Posted by Demcel
You must wake up! You have been in intern for more than three months? Get alive. Labour laws clearly state that the company that takes you in as an intern is required by law to absorb you as their full time employee, paid in their scale and entitle to leave days among other benefits. If they cannot do that, then your internship should end at the end of your third month there.
It is true and evident that some interns ‘decide’ to stay longer in the hope of ‘acting good’ in order to secure themselves a job. Yes, that is ok but if the company really needs you that much, then they must take you in. Many employers know very well that majority of these interns are straight from college, they do not have money even for their transport to work but still misuse them to the fullest. Take for example our very own KBC, you pay to be an intern! that’s bad. Having paid a substantial amount for the internship, no one cares about you anymore while you are in there. If you don’t follow up for duties, you will finish your internship at KBC without knowing anything.
That aside, the best places to be an intern are NGOs, yes. They pay their interns however small the figure could be. The fact is, most NGOs compensate their interns for the good work they are doing with them with others offering travel, accommodation and meals allowances. You are assigned work to do and given a supervisor or senior to monitor your work in every step of the way. However, they will kick you out if you do not deliver their work as tehy expect you to.
The theme here is that all intern should be paid because they also struggle to make ends meet just like any other unemployed person out there. First, it is very hard to get an internship in any company, second, if you get an attachment, they mistreat you and undermine interns in the name of they “don’t know anything”. I wonder whoever is doing this whether he or she woke up knowing every thing as an employee there. Industrial attachment is one good way for trainees to learn and experience the ‘work environment’ just like any other employee. Interns should not be over worked or undermined just because they are fresh from college and apparently do not know anything.
There are very smart interns, who can pump in new ideas for growth of the company. Once some employers realize such interns, they bestow them with many duties and promise to absorb them very soon. The ‘soon’ that never comes. Five months, eight months and a year down the line, a person is still an intern paid a meagre peanut called “transport compensation” which does not even add up to what the intern spends per month. If an intern has something to do in that company for more than the third month, guys give him or her a contract to sign.
Some professional fields such as nursing, IT, Journalism etc, there is nothing like ‘learning, you came to work like any other employee and must know what you are doing, or else you are kicked out. That is why it is very important for all interns to be paid, maintained for three months and let go for fresh trainees to join in too. If you find somebody good, take him or her in and appreciate their work by paying interns.
Most internship contracts are so boring and too long with key phrases such as “I agree not to expect any financial compensation in my term”, “….plus any other duties assigned by the senior” (Even sending you to buy for them chips?) “I agree to pay for any equipment i destroy or lose” among other threatening statements to acknowledge. You may be an IT intern, but you are assigned messenger duties to go post cheques, collect and deliver letters.This is unacceptable. Let interns learn, train them in their career line and make them want to work there as much as possible so that they also work hard and deliver good results.