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  • Locations: Canberra, Australia
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The Australian National University's Asia Pacific Week (APW) is an interdisciplinary, student-run conference aimed at high-achieving students and young professionals from around the world with an interest in Asia and the Pacific.

Now in its tenth year, the 2020 conference will continue the tradition of bringing together students, young professionals, policymakers and senior officials of the highest calibre for a week of stimulating discussion and debate. Asia Pacific Week is a highly anticipated event not only in the university’s calendar, but also within the Asia Pacific academic community globally.

As countries pivot their focus to the Asia-Pacific region, Asia-Pacific Week has received increased attention from academic and political circles. The many speakers who have contributed to Asia-Pacific week in the past include former Australian Prime Ministers Malcolm Fraser and Bob Hawke, Australian foreign ministers, ANU Chancellor Gareth Evans, renowned ANU academics, and diplomats from around the world.

ANU’s College of Asia and the Pacific are offering a part-time internship for an undergraduate students in Semester 1, 2020. APW is a joint initiative by students and the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, with the Student Committee responsible for arranging all aspects of the event. The conference will be held in mid-2020 (normally the last week of June), dates to be confirmed.

As part of the internship program, you can enrol in the six unit course ASIA3023: Asia Pacific Week Internship. You will work with College of the Asia and Pacific (CAP) staff and the course convenor.

The time commitment for these roles will range from initially being around 4-5 hours a week, up to 15 hours a week, in the weeks leading up to the event (this may vary depending on the role). Ideally applicants will understand event concept and implementation; have solid written and oral communication skills; and have strong coordination and multi-tasking skills together with an eye for detail. Please be aware that you will have to dedicate time to this event during the Semester 1 examination period.

So if you have an appetite for a challenge, this is a great opportunity to gain high-profile organisational experience and make extensive contacts here in Canberra, across Australia and overseas.

The conference is an opportunity for students to work closely with the college and apply the knowledge they have acquired into running a week-long academic event. This involves placement in one portfolio (Deputy Director/Finance, Content, Logistics, Delegates, Media & Marketing, and Special Projects) and 10 months commitment to the projects and duties of that portfolio. 

If selected for this opportunity, your duties will involve event and project management which includes collaborating professionally with stakeholders on the formulation and implementation of complex projects and expressing and delivering information to a range of stakeholders. In addition to this you will be required to; attend team meetings and meetings with the course convenor, complete systematic and frequent journal entries, and have regular correspondence with the student committee director.


Students who are selected to be on the committee can have their contributions recognised in two ways:

- Enrolment in ASIA3023: Asia Pacific Week Internship. While the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific welcomes participation from all eligible ANU students, credit towards your degree program will be at the discretion of your home College. It is your responsibility to consult with your College’s student advisors about how this course might fit into your current degree requirements.

- Students who do not enrol in ASIA3023 can have their contributions to the program recognised through ANU+ volunteer scheme

Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for this opportunity, you must be currently enrolled in an ANU undergraduate degree at the time of application. Participation from students from all disciplines is encouraged!

Selection Criteria

The successful applicant will be able to articulate how this opportunity will benefit their studies at ANU as well as how they personally will make a meaningful contribution to the Asia Pacific Week conference aims by outlining their skills and experiences in relation to the key competencies: communication, prioritisation, stakeholder management, and team work.

Participants will be selected based on their response to the application questions. Academic performance (GPA) may also be taken into consideration during the selection process.

Application Details

Applications open 27 September 2019 for the 2020 intake.  In order to apply for this opportunity, please complete the online application form by Sunday 20 October 2019.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to participate in an interview in the week beginning Monday 28 October 2019. The successful applicants will be notified by Friday 8 November, 2019. Successful applicants will need to attend an initial meeting of the Committee prior to the end of 2019.

As part of the application, applicants will be required to nominate their preferred portfolio. Portfolio descriptions are available in the application portal.


CAP Student Centre
M Block Demountable (between Menzies Library and Centre for China in the World)
T: 6125 3207 


This program is currently not accepting applications.