Government internships carry a unique charm and that is why so many students every year flock to government internships to grow as citizens of the country and take on responsibilities that would put them higher up in the job market. With the new year beginning to bloom, we are here with a list of top government internships that you should apply to, especially if you are keen on learning the mechanics of the system.
1. Internship with Reserve Bank Of India
The Reserve Bank of India is the ultimate financial authority of the country and holds a lot of monetary power. With its stature growing further by the day, an internship with RBI carries a lot of weight and can add the necessary seriousness and brand name to your resume.
Internships they offer – Research Internships
The research internships offered for PhD students in Banking, Economics, Finance and other related fields, add wonders in terms of project and work experience, highlighting the inner workings of the financial regulatory institution. According to Glassdoor, interns learn from knowledgeable and friendly co-workers, get decent pay and hold regular hours.
Their Strategic Research Unit also takes B.E and B.Tech graduates or “Post Graduate with quantitative- oriented degrees in Economics, Finance, or Statistical Science or those with expertise in Computer or Data Analytics.”
Duration of internship – 6 Months
The internship will be for a minimum of 6 months and will be conducted in two sessions. The first one starting in January and the second session kicking off in July.
Last Date of application – Five months in advance to batch
Applications will be accepted during the five months period preceding the upcoming batch of internships. So, tentatively August for the January session and February for July session.
Stipend – Rs. 35,000 per month
2. Internship with NITI Aayog
Why you should opt for a Niti Aayog Internship among government internships. (Niti Aayog)
NITI Aayog is the more modern and compact version of the Planning Commission. The brains behind “transforming” the face of India, NITI Aayog “fosters state and centre partnership for economic policy”.
Internships they offer – Niti Aayog Internships
To make the students more aware of the NITI of the country, they started with an internship program in 2015 which invites students from all fields and disciplines. Students in colleges (PG, UG and enrolled under PhD programs) can apply to be interns at the different units and gain adequate exposure.
Duration of Internship – Variable – 6 weeks to 3 months.
Last Date of application – Applicants can apply for these government internships between 1st to 10th of every month.
How to apply – Applicants need to fill out an application form available on their official website.
Stipend – UNPAID
Intern Experience – Read this interview with Madhur Kukreja, who did an Internship in Niti Aayog.
3. Internship with Ministry of External Affairs
The Ministry of External Affairs handles all the foreign relations for the country. It represents India internationally – in bilateral and multilateral talks, international summits, meetings and the UN.
Internships they offer – MEA Internships
An internship with the MEA holds a lot of value – it allows young individuals to get familiar with the workings of the ministry and understand the formulation of foreign policies. As such, the eligibility criteria for MEA internships is this – “Onsite – only graduates are allowed to apply or offsite to which under-graduates still enrolled in college can apply.”
Duration of internship – Variable – One Month to six months.
Last date of application – Though, applications are invited all year, applying a month prior to the selection date works best. And, the real catch is that only 30 candidates are selected at any given point.
How to apply – Applicants must send in 3 proofs of identity, which can include Adhaar Card and Passport, along with the CV and a letter of introduction from the head of the institute where the applicant might be studying at the moment. A no objection certificate from your college/institute is also needed. Send your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com. The documents can also be sent by post.
Stipend – UNPAID
4. Internship with Ministry of Law and Justice
Another popular government internship, the internship in the Ministry of Law and Justice gives you a chance to be part of legislation process and learn the workings of the ministry and how the government looks into these fields.
Internships they offer – Legislative Department internships
This internship program is with the Legislative Department and revolves around drafting the legislation for the government. A great “opportunity for final year students studying law”, the idea behind the internship is to motivate young candidates to take an active interest in drafting the legislation.
Duration of the internship – Variable – Between four to six weeks.
Last Date of application – Open throughout the year, candidates can apply for the internship at given point of time. However, only five candidates are selected at any given point of time to be a part of the internship program.
How to apply – Candidates can apply with the form available on their website and attach a letter of recommendation by the head of their institute, along with a statement of purpose to make their candidature powerful and valid. They can also mail the documents on firstname.lastname@example.org
Stipend – UNPAID
If you’re keen on other Law Internships, please look into our list of Top 5 Law Internships in India.
5. Internship with Directorate General of Foreign Trade
Involved with the implementation and formulation of the Foreign Trade Policy of India, the Directorate General of Foreign Trade interacts with government departments, trade bodies, exporters and various experts who can gauge and understand the changing trade scenario.
Internships they offer – Summer Internship and Winter Internship in DGFT
This set of government internships is aimed to collate good ideas from the world of academia, take relevant actions and introduce interns to the overall process of formulation of foreign trade policy and its implementation.
“Final year law students and recent graduates from courses of economics, finance, management and law”, can be a part of their internship program.
