Top 10 Government Internships | Niti Aayog, Finance Ministry, RBI

Top 10 Government Internships | Niti Aayog, Finance Ministry, RBI

From Ministry of External Affairs, to Ministry of corporate affairs, we have the list of 10 government internships that you need to apply for in 2017

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Government Internships that you should not leave aside. (GOI)
Government Internships that you should not leave aside. (GOI)

Government sector vs. private sector is no longer a debate because students have their reasons to work with either sector. There is a comeback for government jobs and internships as youngsters are taking more interest in the governing of the country and wish to put in their two cents. It is also helpful that the working of government bodies and ministries has changed, with the recent government there has been an upsurge of digitisation and increased accountability.

These factors are motivating students to opt for government internships along with the fact that several ministries and PSUs offer a structured internship program which will orient and introduce students to the functioning of the government. If you are keen on understanding how the government machinery works then these are the top 10 internships you should apply for -

1. Internship with NITI Aayog

NITI Aayog is what the Planning Commission used to be! Instated on January 1, 2015 by Narendra Modi to replace the Planning Commission, the think-tank fosters state and centre partnership for economic policy. They have started an internship program for students pursuing UG, PG & PhD programs in any discipline/subject to give them exposure to various departments/verticals/units under NITI Aayog.

Duration of Internship – The internship is for between 6 weeks to 3 months. The interns are taken throughout the year.

Last Date of application – An application link opens up on their website every month from 1st to 10th only which is one allowed to apply

How to apply – Students have to fill out the application form on the official website.

Stipend – No Stipend

2. Internship with Reserve Bank Of India

The Reserve Bank of India is the prime financial authority, controlling monetary policy. RBI often offers research internships for students mainly PhD students in Economics, Banking, Finance and related fields. However, they have a Strategic Research Unit (SRU) which takes B.Tech or BE graduates as well with quantitative-oriented degrees in Economics, Finance or Statistical Science with expertise in Computer or Data Analytics. Do remember this is suggested for students who have finished their course.

Duration of internship – It is for a minimum of 6 months and is conducted in two sessions starting January 1 and July 1 of every year.

Last Date of application – Applications are accepted for the five months preceding the next batch of internship.

How to apply – Applicants have to send their CV, references, statement of purpose by post or email to cgmsru@rbi.org.in. It is followed by a personal interview, in case you’re shortlisted.

Stipend – Rs. 35,000 per month

3. Internship with Ministry of External Affairs

The Ministry of External Affairs or the MEA is the foreign ministry of India and conducts the foreign relations of the country.  It represents India at the UN and all international bodies. The internship program is very prestigious and allows the young academics to familiarise with the working of the ministry as well formulation of foreign policy. The ministry offers internships on site (premises of ministry) for which only graduates are allowed to apply or offsite to which under-graduates still enrolled in college can apply.

Duration of internship – The internship can start at any time of the year and can be between one to six months.

Last date of application – Applications are taken all year long however at any given point only 30 interns are taken on board. It is preferable to apply at least one month prior to internship commencement.

How to apply – Students must apply with the application form, 3 proofs of identity including Passport and Adhaar, CV, an introduction letter from the head of the institution where the applicant studied/studying, no objection certificate from same institute and send it by post or to jsad@mea.gov.in and usfsp@mea.gov.in.

Stipend – No Stipend

4. Internship with Ministry of Law and Justice

The Ministry of Law and Justice is one of the oldest ministries of the government of India and has the Legislative Department and Department of Legal Affairs. The internship program is under the Legislative Department which is concerned with drafting the principal legislation for the central government.

The internship is a great opportunity for final year students studying law and was started to motivate students to take interest in legislation drafting as a profession.

Duration of the internship – The internship will be between four to six weeks

Last Date of application – The internship is open throughout the year and students can apply at any time, however only 5 interns can be taken in at any given point of time

How to apply – Students must apply with the form on the website along with a recommendation by head of institution and a statement of purpose for interest in legislative department and send it by post or by email to ildr.ld@nic.in

Stipend – No Stipend

5. Internship with Directorate General of Foreign Trade

The Directorate General of Foreign Trade formulates and implements the Foreign Trade Policy of India. It is an extremely important government body as it interacts with trade bodies, government departments, exporters and other experts in gauging the changing international trade scenario. They recruit interns to infuse refreshing ideas into the system and they recruit final year law students and recent graduates from courses of economics, finance, management and law.

