Guidelines for Internship Programme

1. Background :
In order to attract motivated and talented students & other interested individuals to work in the fields of conservation, the WWF-India has initiated an Internship Programme (IP). The objective of the internship programme is two fold viz
  1. to provide a framework by which graduate and post-graduate students, from diverse academic backgrounds may work in the organization for a short period of time to enhance their educational experience through practical work assignment; and 
  2. to provide the different institutes staff members with the assistance of highly motivated and talented students to execute work in key thematic areas in wildlife conservation. Under IP, interns with good analytical and research aptitude and capable of hard and diligent work under the guidance of Institute’s faculty will be selected.
2. Eligibility:
  1. Students studying in recognized colleges, universities and institutions of higher learning are eligible to apply for the Internship Programme.
  2. Applications for the Internship Programme must be duly forwarded by the Principal/Dean/Registrar of the College/University/Institution, in which the student is currently studying.
  3. A commitment of at least one month internship and full time work from the intern.
3. Documents to be submitted by the Interns:
  1. External Documents:
    (i) A letter from the college /institution for internship;
    (ii) Statement of intent indicating proposed work;
    (iii) A resume showing academic accomplishments, work experience, language studies, volunteer experience etc. Please include the email address and tel. numbers.
  2. Internal Documents:
    (i) The recommendation of the concerned HoD at WWF, taking the intern
    (ii) Terms of Reference for the project.
4. Duration:
The duration of the internship will be :
Minimum period : 1 month
Maximum period : 6 months.

5. Identity Card:
The intern will be issued a visitor card at reception, on a daily basis for the duration of Internship.

6. Access to Facilities:
Candidates will be eligible to have access to computer and library. The cost of photocopying for personal papers will have to be borne separately as per the prevailing rate of the Library.

7. Facilitation:
  1. For the specified and approved field visits, as part of the internship work, the HoD will facilitate the procurement of necessary permission and other documents and will liaise with the concerned Forest Departments or any other Agency or institution. However, the costs/expenses on travel, lodging and board and field expenses for project work, if any will have to be borne by WWF.
  2. There will be a person, mentor or Divisional Head responsible for each Intern, so detailed by the Division concerned. He/ She will be authorized for approving their travel, leave etc.
  3. Candidates admitted to WWF-India for above mentioned internship will not normally be issued any equipment. If for any purpose, the equipment is issued to them, the same is to be well used and returned to WWF-India in good condition.
  4. WWF-India will not be responsible for any casualty/mishap including any type of accident and resultant death or injury to body or any other type of loss of property etc, to the candidate while staying at WWF-India office or in field or during tour/transit. A bond to this effect has to be filled and signed by the intern, the format of which will be available with HR Division.
  5. WWF-India will not provide any medical facility to the above interns. It is advised that the interns may obtain their individual insurance (life, accident and medical) to cover any exigencies. No medical bill of the intern(s) will be reimbursed by the organization.
8. Conduct:
  1. The intern will have to give an undertaking in a prescribed format for any loss, damage or mishap happening to the intern himself/herself while working at the office or field or during tour/transit
  2. The intern himself/herself will be responsible for the proper conduct, and the admission will be cancelled if the intern is found to disobey WWF-India’s rules, norms, guidelines, and indulges in any unwarranted activities, which harm organisation’s reputation.
  3. In general, interns will have to follow the code of conduct applicable for employees of WWF-India, including the dress code.
9. What’s Expected of the Intern:
  1. The interns will be required to keep a weekly journal to record activities, reactions, insights and/or linkages to theoretical perspectives noting the date and times at setting.
  2. A 15-20 page paper will be required at the end of the internship, describing in detail the internship experience, evaluation of personal growth as well as address any relevant theoretical and /or applied issues. A five minutes presentation to the WWF stake holders, on the project work done by them is also required from the intern at the end of Internship.
10. Topics/ Project for work by Interns:
The relevant topic/ project for work by intern, if being accepted, will be jointly by the concerned Division’s HOD and the candidate, and will be based on the availability of such project.

11. Selection Process:
  1. The duly filled-in application form for the Internship Programme, in the prescribed format shall be sent by the students to the HR Department:

    By Email : Email the application as an attachment to:
    By Post : Address the application form to the
    Director-HR & Manpower Development
    WWF-India, 172-B,
    Lodi Estate, New Delhi – 110 003
  2. Director-HR in consultation with Programme Director / concerned HOD, will decide the suitability of the candidate for internship.
12. Saving and Repeal:
WWF-India may terminate the internship of a candidate at any time, if he/she is found defaulter in any rules/regulations of the organization.

13. Foreign Students:
The foreign students could also apply for internship, on the projects, related to conservation activities in various Divisions of WWF, at Secretariat or in Programme Offices outside India. The process for submission of applications, provision of inputs from WWF Divisions to HR Deptt on various possible projects for foreign students and the intern selection process will remain the same, as for internal candidates. However, if any regulatory issues will arise with regard to internship by foreign students, the same will be met by HR Division.