Duration of internship – The internship is offered in two sessions:
- Summer Internship – June and July
- Winter Internship – December and January
Last Date of application –
- For Summer Internship – 30 April of every year
- For Winter Internship – 31 October of every year
Stipend – Rs. 10,000 per month
6. Internship with Ministry of Corporate Affairs
The Ministry of Corporate Affairs monitors the companies in India and oversees their activities. It acts as a regulatory body for corporations and holds the right to implement company related acts.
Internships offered – Research-oriented internships
Their internship program is mainly for “students pursuing PG and research programs in economics, law, finance, commerce, management and IT. IT and Computer Science B, Tech final year can also be considered for the internship.”
The main agenda of the internship is to help the students understand the activities of the ministry at a close-up and the implementation of different policy measures by the officials.
Duration of internship – Two months (either June or July)
Last Date of application – The last date to apply for this internship is until the end of January.
How to apply – Student can apply for this internship by sending in their application to email@example.com.
Stipend – Rs.10,000 per month
7. Internship with Ministry of Finance
The Ministry of Finance oversees all important financial matters of the country – from taxation to union budgets and capital markets. How? It does this through five departments – Economic Affairs, Expenditure, Revenue, Disinvestment and Financial Services.
Internships offered – Internships with Department of Expenditure
To make students familiar with the financial and economic policies of the government, the Department of Expenditure has come up with this internship program that is open for all students pursuing “PG courses as well as 4th & 5th-year students of 5-year courses from economics, finance and management courses.”
Duration of internship – Variable – Two to six months.
Last Date of application – Candidates can apply for the internship by the 1st of the month preceding the month for which the internship application is intended. If someone wants to apply for an internship in March, then they should send in their application by 1st February.
How to apply – Applicants can fill the application forms and send in their CV by post.
Stipend – Rs. 10,000 per month
8. Internship with Competition Commission of India
The Competition Commission of India makes sure that all the objectives of the Competition Act, 2002, are met. It also ensures that practices which can potentially have an adverse effect on competition are removed and a healthy competitive environment is provided to protect the rights of the consumers.
Internships offered – CCI Internship Program
The internships offered by the Commission invite “students from economics, law, management and finance are recruited” to understand and familiarise themselves with the workings of the law, specifically competition law and policy.
Duration of internship – One Month
Last Date of application – The application should reach the office by the 1st of the preceding month for which application is intended. For an internship in March 2018, applicants should send in their application by 1st Feb 2018.
How to apply – Applicants will have to submit an application form accompanied by a synopsis on the topic on which they intend to research on (should be about a 1,000 words) and a letter of recommendation by any of the faculty member at the college. Mail these documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stipend – Rs. 10,000 per month
9. Internship with Ministry of Women and Child Development
The Ministry of Women and Child Development broke out of the shelter of the HRD Ministry to become a full-fledged ministry back in 2016. Since then, it has aimed itself towards addressing gaps in the state-level implementation of women and child-centric programs and getting ministries and sector to work on ‘gender equitable and child-centred legislation, policies and programmes’.
Internships offered – Intern with MWCD
Its internship program, which is meant for students from UG, PG and Research from any discipline/subject” works on letting the students understand the programs of the Ministry and the formulation of different policies.
Duration of internship –The duration of the internship will depend on the qualification of the applicant.
- 1 month – For the students currently pursuing a UG course in any subject/discipline
- 1 – 3 months – For the students who have completed their UG course in any subject/discipline
- 6 months – For the students who have already completed their PG course in any subject/discipline
Last Date of Application – The internship program is conducted in four different batches spread over the year. The notification about the concerned internships will be available on their website a month prior to the internship starts.
How to apply –Applicants can apply through the available link on their website.
Stipend – No Stipend
10. Internship with National Museum, Ministry of Culture
A division of the Ministry of Culture, The National Museum has been in operation since 1949, being keepers of over 5,000 years of historical artefacts and serves as a focal point for national identity. It does this by collecting objects of historical, cultural and artistic significance – and spreading knowledge about them.
Internship Offered – National Museum Internships
One of the most sought-after government internships, the Museum offers an internship program for “students who are pursuing UG and PG courses in anthropology, history, art history, archaeology, sciences, languages, museology, library sciences, sculpture and fine arts” and give them appropriate exposure to explore art and culture.
Duration of internship –The internship is offered in two sessions through the year.
- Summer Internship – Spreading over a period of 6, 9 and 12 months in the months of May, June and July.
- Winter Internship –Conducted over a period of , 9 and 12 months in the months December, January and February.
Last Date of Application –
- Summer internship – March 10 of every year
- Winter Internship – October 10 of every year
How to apply –Applicants need to fill in an application form and submit it along with their CV, Statement of Purpose (500-750 words) and a Cover Letter. Add a reference letter from any professor of their university and a copy of the student’s ID card. Send to email@example.com.
Stipend – No stipend
So, get ready to apply for these top government internships and once you are done, get ready to apply for some more interesting internships with Letsintern and explore all full-time internships and part-time internships available.