Everything you need to know about Internship

Everything you need to know about Internship

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Internship has been the most complicated and a very heavy word used in many opinions and by many start-ups. Start-ups mostly prefer hiring interns to save their costs since they are always looking for people who could be pocket friendly and willing to learn. However, here are few things listed about Internship which every student and employer should know.

What does an Internship actually mean?

According to the dictionary Internship means ’Any period of time during which a beginner acquires experience in an occupation or profession.’, ‘Internship means an opportunity offered by an employer to a temporary trainee/fresher student for a specific period of time. It focuses mainly on training rather than employment itself.’

Who can be hired as interns?

Interns are usually college graduates, college Students who are at least 18 years old while joining as per Indian constitution. Students less than 18 years should not be hired. Employers can also hire an experienced person from another domain as an Intern.

What is the period of time for Internship?

Anywhere between one week to one year. Depending upon the profession/occupation.

What employers should keep in mind while hiring Interns?

Every employer should document the communication or anything that is agreed upon verbally on a paper in an offer or letter of internship or an agreement form so that in case a trainee absconds, employer can take appropriate action. Offer letter would help us employers to bring this internship program closer in compliance with laws.

Every employer can make policies on their own depending on their requirements. The work (KRA) allotted to an Intern should also be documented.

Interns are not allowed to take any leaves between the period of time agreed between both the parties (employer and intern) only unless one is very sick and has to issue a medical certificate for the same which will be verified.

Interns should not be allowed to post about you without your permission or reveal your data or any information to any other employer or competitors.

Every employer should collect these documents when you finalize a candidate must if you are hiring an Experienced professional:

  1. Updated Resume and 2 passport size photographs.
  2. SSC and HSC Mark sheets
  3. Graduation Mark sheet
  4. Post-Graduation Mark sheet
  5. Any professional course certificate
  6. Any training certificate
  7. Electricity Bill
  8. Driving license/ Passport/ Voter’s Id/ Pan Card
  9. Relieving letter of last employer or resignation acceptance via mail or on paper.
  10. Experience Letter of last employer
  11. Last 3 months’ salary slips of last employer

Everything should be true copied by a lawyer or any authorized government officer.

If a candidate is a fresher, then the documents to be collected should be till the 8th point.

When the new hire comes on board, you’ve widened the candidate pool with their own Rolodexes.

When does an Intern become a full-time employer?

During Internship, the interns are tested on the period of training. The following things are mentioned that are tested during an Internship and on the basis of that Permanent employment is decided by the employer’s.

  • Behaviour during internship
  • Communication skills
  • Execution of task allotted
  • Attendance

Interns are paid or unpaid, if paid, How much? Intern’s compensation?

An intern can be paid, unpaid or partially paid. An employer has all the rights to decide for his company.

Dimple Khubchandani
Career transition expert. She sells skilled and talented people to companies. Has been on both the sides of table as an HR and a recruitment consultant . A mentor to startups. Dimple caters to almost all domains and from startups to fortune 500 companies pan India. Loves to write sometimes, adventurous, happy go lucky person who loves to travel and dance .