Internship at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: cash details, allowance and how to apply

  • Each year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organizes internships of six months in two terms.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the online application for Quarter 2 is not yet open and the ministry will announce the dates soon.
  • The ministry will select 30 interns with a monthly stipend of 10,000 per month.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (AEM) holds an internship opportunity for aspiring academics every year to get acquainted with the process of foreign policy formulation and its implementation by the Indian government.

The duration of the internship is six months, offered in two terms – trimester 1 (January to June) and trimester 2 (July to December).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the online application for Quarter 2 is not yet open and the ministry will announce the dates soon. Interested applicants can keep an eye on their
official site.

The ministry will select 30 interns and these will report to and work under the close supervision of the relevant Head of Division (HOD). They may be required to carry out research, write reports, analyze evolving developments or perform any other task assigned to them by the HOD.

All interns will receive a monthly stipend of 10,000 per month. Applicants should report to the Delhi office during their internship. The ministry will cover the travel expenses of the applicants abroad who will need to travel to Delhi from their home state.

Eligibility criteria for the internship –

1. All applicants must be Indian citizens.

2. The maximum age limit for applicants is 25 as of December 31 of the year of the internship.

3. Applicants must have at least a graduate degree from a recognized university.

4. Applicants from these states are only eligible for the opportunity –

Term 1 – Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu , Delhi.

Term 2 – Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Punjab, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, Pondicherry.

5. 30 to 50% of the seats are reserved for women candidates.

Selection procedure

  1. The weighting of the applications will be based on the academic performance assessed by the percentage of marks obtained in Plus Two and the final exams.
  2. The number of candidates called for an interview will be three times the number of trainees to be selected.
  3. Candidates selected from the merit lists will be invited for personal online interviews.
  4. If any selected candidates withdraw, the next candidates on the merit list will be given the opportunity.
  5. An intern may choose to terminate the internship by giving one week’s notice to the ministry.

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