TULIP Portal: Internship Programme for Graduate Engineers
The government of India has launched a new internship program for students which will provide them work opportunities with Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and projects on Smart Cities. Internship program has been named as “The Urban Learning Internship Program” or TULIP. Union minister for Human Resource Development Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” and minister of Housing and Urban Affair, Hardip S.Puri jointly launched the TULIP portal for internship on June 4. TULIP portal for internship will aggregate opportunities from across India for graduates on a single platform and allow them to apply for internships in the domain of urban governance. Students who are graduates in engineering, architecture and planning, law, science, commerce or arts disciplines can apply for the internship program.
Duration of the internship program will be from 8 weeks to 1 year, depending up on the project. The internships under TULIP are open to Indian Citizens who graduate from an undergraduate program and can apply within 18 months from graduating. It is open to courses and streams as prescribed by ULBs/smart cities in their requirements and both AICTE affiliated and non-AICTE college graduates can apply.
How to Apply for Internship Through TULIP
The application process of the TULIP internship program is completely online. Students have to register through the TULIP portal for internship, upload necessary documents and submit the application form. Students need not pay any application fees towards the internship program. The step by step guide to apply for TULIP internship program is as follows
Step 1- Open the TULIP portal for internship @ internship.aicte-india.org
Step 2- Click on “Register” button
Step 3- Select “Students” as the category among the available options
Step 4- Enter details like institute name, enrollment number, basic details like name, email ID etc and click on register button to complete the registration
Step 5- Check your email for verification link and click on it to verify
Step 6- Login using the email ID and created password to fill the details form and upload required documents
Step 7- Select the internship programs from the list of available options and apply
Step 8- Candidates have to check for the shortlisted by login names as per the schedule of internship and take part in subsequent rounds of selection.
Step 9- On selection, candidates will be issued the internship offer which needs to be accepted online to start the internship. Details of internship period and stipend will be given in the offer letter.
Important Instruction to Students for Applying to TULIP
Students have to upload a recommendation letter from the competent authority of the institution where the candidate has pursued her/his studies. Applications received without such recommendations will not be entertained. Also, applicants have to submit a synopsis on urban issues in about 1,000 words along with his/her application. Synopsis should broadly cover a brief about the applicant’s areas of interest, proposed area of work and objectives for undertaking the internship.
Documents Required to Apply for TULIP Internship Program
Students need to have a government issued identity proof like Driving License, Election Card, Aadhar Card etc, proof of academic qualifications and a letter of recommendation from academic mentors of the student are the basic requirements for TULIP internship. Further some opportunities would require a synopsis to be submitted which may be specified by the ULB/smart city in the internship posting.
Eligibility for Applying to TULIP Internship Program
Students who are fresh graduates can apply for TULIP internship program up to 18 months from the date of passing their degree course. Students whose date of passing their degree course has exceeded the 18 months period are not eligible to apply
Selection Process of TULIP Internship Program
After completing the application on the TULIP platform, the candidate can apply for up to 7 internship requirements at a given point of time. Once a candidate is screened/shortlisted, he/she may be invited by the ULB/smart city for an interview. The interview may be an online or offline one. The candidates selected through the interview will be notified by the ULB/smart city and will be issued the offer letter digitally. The candidate may then choose to accept or reject the internship offer on the portal itself. The offer letter will also enclose a digital undertaking. Candidates may also be shortlisted on the basis of locational preference, qualifications and academic record. However, the final selection will be based on the interview with the ULB/smart city.
Stipend of TULIP Internship Programme
The stipend and its amount are under the scope and purview of the specific ULB/smart city one is applying to. Any stipend or allowance amount, if provided or not, will be mentioned in the perks and allowances section of the internship posted by the ULB/smart city.
Internships are best looked at as learning opportunities and candidates should treat them as such. TULIP allows for both paid and unpaid internships, though we recommend that candidates should apply for the internships considering the potential for learning as opposed to the stipend amount.
What Kind of Work will be Provided Under TULIP Internship Program
The work under the TULIP internship program would be in line with the work done by Urban Local Bodies and Smart Cities projects. Furthermore, the work will be dependent on the qualification of candidates and the requirement of the project. Students can check the details about the internship as per the qualification from the official TULIP portal for internship.
The TULIP platform supports provision of providing virtual internships in the normal and in the times of crisis such as the current situation arises due to CoronaVirus, providing opportunities for the fresh graduates in augmenting ULB/smart city capacity.
Certificate of Completion
Students will be provided a certificate of completion upon the successful completion of the internship program. The performance of the intern will be evaluated by the program officer/mentor and the grade of internship will be provided as per the feedback.