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What Must a Company Know When Hiring Interns?
Translated/ Edited into English by: Roberto Saprissa.
“Every day in our country more and more companies and enterprises are adopting the system of laboral practices known as internships. Some companies have even used this method as a preparation method for the selection of permanent staff members.”
These are words from the members of YOUTH 360, which is associated with 500 registered companies and are willing to give opportunities to Salvadoran youth.
Even though an internship is not a permanent job, it allows the young man to get to thoroughly know the functions of the various mechanisms in a company of his interest. The problem is that many young men and women are not willing to take time out of their daily lives to work in an internship; their current situation demands income urgently and internships aren’t an immediate solution to these types of problems.
However, analyzing the opportunities found in newspapers and other media directed towards inexperienced youth, often they are not really offering positions such as company manager. Even other, minor positions such as an assistant or customer service clerk often require a minimum of 1 year experience; we have to accept that the salaries that these opportunities offer equal an imbalanced wallet and it isn’t the type of experience that a future professional would long to have.
Therefore, internships are the perfect complements for the developing professional with a clear vision of his or her future. It is important that the young man knows his duties and rights inside a company or institution since this will help him acquire a good relationship with the company’s staff, and often internships are gateways to a starting position in a company.
What are the company’s responsibilities regarding the intern?
The company must establish the functions and duties of the intern from the very beginning and therefore avoid misunderstandings and grudges from both sides; it is also important that the young intern can count on mentor or tutor to guide him or her through this process.
The mentor should provide personal counsel (if necessary) so that the young intern can learn and execute their job in an efficient manner. In addition, a work day shouldn’t be longer than eight hour, if overtime is necessary the young man should be rewarded accordingly. The company shouldn’t hint that the intern is owned by the staff; the manager shouldn’t allow other employees to take advantage of the intern, either by unjust dealings or by forcing interns to do the employees’ work. Finally, on the topic of remuneration, it is true that internships are often unpaid the job can be rewarded with other benefits such as earning social hours, studying opportunities, transportation privileges, meeting food and/or other basic needs, and schedule flexibility. Clearly, there are many ways to make the intern feel comfortable and effective.
In YOUTH 360 you can find a wide variety of opportunities in companies and institutions that respect and encourage the value of our Salvadoran youngsters, so go on and sail towards a world with greater opportunities, and try out the challenging reward of internships! If you’re interested you can go to www.joven360.com for more information.