NITI Aayog Internship Scheme 2024

NITI Aayog Internship Scheme 2024 – Applications Invited Online

A-12013/01/2016-Adm. 1B
Government of India
(NITI Aayog)

Subject :- NITI Internship Scheme

In supersession of the previous guidelines dated 03-10-2017, NITI Aayog announces the revised NITI Internship Scheme. This Scheme seeks to engage students pursuing Under Graduate / Graduate / Post Graduate Degrees or are Research Scholars enrolled in recognized University/Institution within India or abroad, as “interns”. These ‘interns”
shall be given exposure to various Verticals/ Divisions/Units within NITI Aayog and would be expected to supplement the process of analysis within NITI Aayog through empirical collection and collation of in-house and other information. For the ” Interns” the exposure to the functioning of the Indian Government may be an add-on in furthering their future interests.

The internship will be on unpaid basis.

The Scheme

3.1 Name of the Scheme: The NITI Internship Scheme.

3.2 Purpose: To allow short-term exposure of “selected candidates ” with the different Verticals/ Divisions/Units of NITI Aayog, Government of India as ‘Interns’. A list of domain areas for which Internship is invited is enclosed as Annexure ‘A’

3.3 Objectives of the Scheme: The Scheme has the following stated objectives:

a. To allow young academic talent to be

associated with the NITI Aayog’s work for mutual benefit.

b. The “Interns” shall have an opportunity to learn about the Government functioning and Developmental Policy issues in the Government of India and contribute to the Policy formulation by generating policy inputs such as empirical analysis, briefing reports, policy papers, etc.

3.4 Internship:

(i) Internships shall be available throughout the year based on the requirements of NITI Aayog.

(ii) Eligibility: Bonafide students of any recognized university or institution within India or abroad, fulfilling the following conditions, are eligible to apply for the internship:

  • a. Under-graduate students who have completed/appeared in the term-end exams of the second year (4th semester) of their bachelor’s degree course and secured not less than 85% or equivalent marks in 12th class.
  • b. Graduate students who have completed/appeared in the term-end exams of the first year (2nd semester) of their postgraduate program or are pursuing research/PhD and secured not less than 70% or equivalent marks in graduation.
  • c. Students who have appeared in the final exam or just completed graduation/PG and are waiting for admission to higher studies may also be considered for the internship, provided that:
    • They have secured 70% or more cumulative marks in all the years/semesters of their graduation/post-graduation up to the date of application.
    • The period between the month of declaration of the final exam result and the desired month of internship should not exceed six months (e.g., if the result is declared in the month of June, the internship should begin by December at the latest).

(iii) Period: The period of internship shall be at least six weeks but not exceeding six months. Interns not completing the requisite period will not be issued any certificate.

(iv) Experience Certificate: A certificate regarding the successful completion of the internship will be issued by the Adviser of the concerned Subject Division in the enclosed format at Annexure ‘B’.

3.5 Logistics & Support: Interns will be required to have their own laptops. NITI Aayog will provide them with working space, internet facilities, and other necessities as deemed fit by the concerned Heads.

3.6 Procedure and Conditions for Applicants:
Interested applicants may apply online only via the link indicated on the NITI Aayog website from the 1st to the 10th of every month. Applications can be submitted up to six months in advance but no later than two months before the desired internship start date. For instance, if an applicant wants to join an internship program commencing in April 2019, they can apply from October 2018 to February 2019. Applications will only be valid for the desired month.

(ii) Applicants must also clearly indicate the area of interest.
(iii) A candidate can apply for an internship only once during a financial year.
(iv) Applications from those who do not fulfill the eligibility conditions will be automatically rejected by the system.
(v) The selected applicant must produce original mark sheets and a NOC from their college or institution at the time of joining; failure to do so will result in the cancellation of their candidature.

3.7 Procedure for Selection and Other Modalities of the Scheme:
(i) All applications received online will be made available online to the concerned Heads of Verticals/Units/Divisions and OSDs/Senior Consultants/Consultants in NITI Aayog for further scrutiny and selection of eligible candidates.
(ii) Heads of Verticals/Divisions/Units may take a maximum of three interns for an internship at a time. This number may be relaxed beyond three with the permission of the CEO, NITI Aayog. The decision of the Adviser regarding the suitability of a candidate as an intern shall be final and binding.
(iii) The selected candidates may be asked by the vertical/division to submit a soft copy of their NOC from their Head of Department/Principal with sufficient time provided before the issuance of the offer letter by the vertical head. The NOC must also state that the student will not be registered for any course requiring their attendance in class during the internship period. The vertical/division must obtain the original NOC issued by the college or institution at the time of joining the candidate and verify their eligibility from the original documents. If any discrepancy is found, the candidate’s candidature will be canceled by the vertical.
(iv) The concerned vertical/division will upload the list of selected candidates on NITI Aayog’s website.
(v) Depending on the number of applications received for a particular domain/area, NITI Aayog reserves the right to set eligibility criteria, limit the number of applicants for a specific period, and decide on the mode of screening.
(vi) The concerned heads of Verticals/Divisions/Units and OSDs/Senior Consultants/Consultants will be personally responsible for ensuring that the work program and output mutually agreed upon with the intern are satisfactorily completed. Interns must submit a brief report/paper at the end of their assignment to the heads of the concerned Verticals/Divisions/Units and OSDs/Senior Consultants/Consultants about their learning experience.
(vii) Seminars or presentations may be conducted by the concerned Heads of particular Verticals/Divisions/Units and OSDs/Senior Consultants/Consultants for their interns.

3.8 Attendance – While doing an internship at NITI Aayog, the candidate should maintain a minimum of 75% attendance and must mark in and out time daily. If the attendance falls below 75%, no extension of the internship period will be allowed, and no experience certificate will be issued. The attendance record and details of work supervision shall be maintained by the Heads of the Verticals/Divisions/Units and OSDs/Senior Consultants/Consultants.

3.9 It must be strictly observed that the conduct of the interns and their access to data shall be the sole responsibility of the concerned Advisers/Heads of Verticals only.

3.10 Scheme Review – NITI Aayog reserves the right to review the scheme at any time. The revised scheme will be placed on the website of NITI Aayog.

3.11 Relaxation – The CEO of NITI Aayog will have the power to relax any of the conditions mentioned above for any deserving candidate.

4. This is issued with the approval of the Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog.

Annexure “A”:

Domains/Areas Available for Internship

  1. Agriculture
  2. Data Management and Analysis
  3. Economics
  4. Education/Human Resources Development
  5. Energy Sector
  6. Foreign Trade/Commerce
  7. Governance
  8. Health, Nutrition, Women & Child Development
  9. Industry
  10. Infrastructure Connectivity
  11. Mass Communications and Social Media
  12. Mining Sector
  13. Natural Resources, Environment & Forests
  14. Programme Monitoring and Evaluation
  15. Project Appraisal and Management
  16. Public Finances/Budget
  17. Public-Private Partnership
  18. Rural Development and SDGs
  19. Science and Technology
  20. Skill Development & Employment
  21. Social Justice and Empowerment
  22. Sports and Youth Development
  23. Tourism and Culture
  24. Urbanization/Smart City
  25. Water Resources

Last date: 10th June 2024

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