship Program is an initiative that places young leaders from Australia’s top universities in the offices of ranking specialists in foreign affairs in the United States Senate. Internship places are limited to students with a strong academic record who are considered future leaders in government, business or the community. The program targets honours and post-graduate students.

The World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency Fellowship

The ANU College of Law, in conjunction with the World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice Presidency (INT), have developed a scholarship program to support a current student of the ANU College of Law Bachelor of Laws (LLB), or Juris Doctor (JD) programs, to spend two months undertaking a Fellowship with INT’s Special Litigation Unit. The scholarship will go towards covering expenses while the student works as a fellow with the Special Litigation Unit at the World Bank’s headquarters in Washington DC.

The ANU is expanding programs for students in the USA and Canada. If your organisation is interested in engaging ANU interns or graduates in your organisation, please contact the North American Liaison Office.

Updated:  8 January 2016/ Responsible Officer:  Director, NALO/ Page Contact:  Director, NALO