Internship with Himalayan Chipko Foundation – RTI / PIL activists – Virtual Location

This internship is for all those who want to make India a better place to live, who believe in “Be the change that you want to see”. Those familiar with history and with an interest in Environment would know the widespread impact “Chipko Movement” of 70s had in formulation of environment sensitive policies by the Govt.  Another similar landmark event in the history of Indian polity system was introduction of RTI (Right to Information act) which is heralded as single most powerful instrument to bring transparency and accountability in the functioning of Govt. and administration. The internship is a combination of a great cause (preserving the environment) & even greater means (RTI & PIL). A great opportunity for those who want to be the change agent and want to develop an in-depth understanding on environmental issues and nitty gritty of how does the whole RTI & PIL process work. The last date to apply is 30th April 2012. – Rush!

The applications are now closed for this internship. Thanks everyone for their interest and wish you all the best!

About Himalayan Chipko Foundation: – Himalayan Chipko Foundation ( is a knowledge based initiative to preserve the environment. Foundation has filed several PILs in Supreme Court and National Green Tribunal regarding environmental issues relating to the Himalayas especially excessive cutting of trees in the pretext of development. Foundation want volunteers who would file RTIs and collect information from other sources about various topics related to the environment. They can take one or two issues at a time. When the information collected by them is conclusive, the foundation will file a PIL to save ‘that issue’ from unhealthy exploitation by the criminal and “system”.

About Internship: – Candidates will be given the various topics and foundation will guide them to file RTI application. Foundation will also give them leads to collect information from other sources. When the information has been collected, foundation will file the PILs and candidates will be given credit for it. This is a work from home internship where candidate will be in regular touch with the foundation through emails / phone calls.

# of internships available: – 5

Who can apply: – Anyone who is concerned for the environment and wants to gain hands on experience with RTI.  The most important factor is that the intern should have commitment to complete the task. Students of law, social work, environment or engineering  degree will stand an advantage. Interns from other discipline can also apply and will be guided by HCF. The candidate would need access to a computer with internet connection.

Location: – Virtual internship, work from home.

Duration: – >6 months

Start dates: – ASAP

Stipend: – This is an unpaid internship.

Internship specific question: – Along with your application, please also upload a short essay (1 page, .pdf, .doc, .rtf, <1MB) on one of the following question: –

1. Making a guideline for construction of  transmission lines in Himalayas
2. Tree plantation efficacy by forest departments in Himalayan states
3. Effectiveness of compensatory afforestation programmes in Himalayan States
4. Action against misuse of corrupt practices by forest officials
5. How to deal with dams in Himalayas.
6. Assisting agarwood growers in Assam

Automated Telephonic Interview: – This internship requires all the applicants to attend an automated voice interview. Details on the interview and how to attend it would be available in the confirmation email that  you will get after applying for the internship. Make sure you read it.

How to apply :- The applications are now closed for this internship. Thanks everyone for their interest and wish you all the best!

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