A comprehensive review of the Ministry’s internship policy published in August 2016 has been undertaken with an aim to bring in more focus on MEA; provide more value to the interns; ensure better gender inclusivity and increase diversity in terms of qualifications and domicile amongst the cohort of interns engaged by the Ministry. No change in existing policy for internships at Missions / Posts abroad is proposed under this review.
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Internships at MEA headquarters shall be open to Indian citizens with a minimum educational qualification of a graduate degree from a recognized university and a maximum age of 25 years as of 31 December of the year of internship.
Every year, internships will be offered in two terms of six months each viz. January – June and July – December.
A maximum of thirty interns will be engaged by the Internship Opportunity at Ministry of External Affairs during each term. Each intern will be engaged for a maximum period of three months.
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An honorarium of INR 10,000 per month will be paid to each intern to defray basic costs. Cost of one-time to and fro air travel subject to a ceiling of the prevailing economy class airfare between the State capital and Delhi, from the domicile State or from the college/university of the selected candidates will be provided. The interns would be responsible for their board and lodging in Delhi during the period of their internship.