SAARC Internship Programmme

SAARC Internship Programmme

The overall objective of the SAARC Internship Programme (SIP) is to promote awareness about the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) thereby making it widely known in and beyond South Asia through discourse and research in the academia and at the professional level.  Accordingly, the SIP aims at encouraging and facilitating research and studies concerning the Association and its activities by offering internship at the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu, Nepal. 


The Secretariat started organizing this programme since 31 May 2004. The Programme may include, at the discretion of the Secretary-General, a period of attachment at any of the relevant SAARC Regional Center.  Under this program, the interested students or researchers will be placed at the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu for a period of two weeks to six months, depending upon the need and nature of the projected research work and the requests so made by the prospective internees. The SAARC Secretariat offers internship in two sessions in a year (summer and winter) to try to accommodate as many as students and researchers.


The Secretariat has been regularly receiving requests from students in SAARC Member States and outside the Region for pursuing Internship at the SAARC Secretariat.  On completion of their Internship at the SAARC Secretariat, they submit their research papers in varied areas of interests.  On successful completion of the Internship, the internees are awarded a Certificate by the Secretary General.


In 2019, thirty-three students successfully completed their internship and were awarded certificates. During the period January-August 2020, nine students successfully completed internship and were awarded certificates. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Summer Session of the Internship Programme (May-July 2020) could not take place.

document Guidelines For SAARC Internship Programmme (56 KB)

document SAARC Internship Programme Application Form (64 KB)