Internship Opportunity

NCI welcomes applicants for its 2019 Summer Internship Programme!

Primary purpose of the internship

The internship opportunity is primarily to support NCI in its summer programmes and in its communication and visibility programme. In 2019 NCI will be running four summer programmes and the intern will primarily be supporting NCI in the management of the same.

You can find the pdf of the poster here: NCI Summer Internship Programme 2019.

Key Responsibilities

The description of key responsibilities is described below:

  • Act as liaison between students and our Indian partners, and accordingly, report to the supervisor about possible issues. This will be accomplished by the intern participating in classroom activities and field trips etc. Acting as liasion between students and our Indian partners includes providing assistance to students and our Indian partners in cases of health emergencies, etc.
  • Provide weekly reports based on weekly feedback from students (feedback structure already developed)
  • Post photos and videos on FB of interesting activities, lectures by high profile resource persons, fieldtrips, recreational activities, etc.
  • Moderate the FB closed groups for the programmes
  • Assist in furthering NCI’s communication and visibility strategy under the direction of the supervisor
  • Assist in more efficiently reaching out to member universities by identifying stakeholders beyond NCI’s present network

The intern will work in close cooperation and under the supervision of the Acting Director of NCI and will be stationed at NCI’s Delhi office during the entire period of the internship.

Requirements for applying

  • Must be registered as a student with a NCI member university
  • Minimum 2 years of university education. Students in the final year of their Bachelor degree are encouraged to apply.
  • Experience in terms of travelling abroad (preferably developing countries) for a study abroad programme, internship and/or fieldwork
  • English speaking proficiency (Proficiency in two Nordic languages in addition will be an advantage)
  • Motivation letter
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Experience in working with WordPress along with experience in media and communication will be an advantage

What NCI will provide

NCI will provide for the intern’s travel to and from India and local official travel. The intern will be provided housing in either the NCI residence at Delhi or at a university partner guest house. The intern will be provided with a work station at the NCI Delhi residence. The intern will be assisted in applying for the visa to India in terms of providing the necessary paperwork. The intern is expected to be insured for the duration of her stay. NCI will not be providing any monetary support for the internship. On successful completion of the internship NCI will provide a certificate for the same and a recommendation letter.


Interested applicants are encouraged to direct all queries to:

Christabel Royan
Acting Director, Nordic Centre in India

Interested applicants can send in their application to:

Lise Hansen, NCI Secretariat

Time period of internship: 25th June to 25th August, 2019

The deadline for receiving applications is April 30th, 2019

Summer Internship 2017 – Mirna Aho

A communication student from Finland, Mirna Aho, had the chance to work for NCI in summer 2017. During a two month long internship she truly got to experience the Incredible India.

-I wanted to do my internship abroad to gain more international experience. Before I traveled to India I was really excited and just trying to prepare myself for basically everything… I thought that it was better to think that anything can happen.

In the end Mirna was extremely happy she decided to take advantage of the opportunity to work in India.

-NCI is a very flexible organization and the management is open to all new ideas and proposals. I got to develop their communication strategy together with other staff members and this gave me excellent experience for future reference.

Besides working Mirna had a chance to travel around in India. She got to observe the summer programmes in big South India cities Bangalore and Hyderabad. She also travelled to Goa and (of course) to see Taj Mahal.

Spring Internship 2018 – Olli Peltola

Working for the Nordic Centre in India I was quite un-supervised and that enabled me to work in my own pace, which I found very calm and peaceful. The working environment at the New Delhi office was also very peaceful. I got most of my tasks directly from Ms. Christabel Royan, and she also was continuously making sure that I was doing well. I accompanied Ms. Royan on her visits to our current/potential partner institutions and got to see the educational system of India as a bigger picture. These visits I enjoyed tremendously and it made me feel like a part of something bigger. This was my first time going on official visits like these and it taught me many things. I also made lot of contacts in India because of this and I know that the next time I’m going to visit India, I have a lot of people that can help me around (most notably Ms. Royan).

Summer Internship 2018 – Jukka Karjalainen

The summer internship at NCI was such an eye-opening experience for me even as a student majoring in Hindi language and South Asian studies. Not only did I have the chance to visit India for the first time and live there for two months, but I also got valuable insights into Indian working culture and academic life.

The NCI office and residence is located in Delhi, a multi-faceted and diverse capital city where traditional and modern ways of life coexist side by side everywhere. There is so much history and greenery all around, not to mention skyscrapers and shopping mall complexes. Luckily the neighbourhood of Nizamuddin East is a leafy and calm haven where you can always retreat to peace and quiet if the hustle and bustle of the city becomes too much. Besides staying in Delhi, I had a chance to travel in many parts of India as a part of the internship. I didn’t even expect to get to visit so many places and NCI partners before my internship! All the travel allows you to have an even more comprehensive view of the country and its vast diversity and plurality.

The staff at the NCI is friendly, welcoming, and top-notch! Especially Acting Director Ms. Christabel Royan made sure that all the practical arrangements are in place before the internship. As this was my first visit to India, I didn’t know what to expect of the two months. However, Ms. Royan with the rest of the staff made their best to make me feel comfortable and safe. As NCI is a small organization, there is a lot of independent work. Yet it becomes really rewarding when you can really make a difference and see how your work helps to make NCI go forward. This really motivated me to work diligently as my work truly mattered for the organization, I had a chance to improve my working skills and got continuous feedback on my progress.

I am so very grateful for my experience as the NCI Summer Activity Manager, and I would like to encourage anyone with an interest towards India to apply. You are going to experience and learn so many things about India and yourself!