What is the Internship?
Wikipedia would explain it this way: – “An internship is a method of on-the-job training for white-collar and professional careers. Internships for professional careers are similar in some ways to apprenticeships for trade and vocational jobs, but the lack of standardization and oversight leaves the term open to broad interpretation. Interns may be college or university students, high school students, or post-graduate adults. These positions may be paid or unpaid and are usually temporary.”
Now this is my explanation of Internship: “An internship is part-time placement, where an individual is hoping to gain new knowledge and experience with the given company. Also internship is the way of exploiting the same person as much as it is possible. That person is usually given the hardest and mostly un-wanted jobs by full time employees and has no “rights” as everyone else in the company.”
Yes, I know it sounds horrific and bad, but Truth is usually the Hardest thing we have to Swallow.
Of course people are asking me: how can you say something like this?
Recruitment and government agencies would be saying: You have no rights to say something like that?
I have been part of this “Irish Generation of badly paid and exploited Interns”, which had a lovely opportunity to do one of the famous “JobBridge” and Co. internship’s.
Why I am so touched by it? Because I have seen so many good people going through one of those internship’s, which are usually unpaid or you are given some small donation towards your Social Welfare.
Those same people are hoping usually that by the end of their internship they might be made permanent with chosen company – in the reality that happens very rarely.
I want you to understand that I do appreciate Social Welfare system in Ireland and I am as many other normal Irish people thankful to have that system in place.
But I do not like to be sitting on my “ass” and not working. It makes you feel – worthless.
Yes that is exactly how most of “normal” Irish people feel while being on Social Welfare – USELESS…
I would always support Internship program if the chosen person would have the chance to stay with the company and continue to learn, develop and improve.
Not to be used, abused and kicked out from the company after 6-9 months, even thou they left their heart and soul in the company working hard trying to outshine everyone else.
Companies that take the intern on board are the one that gain something on the end.
They receive free labour, credits and tax relief from government and so much more.
Where on the other hand Intern is supposed to be “gaining” experience, “learning” about the business and only hope that there might be something for him/her on the end of it.
Also government is paying out huge cheques and giving incentives to those companies that take interns, hoping that the company will keep that person and the same person won’t be back on Social Welfare after the internship.
Instead of being harder on the companies and make sure that they help, train and educate interns while they are doing their internship, government seems to be stuck in corporations and companies hands without any way out.
I really do not understand why companies and government are playing political games with people’s lives??!!
But we will discuss that some other time….
I hope you enjoyed reading and trying to understand my point of view.
If you think I am wrong, I am always open for healthy discussions at any time…