Internship at Ministry of External Affairs

About the internship
The internship programme provides an excellent opportunity for budding scholars to familiarize themselves with the process of formulation of foreign policy and its implementation by the Government of India

Eligibility 
  1. internship programme for MEA Headquarters is open to Indian citizens only. Interested Indian citizens, OCI cardholders and foreign nationals may apply for the internship in Indian Missions and Posts abroad.
  2. For an internship at Headquarters and in Missions/Posts, a candidate must be in the final year of an undergraduate course or possess a graduate degree before the commencement of internship. Preference may be given to applicants with excellent academic track record from institutions of repute and credible recommendations from faculty who have taught/guided them in the past, and also to research scholars. An intern must not have attained the age of 30 years on the date of application.
  3. An intern will be required to work only on-site (ie. within premises of Ministry/ Missions/Posts). An off-site internship is not available at Headquarters/Missions/Posts.
Internship Duration
Interns can apply at any time of the year. The applicant will be informed about the start of their internship upon selection. Once selected, the internship shall be for a period of one to six months. Extension, in exceptional cases, may be granted on a case-to-case basis for intern at MEA Headquarters only.

Internship Support 
  • An intern will be required to work from within the Ministry’s premises. Necessary logistical support will be provided to interns taking into account the functional requirements.
  •  No financial remuneration shall be paid to the interns. Internship programme shall neither be an employment nor the assurance of any employment with the Ministry.
How to apply 
  1. Duly filled in Application Form.
  2. Copy of at least three documentary proofs of identity which may include copy of Passport/Aadhar Card/Voter ID/PAN Card/Driving License/Ration Card etc. in case of Indian nationals; and Passport, OCI card and National Identity Card in case of OCI card holders.
  3. Curriculum Vitae.
  4. Introduction letter from the Head of Institution on the official stationery where the applicant studied/studying.
  5. No objection certificate from University/Institution in case the internship is to be pursued in parallel with an ongoing course.
  6. Self-attested certificates and transcripts for all the accomplishments mentioned in Paras 8, 9 and 13 of Application Form (educational qualifications, current courses being pursued and projects undertaken).
The application for an internship at Indian Missions/Posts must include the following:
  1. Duly filled in Application Form.
  2. Copy of at least three documentary proofs of identity which may include copy of Passport/Aadhar Card/Voter ID/PAN Card, and proof of residence.
  3. Curriculum Vitae.
  4. Introduction letter from the Head of Institution on the official stationery where the applicant studied/studying.
  5. No objection certificate from University/Institution in case the internship is to be pursued in parallel with an ongoing course.
  6. Self-attested certificates and transcripts for all the accomplishments mentioned in Paras 8, 9 and 13 of Application Form (educational qualifications, current courses being pursued and projects undertaken).
At MEA Headquarters, the applications may be sent to office of Joint Secretary (Administration) by registered/speed post, at the following address:

Joint Secretary (Administration)

Ministry of External Affairs
Room No.149 A, South Block
New Delhi – 110011.

An advance copy of the application with attachments may be sent by e-mail to jsad@mea.gov.in and usfsp@mea.gov.in. Query, if any, may be addressed to Under Secretary (FSP) at usfsp@mea.gov.in with a copy to jsad@mea.gov.in. Applications duly filled in and complete in all respect with required documents should reach at least four months before the commencement of the internship.

For internship in Indian Missions/Posts, applicants may send their applications to the Head of Chancery by post, at the Mission/Post’s address.

Download the application form  link 

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