Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation Internship for Postgraduate/Research Students

Are you searching for internship opportunities in statistics? Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation(MoSPI) is conducting a summer internship for the postgraduate/research students of Statistics, Mathematical Statistics, Operations Research, etc. Read this article to get the details like eligibility criteria, selection process and procedures to fill the internship application of MoSPI Internship Scheme.

About MoSPI Internship Scheme

Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation(MoSPI) implements an Internship Scheme every year for the postgraduate and research students of the statistics field. The aim of the MoSPI internship scheme is to give knowledge to the students about the prevailing system of official statistics in India with respect to the data collection, processing & analysis, publication and dissemination needs. Also, the internship programme is designed in a way to create awareness among the students of Statistics, Mathematical Statistics, Operational Research and other fields of applied statistics about the Indian Statistical Service and Subordinate Statistical Service.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Candidates must be a citizen of India.
  2. Candidates should be pursuing their post-graduation or research degree from any recognized Indian Universities/Colleges/Research Institutes.
  3. Only candidates who are doing their postgraduate or research degree in Statistics, Mathematical Statistics, Operational Research, Economics, Demography or any of the applied fields of Statistics are eligible to apply for the MoSPI Internship Scheme.

Duration of the Internship

The total duration of the summer internship offered by the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation is 2 months from the date of joining.

Total intake

The total number of internship slots will vary for each academic year depending upon the requirements of the statistics department. Every year, the ministry will release an official announcement for their internship programme mentioning the internship topics and the vacant slots in each division and offices operating under the ministry. Eligible candidates can apply for the internship programme based on their area of interest.

Location of the Internship

MoSPI will conduct internships in their office located in New Delhi and in other parts of India. The offices that offer internships in New Delhi are the National Statistical Office(NSO), National Accounts Division(NAD), Social Statistics Division (SSD), Economic Statistics Division (ESD), Data Informatics & Innovation Division(DIID), Field Operations Division(FOD) and Directorate of Economics and Statistics(DES).

Other than New Delhi, the MoSPI internship opportunities will also be available at the Zonal/Regional offices, Survey Design and Research Division(SDRD), Data Processing Division(DPD) and Directorate of Economics and Statistics(DES) located in the other Indian States or Union Territories (excluding Delhi). Under the MoSPI Internship Scheme, candidates may get a chance to do an internship on official statistics with the Department/Offices of Central Ministries outside Delhi.

Areas of Internship

The statistics ministry of India conducts internship programmes in the following topics
  • National Accounts Statistics
  • Economic Statistics (including Index Numbers)
  • Information Technology for Official Statistics
  • Social Statistics
  • Public Policy
  • Survey Design
  • Data Processing
  • Official Statistical System
  • Health Statistics
  • Tourism Statistics
  • Industrial Statistics
  • Education Statistics
  • Agriculture Statistics
  • National Sample Survey Office(NSSO) Field Subjects such as ASI, AS, SE, UFS,MCPC, etc.

Note: The areas of internship may vary depending upon the requirements available at each center. The official announcement for the summer internship program for each academic year will list the complete vacancy details available at the offices/divisions of MoSPI under each internship topic.

How to apply

To apply for MoSPI Internship Scheme, interested and eligible candidates need to check the official internship announcement at the MoSPI portal and download the internship application form attached in the announcement document in a word format.

MoSPI will usually offer summer internships in two groups namely Group A and Group B. Candidates can see the group classification in the official announcement. Under Group A, the vacancies of the internship in the office located in the New Delhi will be listed and Group B will contain the vacancy list of the internship in the office located in all the other parts of India. A separate application form will be available for Group A and Group B. Candidates need to apply for either Group A or Group B and not both.

Candidates who are filling Group A form may give options for all/any topic as per the order of preference mentioned under Group A. Those who are filling Group B form have to restrict their choice only to NSSO (FOD) Zonal/Regional Office. However, such candidates can give their choices for all available offices in order of preference, if there is more than one office in the State capitals or any other places. MoSPI will never entertain the request for the change of place under any circumstances after the submission of the form.

While filling in the application form, applicants must clearly mention their name, date of birth, address, qualification, university/institute where the applicant is currently pursuing their PG/Research work and the areas of interest in the internship. Also, it is mandatory for the applicants to register on the National Career Service (NCS) portal ( and mention the NCS ID on the application form. Applicants should fix their recent passport size photo in the form duly attested by the Head of Institution/Department. An applicant must submit only one neatly typed application form in the prescribed format. To incorporate more details in the form, the applicants can enter the details in an extra sheet and attach it along with the form.

