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Government Internships in India

Government departments are an exciting place to begin your career and offer a range of opportunities for recent graduates. These career paths provide job security and growth opportunities, and finding the right internship gives you a chance to understand the way a government department works while forming a network of professionals and mentors who will support you in your future learning. 

Opportunities can be paid or unpaid.

Here are some of the most popular government internships for graduates:

  •  Internship with NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India)
  • Internship with Ministry of External Affairs
  • Internship with Reserve Bank of India
  • Internship with Ministry of Finance
  • Internship with Ministry of Corporate Affairs
  • Internship with Department of Telecom, BSNL, MTNL, TEC, CDOT, TRAI
  • The Woman Internship Programme of CARE India
  • Internships at PRS Legislative Research
  • Internship with Ministry of Women and Child Development
  • Internship with Serious Fraud Office
  • Swachh Bharat Summer Internship
  • Digital India Internship Scheme
  • National Productivity Council Internship
  • Internship with Ministry of Law and Justice
  • Internship with Directorate General of Foreign Trade

Why choose a government internship

An internship is an opportunity to gain practical and first-hand experience of what it’s like to follow a career in government. It also helps you put the learning you have gained at university to practical use.

An internship also provides a pathway into a more permanent position. This is an opportunity for you to focus, do a great job, build relationships and show the department or agency that you can be a valuable team member in the future. 

Four ways to create a winning graduate application

Putting together an application form which stands out from the competition will help you score your dream internship. Here are four important ways to ensure you meet the application criteria and appeal to top government employers. 

  1. Personalise your application and use the right language

Generic language which could be sent to any department and shows little effort usually gets sent to the bin. You’re better off submitting a thoughtful, tailored application to one department than submitting a generic ‘send to all’ application to ten departments.

  1. SHOW your achievements

Give examples of how you have excelled in your studies and extracurricular activities. Describes how you could use these skills and apply them to your role as an intern. 

  1. Focus on the requirements and ADDRESS THEM

If the job description requires an ability to file, retrieve, shelve and physically organise materials in a high-volume environment, you need to specifically address this in your application. Discuss ways you have successfully done this in the past, and express your intention to learn fast when it comes to aspects you may not have experience with. 

  1. Pay attention to jargon

If a job description requires an ‘ability to rapidly acquire’ skills, you need to talk about the fact that you’re a fast learner. If you need a ‘thorough knowledge of’ something, it’s important to discuss your education and practical training in the area. 

Learn more about how to appeal to government recruiters here

Though the process may seem daunting, an internship with a government agency in India offers plenty of valuable job skills and a pathway to rewarding, permanent employment.