The Ministry of External Affairs of India invites applications from budding scholars to familiarize themselves with the process of formulation of foreign policy and its implementation by the Government of India.
About the internship
Interns shall report to and work under close supervision of the concerned Head of Division (HOD) or Head of Mission (HOM)/Head of Post (HOP). They may be required to conduct research, write reports, analyze evolving developments, or carry out any other task entrusted to them by the HOD/HOM/HOP.
Internship programme for MEA Headquarters is open to Indian citizens only. 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, 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 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.
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.
Approximately thirty interns will be engaged by the Ministry at a given point in time. Up to two interns may be engaged by Missions/Posts abroad.
Location /Remuneration /Certificate of Internship
The internship will happen within the premises of Ministry/Mission/Posts and interns will require to work only on-site. Necessary logistical support will be provided to interns. There will be no financial remuneration paid to the interns. On successful completion, the administration division will issue an certificate based on the recommendation from the concerned head.
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 and
[email protected] may be addressed to Under Secretary (FSP) at with a copy to
For internship in Indian Missions/Posts, applicants may send their applications to the Head of Chancery by post, at the Mission/Post’s address.
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.
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