The filled-in application forms should be submitted via a post on or before the last date to the addresses mentioned in Annex for Group A and Group B. Along with the filled-in form, the applicants need to enclose the following documents
  1. A copy of the Under Graduation (B.Sc/B.A/ B. Com) mark sheets consisting of 3 years result/marks.
  2. A copy of the identity card issued by the university/college, where he/she is pursuing study/research work.
  3. If not given on the application form itself, a separate no objection letter from the Institute/Head of Department where the applicant is pursuing study indicating the status of study (class, year, university, etc).

Note: Applications submitted after the last date will be rejected. The Internship centres/Selection points will not be responsible for non-receipt or late receipt of application. All the fields in the form should be filled with correct details.

Selection process

The selection committee of MoSPI will scrutinize the submitted applications and select the interns based on the aggregate marks obtained in graduation. For the allocation of the internship office, along with the aggregate marks, the place option mentioned by the candidates in the form will be taken into account.

For Group A, the Training Unit of MoSPI will select the interns and for other internship centers located outside Delhi, the respective Regional Heads of Regional Offices(RO) of FOD for ROs, ZOs, DESs will be responsible for the selection of interns. For all internship centers at Kolkata, Data Processing Division (DPD) will be the selection center. In the case of State Capitals where more than one office is associated with the internship, the representative of all the offices involved will be part of the Selection Committee headed by the Head of the NSSO (FOD) Regional Office/ DDG (DPD-TC).

The selection points will analyze the application and will publish the final list of selected interns. All the selected applicants will be informed through e-mail. So, candidates are requested to mention the correct e-mail id in the application form. Also, the list of selected interns under Group-A will be published on the MoSPI website and for Group-B, the list will be published on the notice board of the respective offices.

Depending on the local circumstances, the internship centers will decide and inform the starting date of the internship program to the interns. All the selected interns will have to report to their respective internship centers/offices on the joining date. The Ministry will not provide accommodation, Travelling Allowance or Daily allowance for the interns during the internship program. The interns will have to make their own arrangements for their transport, lodging and boarding.

Role of Interns

Each intern will be assigned a guide or a nodal officer. The interns will have to work and do research on the project allotted to them on a specific topic. At the end of the internship program, each intern should submit a final report/paper (along with soft copy) including inter-alia, their observations and suggestions(if any).

During the internship program, the internship offices will give minimum logistics support such as a computer, internet, office space, etc. to the interns. Also, the interns will be given permission to access the Library/Office and interact with the concerned Division(s)/Officer through the guide.


On completion of the internship, the MoSPI will provide a stipend of Rs. 10,000/-( Rs.5000/- per month) to the interns. The stipend amount will be paid through the electronic mode of funds transfer/ Aadhaar Payments Bridge (APB)/Aadhaar Enabled Payment System (AEPS). No cash payments will be made. So, candidates should mention their bank account details clearly. Along with the stipend amount, the interns will also be given an internship completion certificate by the respective offices where the interns have successfully completed their internship. The intern who leaves or discontinues the internship scheme in between(i.e. before completion of 2 months) will not be given any stipend and certificate.

The ministry will pay an additional amount of Rs.250/-per day for the interns selected for NSSO (FOD) Zonal/Regional Offices so as to enable them to undertake field visits if required. The field visit should be in the nearby areas and it should not exceed a maximum of 10 days during the internship period of 2 months. Only the Head of respective Zonal/Regional Offices has the authority to make a decision regarding the field visits.

Note: The award of the internship should not be considered as any kind of job or assurances for any job in the Government of India.

Contact details

No inquiries will be entertained by offices other than designated offices and officers for receipt of applications/selection of candidates etc. To get the contact details of the designated selection points for internships offered under Group B visit the annex of the official announcement.

Mentioned below is the contact details of the training unit of MoSPI, New Delhi for the internships offered under Group A

Address: Training Unit, MoSPI,
3 rd Floor, Wing - C, Pushpa Bhawan,
Madangir Road, New Delhi - 110062
Phone: 011-29962921; 011-26054919

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Author: Umesh16 Sep 2020 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

This is one elaborate and informative article about the internship scheme by the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation for the students doing their postgraduate or research degree in Statistics, Mathematical Statistics, Operational Research, Economics, Demography or any of the applied fields of Statistics.

The eligible candidates should avail this great opportunity as the scheme is floated by the Ministry and over and above that they are offering a stipend/scholarship to the students. Another thing is doing an internship is always a big asset as it gives additional practical knowledge in one's core area and helps in hunting for the jobs much more easily. The area of Statistics and data compilation and presentation is gaining much importance recently as the crucial decisions in organisations and companies are based on them only. That is one main reason why companies are hiring data engineers and data scientists for these needs.

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