We often talk about how useful it is when young people gain real-life work experience. Companies do not only save money by running internship programs, but they also provide themselves with future labor supply. We could say that internship programs are beneficial for both the companies and young people. However, it is important to collect the criteria that guarantees the effectiveness of an internship, and it is equally important to bear in mind how well these fit with the personal goals of youngsters applying for internships.
The “Intern 2.0 – Interns are valued!” initiative was launched by the Hungarian Pact4Youth working group to provide businesses basic and fair principles in organizing and managing their internship programs. The necessary requirements – which are considered essential in national and international practices in establishing successful and competitive internship programs – are summarized in 9 points.
The Pact4Youth Hungary initiative – consisting of domestic educational, governmental and business organizations- has formed the 9 points in the recent couple of months incorporating the opinion and experience of young people. Learnings and inputs of students and recent graduates were channeled from many local and countrywide organized events.
The Pact4Youth working group hopes that the number of the NEET youth (young people aged 16-29 who are neither in employment nor in education or training) can be reduced on a long term by establishing high-standard internship programs. Since 2014, the number of NEET young people has been steadily decreasing in Hungary, however, they still form around 10% of the youth, affecting tens of thousands of youngsters.
Intern 2.0 – Interns are valued!
- The employer agrees to register its internship program – which is in accordance with the requirements of the 9 points – in an accessible registration system.
- The employer gives accurate and credible information in its promotion campaigns about the obligations, expectations and responsibilities required by the internship.
- The employer shall employ the intern for a minimum of 3 months, but preferably committed to a longer internship period – from 6 months to 2 years, in which the intern is working a minimum of 20 hours per week.
- The employer should provide a dedicated mentor for the intern, who is responsible for the interns professional and social integration. The dedicated person supports the company in providing the intern with useful feedback and evaluation. The employer tries to highlight the positive feedbacks.
- The employer’s expectations and the relevant professional experience are both taken into consideration and harmonized during the preliminary composition of the tasks of the internship.
- The guidelines for the minimum professional standards are coming from the Standard Classification System of Occupations.
- The employer aims to provide a compensation for the intern equivalent at least to the minimum wage.
- A mutual evaluation system is developed which helps the employer in the development of the internship program and provides the intern with continuous feedback to support the intern’s professional development.
- The employer supports the interns in conducting their studies and motivates them to commit to a life long learning.