The Haryana government has decided to provide paid internship to students of professional courses in different sections of the school education department in the state. Officials said internship would be provided to students studying engineering and post-graduation in management, social welfare, journalism and mass communication at recognized universities and institutions in Haryana. “Students, who complete their studies in April 2011, will be absorbed as interns for projects such as quality initiative coordinators, community mobilizers and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Coordinators,” Haryana education minister Geeta Bhukkal said here. “Working within the school education system will provide wide exposure to interns. We have 16,000 schools, 105,000 teachers and 26 lakh school children. No other organization could match the volume and scale of the school education department,” she said. All the interns will be paid a monthly stipend of Rs.15,000 and their internship will be extended up to one year. The students will also be provided a laptop and internet facility from the department. Interested students can forward their applications on the prescribed format either through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or through post to joint director (education). Application form can be downloaded from www.schooleducationharyana.gov.in. Bhukkal said a selection process would be conducted to finalize the interns and after selection they would be provided induction training. “The interns will be exposed to various aspects in human resource development like quality initiatives and manpower requirements, budgeting and financing, community mobilization training programmes and management during the induction training,” Bhukkal said.