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 pursue your internship.

Applications for the summer internship programme 2020 are now closed.

The scheduled six-week summer internship programme from 01 June 2020, due to the Covid-19 situation, has been converted into a virtual internship programme commencing from 15 June 2020 for six weeks

However, we hope that the situation will improve and that the NMF will be able to pursue a normal winter internship programme. The details will be placed on the website by October/ November 2020. Please go through the sections below to get more information about the application process and the internship programme at the NMF. 

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 Summer Internship Programme 2020 at the National Maritime Foundation is for a period of six weeks, commencing 01 June 2020 to 10 July 2020. The commencement date and minimum duration of the internship programme is fixed. However, an internship for longer duration is welcome and must be indicated in your application, or you may opt for an extension at any stage of the internship. The Foundation holds complete authority to accept or reject such requests for extensions. 


Internships at the NMF 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 stipend will be given at the end of each month, commencing with the end of month four.

Application Requirements

Your CV, strictly following the undermentioned format (please note that this is a ‘format’, not a ‘form’)

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


My internship at the National Maritime Foundation was dense, demanding and very enriching. In addition to gaining an in-depth understanding of the Indian maritime domain, I was able to observe and take part in the life of a dynamic think tank and issues related to it.  A privileged access to all members of the faculty, both civilian and military, was also a real asset. Finally, I retain from this experience the importance of concepts, of geography, of a maritime and Indian approach, and of the primordiality of asking questions and engaging in rigorous reflection.This has certainly reshaped my vision and my « feeling » of research.

Marie DesbonnetsIntern, May 2020

My internship with NMF has been an enriching experience in developing my knowledge on the vision of India’s maritime strategies. NMF had a vast variety of areas I could choose to work in and what really made my experience noteworthy was the encouragement and support I received from the supervisor and my peers in choosing my niche. The work at NMF is perfectly balanced and pushes you to do the allocated work effectively. Overall, It was a great learning experience. The plus point was you could take work from anyone if you were idle. Hence, I could grasp experience in diverse fields such as International Maritime Law ,India’s Arctic policy etc.

Zeba ZoariahIntern, May 2020

I had a great experience at the NMF while interning. I learnt many things here. The most unique part of the organisation was that I never felt I was an “outsider”, always felt that I am also part of the organisation team for whatever time I was in here. I always felt “inclusive” in the day-to-day activities which the organisation personnel did. They urged and encouraged me to do work properly and even motivated me for every work that I did for them. The lectures given by Director General of the organisation on maritime domain were extremely interesting and knowledgeable.

Sara DeoIntern, May 2020

My internship experience with NMF was enriching and exciting and I got a real feel of how a ‘think-tank’ works. Even though I have learnt about Maritime Security as a part of my course on Global Affairs, at NMF, I got an idea of various facets and complexities of Maritime affairs including India’s Maritime domain, International Maritime Law, Indian Navy, IOR, Climate change and Energy politics to name only a few. I found a very friendly and open atmosphere with opportunities to interact and engage with research scholars which made my days at NMF very interesting. Alas, the good days were cut short by the ruthless lockdown on account of Covid-19. However, sitting at my home, I became a virtual member of NMF again thanks to the daily online presentations and lecture series which deepened my knowledge and honed my research skill-sets which I am sure would stand me in good stead in my future research career. Thank you NMF.

Pranava LalithaIntern, June 2020

The National Maritime Foundation helped me learn and unlearn all that I knew about the maritime domain and geopolitics. During my time here, I was able to refine my basic skills involving research and writing. I had the opportunity to listen to many high profile speakers and engage with experts in the field. The seminars, presentations and workshops taught me that nothing in the maritime domain existed in silos. Every area of study involved the intersection of verticals and horizontals of various subjects. It truly gave me meaningful insight into the inner workings of a think tank. I’m glad to have had the privilege of working in the premier institution in India that engages in the maritime field.

Gayathri RajeshIntern, Jan 2020Maritime India

My internship experience at the National Maritime Foundation was truly amazing. The amount of knowledge that we gained through the lectures and interactions with international scholars and our fellow researchers has expanded my horizon. It changed my way of looking at geopolitics. Further, the ambience of the work place made me feel comfortable, and was conducive to my overall learning experience. My internship experience with the NMF has served to enhance my skills and has been a memorable one.

Rangoli MitraIntern, Jan 2020

My internship at the National Maritime Foundation (NMF) was my first internship. I had been expecting a very strict hierarchical structure within the organisation but to my surprise it was very flat, and interns could freely interact with researchers and Navy personnel. The other aspect which stood out was the meticulous manner in which the internship programme had been put together with extreme importance given to an intern’s individual needs. The NMF strives to become the India’s premier think-tank in maritime affairs and I believe that it has the means, methods and the scholarship to do so.

Ichchhit GoswamiIntern, Jan 2020Maritime India

Attending various events and interacting with the officers who have faced the practicality of maritime domain gave me valuable work experience and knowledge. The NMF considers interns as members of their core team and working with them made me realise the importance of soft skills like professionalism, teamwork, time management and work ethics. At the NMF I learnt about UNCLOS, India’s relation with other countries, Piracy, BIMSTEC and geopolitics of the Indian Ocean Region. My academic interests were also well taken care of. They provided me with professional guidance at every step and were very welcoming to new ideas. I consider myself fortunate that I got to work with such bright minds who are dedicated towards maritime domain.

Sirat BhallaIntern, Jan 2020

Internship at the NMF helped in my understanding of the maritime domain, India’s Maritime domain in particular. Unlike other think tanks, NMF allowed me to research extensively on maritime issues of my interest and guided me with its expertise at every level of my research. Regular presentations and interactions with foreign delegates and naval officers, helped me to learn and acknowledge pressing maritime issues. It was a place that groomed my professional outlook, research and critical thinking capabilities.

Sagar NaiduIntern, Jan 2020