Mountains of Life | Our Nature and Climate Awareness Series

Inviting young aspiring individuals (up to 25 years) to intern for Mountains of Life festival. Selected interns will be eligible for a one-month paid internship programme.

Call for Interns MOL

We invite young aspiring individuals (up to 25 years) to apply to this internship call for Mountains of Life, the third in our nature and climate awareness series (after Rivers of Life and Forests of Life). An initiative of Azim Premji University, this is a festival that celebrates these ancient landforms, and the many stories they hold within.

Mountains constitute over 22 percent of the Earth’s surface and play a critical role in maintaining global ecosystem balance. They host 28 percent of forests and 25 percent of terrestrial biodiversity. They serve as the habitat for flagship species, diverse communities and their rich cultures, and ancient histories.


We invite ideas of documenting stories through photographs, animation, videos and public installations. Submissions should include a 300-word storyline and a 1‑minute video (maximum file size for the video is 30 MB) with the content as specified below based on the themes below:

  • Mountains as Geological Processes
  • Flagship Species and Mountains
  • Living in the Mountains 
  • Fragility of Mountain Landscapes

Selection Process

Prospective interns are invited to be a part of our Mountains of Life journey. We encourage you to present narratives and stories of biodiversity, people and their cultural affiliations, and the fragility of mountain landscapes.

Shortlisted interns will be invited for a subsequent interview, based on the storyline and attached portfolio they submit. Final selected interns will be mentored, attend curated workshops, and will be encouraged to further develop their storyline over the course of the internship. Final submissions will be curated for the festival planned in November 2024.


  • Interns should belong to/​be working in areas near the hill/​mountain they are documenting. 
  • This call is open to all individuals up to 25 years, including young working professionals.
  • In special cases where entrants are under 18 years of age, they will require permission from a parent or guardian. By entering the contest, entrants under 18 years of age indicate that they have obtained the permission of a parent or guardian.
  • Selected interns should have the skills and equipment to document the stories in the format they choose. Selected interns will be expected to submit images and videos as per the guidelines given below.
  • The internship will be for 1 month between the broader period of 1 February to 30 April 2024.
  • Selected interns will be mentored throughout the internship period.
  • All interns will receive a stipend upon successful completion of the internship.

Guidelines for Submission

The 300-word storyline should cover 

  • an introduction to the mountain, where you plan to work.
  • provide a clear and precise description of the storyline you intend to cover. 
  • highlight the uniqueness of the story that you will cover. 
  • why we should select you as an intern at Mountains of Life.

1‑minute video should

  • include a self-introduction. 
  • include a precise description of the story.
  • include reason why we should select you as an intern for Mountains of Life.
The video
  • should be in portrait form.
  • should be clear and not blurred.
  • should be audible with minimised background noise.
  • should not exceed 30 MB.

Important Dates

Call for internship

Deadline for internship application

Interview and finalising the interns

Internship begins

Submissions due as per guidelines

Mountains of Life festival

Contact us at mountainsoflife@​azimpremjifoundation.​org for more information.

We have closed the Call for Internship Proposals for Mountains of Life.

Copyright Policy

Contributors retain all copyright to their own image. By submitting, you are allowing the use of your images by Azim Premji University for the festival and various publications. The university reserves the right to edit and use the images and other forms of submission including writings as per their requirement, for the purpose of communicating messages about mountain sustainability in social media and for subsequent display at university’s events.