At the NMF, we strongly encourage applications for internship, from students at both, the undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels. We offer internships to students who are keen to pursue meaningful research and widen their knowledge-horizons in maritime facets within the disciplines of international relations; geopolitics; security studies; political science; international maritime law; energy-security; marine resources; history, heritage, and maritime identity; oceanography; countering piracy and maritime crime; the marine environment; conservation, etc.. We provide a friendly, engaging and intellectually-stimulating environment within which you could purse your internship.

Ten Things that You Should Expect from the NMF:

1 . A warm and friendly organisational atmosphere. You can certainly expect to have a meaningful and exciting time.
2. Strong encouragement-for and appreciation-of sharp, inquisitive young minds that are eager to learn.
3. Extremely knowledgeable research-scholars to guide and help you along. Apart from wonderful civilian academics and researchers, you will also be gently guided and greatly encouraged by highly qualified and experienced maritime-practitioners, drawn from the serving and retired officer-communities of our country’s principal maritime agencies, such as the Indian Navy, the Indian Coast Guard, and even the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.
4. An opportunity to delve-into and understand the world of Indian think-tanks, so as to better decide whether this is, indeed, a world in which you would like to invest an indeterminate number of years of your life.
5. Opportunities (and strong encouragement) to rub shoulders and exchange views with nationally and globally renowned strategic thinkers and analysts from India and abroad — through a variety of fora including Dialogues, Round-Table Conferences/Discussions, Seminars, Workshops, etc. Illustrative (but not exhaustive) examples include luminaries from: the Haifa Research Centre for Maritime Policy & Strategy, Haifa, Israel; Rand Corporation, Washington DC, USA; Centre for Naval Analyses Washington DC, USA, Pathfinder Foundation, Colombo, Sri Lanka; the Bangladesh Institute for Maritime Research and Development, Dhaka, the Kalinga International Foundation (KIF); Sichuan University’s Centre for South Asia Studies, Chengdu, China; Academy for World Watch, Shanghai, China; Yunan University’s Research Institute for Indian Ocean Economies, Kunming, China; OP Jindal Gobal University’s School of International Affairs; Amity University’s Amity Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies; the Institute for China Studies, New Delhi; the Vivekananda International Foundation; the United Services of India, New Delhi; the Centre for Land Warfare Studies, New Delhi; the Centre for Air Power Studies, New Delhi; the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies, New Delhi; the NITI Aayog, New Delhi; the Indian Maritime Foundation, Pune; the Maritime Research Centre, Pune; and many more.
6. The opportunity to actually and meaningfully contribute to the policy-making processes of the Government of India, through your personal contribution to projects and assignments undertaken by the NMF for the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of External Affairs, and other ministries, departments and agencies of Government.
7. The opportunity, through a series of regular, interactive sessions, to understand the multi-faceted maritime domain that India must master, shorn of the many media-driven myths and opinionated views based upon grossly incomplete inputs, which afflict many segments of our populace.
8. The opportunity to publish your research on the NMF’s website as well as in the NMF’s print-journals.
9. Access to NMF’s well-stocked library, as also the libraries of other think-tanks in the National Capital region.
10. The possibility of employment, subject, of course, to your own performance and the needs of the organisation.

Five things that the NMF Expects from You as an Intern:

1. Enthusiasm, confidence, passion and drive, coupled with a keen desire for purposeful and meaningful experience in matters concerning the maritime domain.
2. The willingness to work as a cheerful member of the NMF Team and to contribute meaningfully to its collective and institutional success, with demonstrable honesty of purpose and sincerity of approach.
3. A willingness to conform to the dress code of the NMF.
4. Punctuality and a disciplined and respectful approach to work.
5. The maturity and nationalism to remain constantly mindful of sensitive data to which you might be exposed.

Five Typical Tasks that Interns at the NMF Perform:

1. Data collection and fact-finding from primary and secondary sources, so as to assist with ongoing projects at the NMF.
2. Research into maritime-areas of your own interest
3. Assimilation and presentation of data using PowerPoint
4. Some amount of administrative work (but not too much!)
5. Planning and organisation of various events and dialogues


As an intern, you will be assessed on your performance at the end of your period of internship, through the rendition of a formal, written ‘Internship Report’ and a presentation to the entire faculty of the NMF.
Duration of Internship
The normal duration of the internship programme offered at the National Maritime Foundation is a minimum of three calendar months. However, consideration, entirely at the discretion of the National Maritime Foundation, may be given be made for different tenures in the case of students who need to fit their internship around their ongoing academic schedules, part-time work, and other commitments. Applicants must invariably specify the duration as well as the date of commencement of their proposed internship.


Internships at the NMF that last up to three months are without remuneration (i.e., they are unpaid). However, in cases of interns, whose work output is commensurate with the expectations of the Foundation and who continue with the NMF for more than three calendar months, a modest honorarium will be given at each month-end, commencing with the end of month four.
Requirements while Applying
1. Your CV, strictly following the undermentioned format (please note that this is a ‘format’, not a ‘form’):

Interested Applicants should send their CV and one- page cover letter at cc to .

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