Internships of the ICOE

About Indian Council of Overseas Employment (ICOE)

ICOE is an autonomous institution set up by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) in 2008. The ICOE is a ‘think tank’, which advises the Government of India on labour migration issues and is responsible for undertaking migration research and studies with a view to respond to changes in the international migration scenario and facilitate overseas employment of Indians.

Broadly, the Council undertakes steps in the pursuance of the following objectives:

  1. Build and maintain a database on emerging country/sector specific employment opportunities abroad.
  2. Identify labour supply gaps in overseas labour markets and the skill sets required by Indian workers to fill those gaps.
  3. Initiate programmes for skill development and skill upgradation in consultation with professional bodies and the private sector and promote employment opportunities abroad.
  4. Initiate pre-departure orientation programs for various categories of workers.
  5. Coordinate with other employment promotion agencies, including the state manpower development corporations, project manpower suppliers and foreign employers.
  6. Initiate and support the study, monitoring and analysis of the trends and dynamics of international labour market, problems faced by the emigrant Indian workers in India and abroad, benchmark the best practices of other labour sending countries and recommend policy initiatives/strategies.
  7. Administer need based welfare support for overseas Indian workers including through institutional arrangements of a welfare fund for the purpose.

ICOE Research Internship

Applications for the ICOE Research Internship Programme 2010 are invited concerning any of the following research themes.

General Issues:

  1. International migration of the skilled and unskilled.
  2. Consequences of international migration on sending and receiving countries, on migrants and migrant communities.
  3. Labour demand and supply, shortfalls and surpluses, in the international labour market.
  4. Changing global scenario and Impact on International Migration and migrant communities.
  5. Identification and generation of data sets, data sources and gaps therein.
  6. Policy options to maximise benefits and limit losses from international migration.
  7. Studies on remittances, return migration, migration networks, transfer of technology, etc.
  8. Impact of international migration on different sectors of the economy.
  9. Gender issues of international migration.
  10. Any other theme of international migration and overseas employment that broadly falls within the scope of work of the Council.

Specific Issues

Interns are encouraged to include specific cases/surveys in the study under the following issues. ICOE would grant fund for travel, lodging, boarding and other expenses for undertaking such surveys.

  1. Global demand for workers (healthcare and hospitality) and their migration from India.
  2. Labour market gaps and skill supply shortages in the international labour markets.
  3. Emerging global demand for various categories of Indian skilled, unskilled and semiskilled workers.
  4. Nature, magnitude and sources of remittance inflows to India and their channelization.
  5. Role of remittances, philanthropy and investment by overseas Indians for the social sector development in India.
  6. Identification and development of skill sets/training modules and certification methods to promote overseas employment of Indians.
  7. International Migration and Indian Women.
  8. Indian migration networks and their functions.
  9. Problems faced by Indian Migrants in India and abroad.
  10. Indian Migration to the Gulf, other South and North countries.
  11. Illegal and Irregular Migration of Indians and Strategies to combat them.


The applicant must have registered in an M.Phil/Ph.D. programme or may have (been) submitted/awarded the same, in/from any of the institutes/centres/universities listed in ‘Annexure A’ on any of the themes stated above. Students/scholars with interdisciplinary research background/interest are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

The aspirants may apply in the prescribed application format given in ‘Annexure B’ with the following attachments:

  1. A copy of synopsis approved by the university, with a designated supervisor, or (if submitted) an executive summary of the dissertation/thesis.
  2. Project synopsis for internship on any of the international migration themes stated above and a timeframe required with a detailed plan of action for completing the study.
  3. A write up stating the career objective and a statement how the current internship programme would help in the process.
  4. A recommendation letter from the supervisor/department concerned supporting the candidature for the internship, duly endorsed by the Head of the Department.
  5. A detailed C. V.

Completed application forms may be sent to:

The Research Officer
Indian Council of Overseas Employment
E-34 East of Kailash
New Delhi 110065


Rules, regulations and selection procedure

  1. The Council reserves the right to reject any application at any stage without assigning any reason.
  2. The short-listed candidates may be called to appear at an interview at the Council.
  3. The outstation applicants who appear at the interview will be reimbursed air ticket (economy class) and taxi fare along with a fixed sum of Rs. 1,500 to meet the costs of boarding and lodging.
  4. The interns may require to spend 1/3rd of the internship tenure in the ICOE, while the rest of the tenure they are expected to carry out research from their own institutions/universities.
  5. The interns must undertake research under the continuous supervision of the designated M.Phil/Ph.D. supervisor at the university/institute and broad supervision of the Research Officer at the Council.
  6. The intern must submit a paper on the basis of the research undertaken at the end of his internship tenure. ICOE shall have the right of ownership to publish the paper produced by the intern.
  7. The selected interns would receive a stipend based on their qualifications and experience, as also on the quality of the synopsis.
  8. The internships are available round the year subject to a maximum limit of 6 internships at any given point of time.
  9. The internship period may vary from a minimum of 12 weeks to one year on case by case basis.
  10. The internship shall be terminated at any time if the progress and conduct of the intern is found to be unsatisfactory.