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Parliamentary Internships

Queensland Parliamentary Research Internship

The Queensland Parliament Research Internship program provides students from selected universities with the opportunity to work with a Member of Parliament, or a Senior Officer of the Parliament, to undertake a mutually agreed research project.

The internship program is administered by the Chamber, Education and Communication Services section.

The program gives university students first-hand experience of the relationship between political practice and theory, an in depth understanding of the political processes and the role of Parliament, and the opportunity to obtain relevant research experience in a new environment.

The objectives of the program are to:

  • enable interns to acquire knowledge and a greater understanding of the functions and roles of the Queensland Parliament through the application of theoretical political knowledge to first-hand experience;

  • enhance an intern’s research, analytical capabilities and communication skills, both oral and written;

  • develop an intern’s observational and evaluative skills; and

  • enhance an intern’s ability to acquire practical knowledge and develop a professional orientation towards politics.

What is an Internship?

The parliamentary internship is based on a mutually agreed partnership between the intern and his/ her Parliamentary Supervisor (eg a Member of Parliament). The intern agrees to carry out a research project on a topic/issue of direct interest to the Parliamentary Supervisor

In return, the Parliamentary Supervisor agrees to provide the support necessary for the project to be completed within a set timeframe.

The partnership operates under a set of conditions mutually agreed to and ratified by the relevant university and the Parliament. Each intern has an Academic Supervisor appointed by the university where they are enrolled.


The internship program subject is usually offered by the universities in the second semester. However, exceptions may be made, if required, to offer an internship within an alternative timeframe. 

For more information

Internship brochure 

Leah Ilott 

Snr Parl Officer (Bills & Res.)


Phone (07) 3553 6402