Summer/Winter Internship opportunities at National Human Rights Commission(NHRC), India

The National Human Rights Commission(NHRC), India is conducting Summer and Winter Internships for the LL.B, LL.M, M.S.W students. It also provides internship opportunities for M.A- Human Rights, Political Science, Public Administration, Rural Development, Social Sciences, etc. Read this article and get details like eligibility criteria, selection process and the procedures on how to submit the internship application form of NHRC, India.

About NHRC

The National Human Rights Commission(NHRC) of India was started in the year 1993. It is an embodiment of India's concern for the promotion and protection of human rights. The organization's focus is to promote Human Rights literacy and awareness. NHRC has received its 'A' status of accreditation in the year 1999 and is still retaining the status with the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions(GANHRI). To spread Human Rights literacy and to sensitize people belonging to various sections of society on all aspects relating to human rights, the organization delivers training programmes, workshops, internships and research. NHRC is also conducting a lot of research projects on Human Rights, Violence, Custodial Justice, etc.

Internships offered by NHRC

Since the goal of NHRC is to create awareness among the people about Human Rights, the commission organizes Summer and Winter Internship Programmes every year for college students. The Summer Internship Programme(SIP) and the Winter Internship Programme(WIP) of NHRC are structured in a way to spread awareness about the need for protection and promotion of Human Rights.


The duration of both the Summer and Winter Internship Programmes is 1 month(30 days). The summer internship will usually happen from May to June and the winter internship will happen from December to January every year.

Who can apply

Students who satisfy the below mentioned eligibility requirements can apply for the SIP and WIP of NHRC.
  1. Students who are pursuing their 2nd or 3rd year of a 3-year LL.B degree course can apply.
  2. Students who are studying the LL.M course can apply.
  3. Students who are pursuing their 4th or 5th year of 5-year degree course on BA LL.B, B.B.A LL.B, etc are eligible to apply.
  4. Final year students who are pursuing their regular degree courses from the UGC Recognized Indian Universities in the following disciplines can apply for the internship programmes.
  5. The students who are applying for the internship programmes must have scored a minimum of 65% marks in their Class XII board examination.
  6. All categories of students can apply for internships. Reservation for SC/ST/OBC category will be applied.
  7. Students who satisfy the above mentioned educational qualification from all the Indian states and Union Territories are eligible to apply
  8. Students who have attended the regular one month Summer/Winter Internship Programmes organized by NHRC earlier are not eligible to apply.

How to apply

For the summer and winter internship programmes, the commission will release an announcement or notification at the official website of NHRC during every academic year. The internship application form will be available at Annexure-I attached along with the official announcement.

To apply for the SIP and WIP, candidates have to first download the internship application form and the undertaking form available at Annexure-I and Annexure-II of the official announcement. The forms should be duly filled by the candidates in the proper format. The filled-in applications should be signed and sealed by the Head of the Department (HOD) of the college/university where the candidate is studying.

Along with the filled-in application form, the candidates will have to submit the following documents. All the xerox copies of the documents attached along with the application should be attested by the HOD where the candidate is currently studying.

Documents to be attached along with the application form
  1. Filled in undertaking form
  2. A 500 words write-up (hand-written only) on the topic "Reason for joining as Intern in NHRC"
  3. Attested photocopies of Marksheets for each and every year/semester for all the preceding years from Class XII onwards.
  4. Attested copy of the Physically Handicapped certificate(if applicable)
  5. Attested copy of caste certificate

The filled-in application form in the prescribed proforma (Annexure-I) duly forwarded by HODs along with the enclosures should be sent via a post on or before the last date to the following address. The envelope containing the internship application and documents should be superscribed as " Application for SIP/WIP- Academic Year".

Address: SRO(Training), National Human Rights Commission, Manavadhikar Bhawan, Block-C, GPO Complex, I.N.A., New Delhi-110023.

Note: Incomplete application form will be rejected. NHRC will not accept the applications submitted without the attested copies of mark sheets and other necessary documents. The filled-in application forms without the signature of the HOD and college seal will also be rejected. Applications must be sent via post. The submission of internship applications through e-mails will not be entertained. The application submitted after the deadline will be summarily rejected.

Selection process

The NHRC will select the candidates for the internship programmes based on the merit. The internship application submitted along with the necessary documents will be analyzed and evaluated by the commission. The merit list will be prepared based on the marks of the candidates in class XII, graduation and Write-up of 500 words. The merit calculation will be for a total of 100 marks.( Class XII-30 Marks, Graduation-30 Marks, Write-Up-40 marks). The applicants will be selected based on their merit scores.

The final list of selected Interns will be displayed on the NHRC website. The candidates will have to report to the venue of the internship program on the date specified by the NHRC. For the selected interns outside New Delhi, the organization will give traveling allowance for Ordinary Second-Class Train Fare to New Delhi and back to their place of study through the shortest route. On the date of arrival, the selected interns will have to complete their registrations. The interns will be then provided with a Kit/Bag containing NHRC reading material and a temporary identity card.

The Course structure of the Internship

For the SIP and WIP, the NHRC follows a course structure covering the various aspects of human rights issues. At first, the interns will get opportunities to interact with the Hon'ble Chairperson and the members of NHRC. During the internship program, the interns will have to attend classroom sessions, do a book review from NHRC Library and have to complete project work on Human Rights issues.

To get a detailed knowledge of Human Rights, the NHRC shows films on issues such as Child Labour, Anti Trafficking, mental health, etc to the interns. After watching the film, the commission encourages the interns to discuss the various human rights issues and expects them to derive solutions for such issues.

Also, as a part of the internship program, the interns will be taken for field visits to Police stations, Jail, NGOs, Juvenile Home and Old Age Home. During the field visit, the interns will be exposed to various human rights issues/problems and will also be given a chance to observe and interact with the Police officers, Jail authorities, Elderly people in the old age home and Children in Juvenile home.

The interns will have to attend the programme daily without any break. NHRC expects punctuality and discipline from the interns. The daily attendance of the interns will be marked in an attendance sheet. NHRC also provides permission for the interns to use their facilities such as the library, computer and internet. During the internship program, the interns will have to deliver a project presentation and submit a project report, a book review and a field visit report. On the eve of Valediction Day of the Internship Programme, the interns will have to organize a cultural programme.

Stipend and Certificate

All the selected interns will be given a stipend amount of Rs. 8,000/- after the successful completion of their internship program. Also, NHRC presents a prize amount of Rs. 25,000/- to the interns who are placed in first, second and third positions in the order of merit.

Along with the stipend, on completion of the internship, NHRC will also issue an internship competition certificate to the interns on the basis of their performance. NHRC will analyze the performance of the interns considering the criteria such as Attendance, Punctuality, Discipline, active participation in classroom session, debate, project report and presentation, Field Visit Reports and Book Review.

Contact details

For any details regarding the internship programmes, candidates can contact 011–24663283, 24663371 (between 10.00 am to 6.00 pm on all aworking days, i.e. Monday to Friday).

Address: National Human Rights Commission,
Manavadhikar Bhawan, Block-C,
GPO Complex, I.N.A., New Delhi-110023.

LL.B and LL.M students who wish to do an internship with stipend can apply for the law internships at the National Judicial Academy (NJA) India.


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