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Internship Opportunity at Ministry of External Affairs (MEA- Foreign Services) [1-6 Months, 32 Interns]: Apply Now

Applications are invited for Internship Opportunity at Ministry of External Affairs (MEA- Foreign Services) for the year 2021. Online applications are open on the official website.

The internship programme provides an excellent opportunity for budding scholars to familiarize themselves with the process of formulation of foreign policy and its implementation by the Government of India.


Internship programme for MEA Headquarters is open to Indian citizens only. OCI card holders will also be considered. Interested Indian citizens, OCI card holders and foreign nationals may apply for internship in Indian Missions and Posts abroad. An intern may be required to work on-site (within Ministry’s premises) or off-site.

Off-site internship is not available in Missions/Posts. Candidates for on-site internship should possess a Graduate degree or equivalent before the commencement of internship. Students who are enrolled in a five-year course and have completed three years of the course before commencement of internship may also apply.

However, for off-site internships, those enrolled in an undergraduate course in any stream are also eligible to apply. Preference will be given to applicants having an excellent academic track record and to research scholars.


Internship can start at any time of the year and shall be for a period of one to six months. Extension, in exceptional cases, may be granted to a case-to-case basis for intern at MEA Headquarters only.


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 Query, if any, may be addressed to Under Secretary (FSP) at with a copy to Applications duly filled in and complete in all respect with required documents should reach at least one month before the commencement of the internship.

For internship in Indian Missions/Posts, applicants may send their applications to the Head of Chancery by post, at the Mission/Post’s address.

Support/ Benefit

The Ministry shall have the discretion to engage interns on-site or off-site. Thus, an intern may be required to work from within the Ministry’s premises or from outside. Necessary logistical support will be provided to on-site interns taking into account the functional requirements. No financial remuneration shall be paid to the interns. Internship programme shall neither be an employment nor the assurance of any employment with the Ministry.

Roles & Responsibilities

The internship programme includes attachment with one of the Divisions in the Ministry. In addition, the internship programme at MEA Headquarters shall include:

  • A briefing session with Administration Division on the structure and functioning of the Ministry;
  • Visit to Foreign Service Institute;
  • Session with External Publicity and Public Diplomacy Division;
  • Session with Investment & Technology Promotion and Energy Security Division;
  • Session with Consular, Visa and Passport Division;
  • Session with Central Passport Organization;
  • Session with Protocol Division;
  • Visit to ICCR;
  • Visit to MEA Library; etc.

Number of Interns

Not more than thirty on-site interns will be engaged by the Ministry at a given point in time. Up to two interns may be engaged by Missions/Posts abroad.

Click here to view the official notification of Internship Opportunity at Ministry of External Affairs (MEA- Foreign Services).

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