Duration of internship – It is offered in two sessions –

  • Summer Internship – June and July
  • Winter Internship – December and January

Last Date of application

  • Summer Internship – 30 April of every year
  • Winter Internship – 31 October of every year

How to apply – Students have to send in their internship applications along with their CV by post or email to rajbir.sharma@nic.in.

Stipend – Rs. 10,000 per month

6. Internship with Ministry of Corporate Affairs

Monitoring all companies in India and overseeing business activities, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs acts as a regulatory body over corporate India. It implements the Companies Act 2013, Companies Act of 1956, Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices Act 1969 and other company related acts.

They have an internship program for students pursuing PG and research programs in economics, law, finance, commerce, management and IT to understand the activities of the ministry at macro-level and implementation of policy measures by officers at micro-level. Students of IT and Computer Science B, Tech final year can also be considered for the internship.

Duration of internship – It is for a maximum of two months and will commence either June or July 2017

Last Date of application – The last date of applications is February 28, 2017

How to apply – Students have to apply with the application form in the official website and sent by post or email to bindu.p@nic.in.

Stipend – Rs.10,000 per month

7. Internship with Ministry of Finance

The Finance ministry is the ministry that looks after all financial matters like taxation, centre and state finances, union budgets, financial institutions and capital markets.

The Department of Expenditure under the Ministry of Finance has created this internship program to familiarise students with the economic and financial policies of the government. Students pursuing PG courses as well as 4th & 5th year students of 5 year courses from economics, finance and management courses are eligible to apply for this internship.

Duration of internship – The internship is between two to six months anytime during the year.

Last Date of application – Students can apply by the 1st of the preceding month for which application is intended. For example, for an internship in April 2017, applications should reach by March 1, 2017.

How to apply – Students have to apply in the application forms along with their CV by post.

Stipend – Rs. 10,000 per month

8. Internship with Competition Commission of India

The Competition Commission of India ensures that the objectives of The Competition Act, 2002, are achieved. It ensures that any practices which have an adverse effect on competition are removed and it promotes competition and protects the right of consumers.

Students from economics, law, management and finance are recruited as interns to familiarize them with the tenets of the law and impart training.

Duration of internship – Every month 10 interns are recruited as interns and the internship period is only for a month. It has a set program and a guide is assigned to each intern for the duration.

Last Date of application – The application should reach the office by the 1st of preceding month for which application is intended. For example, for an internship in April 2017, applications should reach by March 1, 2017.

How to apply – Students have to submit the application form along with a recommendation from faculty at college, a synopsis on the topic intending to research on (1,000 words) and emailed to cci.essay@gmail.com

Stipend – Rs. 10,000 per month

9. Internship with Ministry of Women and Child Development

Earlier a department under the HRD Ministry, the Ministry of Women and Child Development became a full-fledged ministry in 2016. The internship program is meant for students from UG, PG and Research from any discipline/subject to understand the formulation of policies and programs of the Ministry.

Duration of internship – It is offered based on the qualification of applicant

  • 1 month – For students currently pursuing UG course in any subject/discipline
  • 1 – 3 months – For students who have completed UG course in any subject/discipline
  • 6 months – For students who have completed PG course in any subject/discipline

Last Date of Application – The internships are conducted in four batches every year – Mid-August to Mid-September, August to October, November to January and March to May. The notification will be available on the website one month prior to the internship; however, the schedule may change depending on the interns required

How to apply – Students can apply through the online link available on the website.

Stipend – No Stipend

10. Internship with National Museum, Ministry of Culture

The National Museum in Delhi is directly under the control of Ministry of Culture and the keeper of over 5,000 years of artifacts from Indian cultural heritage. They offer research oriented internships, creating a platform for interns to have exposure to the art and culture sector.

This is a unique opportunity for students who are pursuing UG and PG courses in anthropology, history, art history, archaeology, sciences, languages, museology, library sciences, sculpture and fine arts.

Duration of internship – It is offered in two sessions –

  • Summer Internships – Conducted in May, June and July over time periods of 6, 9 and 12 weeks
  • Winter Internships – Conducted in December, January and February over time periods of 6, 9 and 12 weeks

Last Date of Application

  • Summer internships – March 10 of every year
  • Winter Internships – October 10 of every year

How to apply – Students will have to submit the application form along with a Covering letter, CV, Statement of Purpose (500-750 words), reference letter from any teacher/professor and a copy of student ID and send it to nationalmuseuminternship@gmail.com

Stipend – No stipend

Do you know of any other government bodies, ministries or PSUs offering internships for 2017? Let us know and we will feature them!

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    • The government internships are department oriented and you can be placed as per the preconditions set by the government. You could read more about them on the URLs given in the article.

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