The Australian National Internships Program, based at ANU, links students with politicians in Parliament House.

The Australian National Internships Program, based at ANU, links students with politicians in Parliament House.

The internship with connections

Walking the corridors of power at Parliament House as part of a flagship internship program has been an invigorating experience for hundreds of ANU students across the past two decades.

Celebrating its 21st anniversary, the Australian National Internships Program (ANIP) has teamed up with more than 1,500 students from universities across the world with politicians, embassies, government departments and think tanks for a 13-week internship.

ANIP is coordinated by the ANU School of Politics and International Relations.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Hon Bronwyn Bishop MP, attended a special gala dinner at Parliament House with ANIP alumni and politicians and says she believed the hands-on experience helped students in their careers.

"Perhaps the star graduate from this program is Michael Keenan, the current Minister for Justice," she says.

"So to see people take advantage of what's available in having the experience of coming into the Parliament, being in offices, going into various institutions and embassies, gives them a much broader exposure to what public life is about."

You can find out more about ANIP on the video below.