Internship with Ministry of External Affairs
The internship programme includes attachment with one of the Divisions in the Ministry. In addition, the internship programme at MEA Headquarters shall include:
A briefing session with Administration Division on the structure and functioning of the Ministry;
Visit to Foreign Service Institute;
Session with External Publicity and Public Diplomacy Division;
Session with Investment & Technology Promotion and Energy Security Division;
Session with Consular, Visa and Passport Division;
Session with Central Passport Organization;
Session with Protocol Division;
At Ministry of External Affairs Headquarters, the applications may be sent to office of Joint Secretary (Administration) by registered/speed post, at the following address:
The 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 [email protected] and [email protected]
Query, if any, may be addressed to Under Secretary (FSP) at [email protected] with a copy to [email protected]
Eligibility Criteria for Applying
Internship programme for Ministry of External Affairs Headquarters is open only for Indian citizens. Interested Indian citizens, OCI card holders and foreign nationals may apply for internship in Indian Missions and Posts abroad.
For 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.
An intern will be required to work only on-site (ie. within premises of Ministry/ Missions/Posts). Off-site internship is not available at Headquarters/Missions/Posts.
Duration of Internship
Interns can apply at any time of the year. The applicant will be informed about the start of their internship upon selection. Once selected, 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.
Support to be Provided
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 and Feedback
The internship programme at headquarters includes attachment with one of the Divisions in the Ministry. In addition, the programme shall include a briefing session with Administration Division on the structure and functioning of the Ministry. A certificate will be issued by Administration Division based on the recommendation of the Head of Division.
In Missions/Posts, internship programme shall include attachment with one of the Wings of the Mission/Post, and the intern shall have orientation session on the organization and functioning of the Ministry of External Affairs and working of the various Wings of Indian Missions/Posts. HOM/HOP shall issue the certificate in Mission/Post.
The interns may submit a report on completion of their internship to the Head of Division/Mission/Post. The intern may also submit his/her views and feedback on the internship programme to the concerned Head of Division/Mission/Post.
Mode of Application
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 Delhli – 110011.
An advance copy of the application with attachments may be sent by e-mail to [email protected] and [email protected] Query, if any, may be addressed to Under Secretary (FSP) at [email protected] with a copy to [email protected] 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.
The application for internship at Indian Missions/Posts must include the following:
- Duly filled in Application Form.
- 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.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- Introduction letter from the Head of Institution on the official stationery where the applicant studied/studying.
- No objection certificate from University/Institution in case the internship is to be pursued in parallel with an ongoing course.
- 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).
Procedure of Selection
All applications will be scrutinized in the Ministry by a Selection Committee and intimation will be sent to selected candidates. The Selection Committee may conduct a personal interaction with the applicant and also verify original documents. The decision of the Selection Committee shall be final and binding and no queries shall be entertained after the completion of the selection process. Applicants are advised to apply at least four months before the intended date of start of the internship.
Number of interns
Approximately thirty interns will be engaged by the Ministry at a given point in time. Upto two interns may be engaged by Missions/Posts abroad.
The Ministry/Mission/Post may terminate engagement of intern at any point without giving any reason, as Ministry deems fit. Ministry’s decision shall be final in this regard. Intern can choose to leave the programme, if she/he so desires, giving prior notice of one week to the Ministry.
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