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Internships on this program are research-based with a focus on international security policy. The location of Canberra makes it possible to intern at major national institutions, government departments, research centers, think tanks, and international embassies. The research project is a real-life report that your host will use for briefings, published works, and informing speeches or policy.

You can also take an internship outside of Canberra and apply for a travel grant through Australia National University. Eligibility for the grant is advised after application.

Key Facts

Internships are required.


You can intern in English.


You’ll take a series of workshops to guide your internship experience. To meet the course requirements, you may be required to participate in meetings, discussions, or journaling. The final project is a substantial research report.

  • Letter grade or pass/no pass credit 


To arrange your internship, you may fill in a form or meet with an advisor. Depending on your goals and interests, you may find a match right away. You may also need to attend an interview to determine whether an internship placement is a good fit. You make most arrangements before you arrive.

Get an Award

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Scoring academic credit while learning real-world skills during an internship is just the start. After your program ends, you can apply for an award. You’ll focus on the marketable skills you gained—an ideal addition to your résumé.



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