The TULIP platform is a dedicated window to internship opportunities in Urban Local Bodies/smart cities. The platform 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.
The internships under TULIP are open to Indian Citizens who have completed a diploma/graduate/postgraduate program. Candidates should, however, note that at the time of application they have not crossed 36 months from the date of results declaration of diploma/graduation.
It is open to courses and streams as prescribed by ULBs/Smart Cities in their requirements. Both AICTE affiliated and non-AICTE college graduates are eligible to apply.
In the wake of Covid-19 pandemic, candidates who have taken all the final semester exams of final year and are awaiting results shall proceed with their applications and join internships. However, the release of their internship certificates will be subject to production of education certificate(s)/degree to their respective ULBs/Smart Cities/Parastatal authorities.
Indian Students whose results have been declared and have a passing percentage can apply. They should submit digital transcripts or a provisional certificate stating that they have completed the course successfully and passed in all subjects. Once the degree has been awarded, a digital copy should be uploaded on the platform and the same informed to the nodal officer at the interning ULB/smart city.
No, the TULIP process is entirely a digital process end-to-end and applications for the program will be accepted online only.
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, which is detailed in Appendix 9 of TULIP Handbook.
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 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, which is detailed in Appendix 9 of TULIP Handbook.
Under TULIP, the goal is to connect incoming candidates with opportunities across the country that allow them to improve upon their functional and technical skills. For this, candidates may be shortlisted based on locational preference, qualifications and academic record. The final selection will be based on the interview with the ULB/smart city.
A Govt. issued identity proof (Driving License, Election Card, etc.), proofs of academic qualifications and a letter of recommendation from academic mentors of the student are the basic requirements for an internship for TULIP.
Further some opportunities would require a synopsis to be submitted which may be specified by the ULB/smart city in the internship posting.
There will be an undertaking stating all the norms, rules and code of conduct that the candidate is expected to follow during the internship period. The ULB/ smart city will be providing the undertaking along with the offer letter, that you will have to accept to pursue the internship. A sample undertaking attached in an offer letter can be seen in Appendix 9 of the handbook.
There is a document and video manual available in the AICTE internship portal landing page under the help section. The manuals can help the candidate in the registration, filling up personal details and applying for internships.
There is a template synopsis that will be made available to the graduate on the platform. The questions in synopsis is descriptive in nature and checks the inspiration for joining the program, your contribution to the ULB/smart city and how you will use this internship in your career path. The template synopsis is generic and applicable to graduates from all courses and streams.
The synopsis can be requested or not based on the requirements for application by the ULB/smart city. Also, the ULB/smart city can provide a different set of questions based on their requirement for graduates.
TULIP platform supports the provision of virtual internships. However, due to the nature of the task internships might require the candidate to be present on the premises of the ULB/smart city or in the field. So, the ULB/smart city when posting an internship will mention if it is a virtual internship opportunity or not.
The interview(s) will be held either online or offline. However, candidates may request the concerned ULB/smart city for any change in the mode of interview.
The internships offered in the program will be as per the parameters of TULIP Handbook. Appendix 1 of TULIP Handbook explores how different urban functions map to the skills of undergraduate degrees and the kind of work they may be expected do under the internship. Each internship posting may build on this broad structure to craft specialised roles for the interns. The details may further be clarified at the stage of the interview.
Normally, to orient you well with the work the hosting ULB/smart city would be holding an orientation program, of which a sample format is provided in Appendix 2 of the Handbook. Further, your reporting officer would be designing a detailed workplan for you, a sample of which is provided in Appendix 4 of the Handbook. We encourage you to discuss the same at the interview stage.
A TULIP nodal officer will normally be the reporting officer for the interns, which may vary in cases depending on how a ULB/smart city structures its internship program. If you require any information or have any queries regarding reporting requirements you can direct it to the concerned ULB/smart city. We encourage you to discuss the same in the interview process.
The performance of the intern is under the scope of the ULB/smart city interning with and this includes the aspects on which the intern is evaluated (ex. progress in research or project assigned, meeting deadlines, ability to work alone and in teams, innovative ideas, attendance, soft skills). The intern can request the nodal officer or supervisor in charge of internship management on how they are evaluated. A sample assessment is provided in Appendix 5 of the handbook.
Interns can also self-evaluate on their goals: what is expected of them in the internship and what they expect from the internship. A sample self-assessment form is provided in Appendix 3 of the handbook.
Depending upon how a specific ULB/smart city structures its internship program, the nodal officer will be responsible for evaluating your performance and issuing suitable commendations or recommendations for your performance in addition to the internship certificate. Appendix 6 of the Handbook provides an indicative format for evaluating your performance. Please refer to the same and raise any further queries during your interview.
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.
The internship certificate issued upon successful completion of the internship is a digitally verifiable and secure one. The QR code for each certificate is unique and can be shared for validation of credentials.
TULIP program is jointly operationalised by Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs and AICTE. For the queries related to the internship itself, candidates may register feedback/suggestions/comments at firstname.lastname@example.org and for any technical assistance regarding the platform candidates may reach out to email@example.com.
Yes, you are eligible to apply for TULIP internships. However, the internship completion certificate will be only issued after you produce the degree certificate to the Urban Local Body/Smart City/Parastatal of State/Union Territory concerned.