Wildlife Institute of India Internship Programme for Graduates and Postgraduates Students

Are you looking for an internship and interested in working in Wildlife conservation? Wildlife Institute of India provides an opportunity for an internship for the graduates and postgraduates students. Read this article to know the details of the internship programme of WII, eligibility criteria, application and selection process and benefits, etc.

About WII

The Wildlife Institute of India was established in 1982 to provide training facilities to the government and non-government personnel. Since then the institute is continuously engaged in carrying out the research and environmental and wildlife conservation activities. WII became an autonomous institute in April 1986 which enhanced its working capacity and growth. WII is committed to developing wildlife sciences and promotion of species conservation and develop wildlife resources to build the knowledge of students and other learners.

Internship Programme (IP) at WII

Wildlife Institute of India serves as a ground for the deserving candidates who will advance their research and academic endeavours. WII conduct many projects which offer students to participate in them and enhance their knowledge. The internship programme (IP) was started to attract motivated students to work in the field of wildlife, conservation. The main aim of the internship programme is to provide short-term exposure to the Students of UG and PG from various academic backgrounds in wildlife conservation so they can enhance their experience and practical knowledge in wildlife conservation under the guidance of a faculty member of WII.

Duration of Internship Programme: The internship programme at Wildlife Institute will be a maximum of 6 months duration.

Intake Capacity for internship: There will be 6 seats for the interns per year. WII advertise internship position on its website every year in January and July.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Any national can apply for an internship at WII.
  2. The students who are studying the UG, PG or higher level in recognized colleges, universities and institutions can apply for the internship programme.
  3. To start an internship at WII, application of the applicant must be duly forwarded by the Principal/Dean/ Registrar of their College/University/Institution.

Security Fee Deposit

At the time of admission to the internship programme in WII, the candidates will have to deposit a security fee or caution money. The security fee is refundable. The details of the security fee are as given below:
  • For Indian Students: Rs.1,000
  • Foreign students: US $25
The security deposit will be refunded when the intern will produce a 'No Dues Certificate' from all sections like a library, laboratory, hostel, and mess, etc. In case, if the candidate can't produce No Dues Certificate, the amount will be deducted from the security amount.

After security deposit, WII will issue an identity card to the students for the entire internship period.

Benefits to the Interns

Facilities Access: After joining the internship and depositing the caution money, the candidates may have access to computer and GIS facilities, laboratory, Herbarium, library and Documentation centre of the WII. In the library, the candidate can be issued a maximum of two documents at a time. Photocopying charges in the library will have to be borne by the intern as per the current rate of the library.

Supervision: The interns will work under the guidance of the faculty member of WII. However, a faculty member will supervise only one candidate in an Academic year.

Stipend: No stipend will be paid to the interns.

Logistic Support: The WII will give only access to computer labs and internet facilities, but candidates will have to bring their laptops.

Hostel Facility

Hostel facility is available at Wildlife Institute of India and interns can apply for the hostel accommodation facility. A separate application format is available for it, which must be submitted. The intern will have to pay a hostel fee of Rs.500 monthly. Apart from this, mess bill and other boarding charges will be paid by the interns.

Facilitation by WII

The Wildlife Institute will facilitate the students for the procurement of the necessary permissions and required documents for their field visits. WII will also help to liaise with the concerned Forests Department. The cost incurred in this process will be borne by the intern. The candidate will have to pay the expense on travel, boarding and lodging occurred in their field visits. WII will not issue any equipment to the candidates. With foreign students, they will have to arrange on their grant of visa for travel and stay in India.

Medical Facility

No medical facility will be provided to the interns by the institute and Institute will not be responsible for any mishaps or casualty occurred during field visitor staying at the campus. The candidate will have to give an undertaking in a prescribed format for it as well. Therefore, the candidates may get their individual medical, accidental or life insurance. Further, there is no provision of reimbursement of medical bills for interns.

How to Apply

  1. The candidates who wish to join the internship at WII must visit the official website for availability of internship and apply in the prescribed format available on the website.
  2. The application must be filled carefully and annexed with the requisite documents and recommendation letter of the Head of the Institute from the candidate's academic institution.
  3. The applicant must provide a statement of research interest in about 500 words showing the proposed work during the internship.
  4. The filled-in application in hard copy must be sent by post well in advance to the start date of the internship to the following address:
    • Dean Faculty of Wildlife
      Sciences, Wildlife Institute of India,
      P.O. Box 18, Chandrabani, Dehra Dun–248001

Selection Procedure

Only hardworking and sincere candidates with good research aptitude and analytical skills will be selected for this programme. Selection of the intern will be done by the WII after the scrutiny of the application received. The scrutiny will be carried out by the Selection Committee comprising the Dean, Research Coordinator and two scientists which will be formed as per the decision of the Director, WII. The selection committee will review the applications and sent their recommendations to the Director, WII, for approval. Candidates will be informed about their selection by the WII.

No Dues Certificate

On completion of the internship, the candidates will take a "No Dues Certificate" from the library and other departments and submit one copy of their report to the Institute's library and concerned supervisor.

Certificate of Internship

At the end of the internship, the intern will have to submit a comprehensive report of work done. Upon satisfactory completion of the internship, the Dean, FWS, Wildlife Institute of India will issue a certificate to the intern on the recommendation of the concerned faculty member. Please note that certificate will not be issued in case of any pending dues.


The candidates must follow the rules and regulations of WII. The candidate will be responsible for the right conduct. Their admission will be cancelled if found any misconduct during the internship period. Further, the Director, WII will have all the rights reserve to amend or remove any rule and regulation and he will be the final authority to terminate the internship in case of defaulter students.

Contact Information

  1. Dr Bitapi C. Sinha
    Research Coordinator
    Email: bcs@wii gov.in
  2. Dr Y.V. Jhala
    Dean Faculty of Wildlife Science
    Email: jhalay@wii.gov.in
  3. Address: Wildlife Institute of India,
    P.O. Box 18, Chandrabani,
    Dehra Dun–248001
    Uttarakhand, India
    E-mail: wii@wii.gov.in
    Telephone: +91 135 2640114 - 15, 2646100
    Fax: +91 135 2640117
    Website: www.wii.gov.in

Important Links:
Internship Webpage: https://wii.gov.in/opportunities
Internship Guidelines and Application Form: https://wii.gov.in/images/guidelines_internship.pdf

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