The Parliament of Australia, also known as the Commonwealth Parliament or Federal Parliament, is the legislative branch of the government of Australia. It is bicameral, and combines the fused executive of the Westminster System with the federalist senate of the United States Congress. The Parliament consists of three components: the Queen, represented within Australian by the Governor-General, the Senate, and the House of Representatives


Internships are available in Melbourne, Australia with state and federal members of the Australian Parliament. Responsibilities will vary based on student interests and skill sets but may include research, writing, administrative tasks, answering constituent mail, and preparing legislation. Interns may attend committee meetings, debate sessions, and coordinate events. Interns may work in the areas of social policy (drug and mental health) and communications. Students may be offered a range of projects according to interests and academic background.



There is no language requirement. 


Interns are responsible for finding their own housing, but the host office and Hinckley Program Manager will provide assistance. 


  • University of Utah tuition
  • Academic Fee: $300
  • Housing and Living Expenses
  • Travel 


International interns are eligible to apply for the Hinckley Global Scholarship offered through the Hinckley Institute. Information can be found here. The Hinckley Institute also offers a low-interest loan program found here. In addition to funding through the Hinckley Institute, scholarships are available through the Center for Learning Abroad.


Internship dates may vary depending upon location but are based around the academic calendar:

  • Fall Semester: September-December
  • Spring Semester: January-April
  • Summer Semester: May-August


Students are required to register for a minimum of 3 HNKLY credit hours and a maximum of 12. International interns are required to submit 4 reflections and 10 weekly updates throughout the semester, as well as write a final policy paper, which is due 4 weeks after the end of the semester.


Students are required to attend a pre-departure orientation, which provides cultural and safety training and explanation of academic requirements. Students also meet with the program manager upon returning from the internship.


Please submit the Hinckley online application before the deadline and then email Global Internship Manager Jean Oh to set up an interview. During the interview you will receive more information on program specifics.