Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Internships - The Desire to Learning, Experience and Future Opportunities versus Exploitation that Prevails

The debate on the consequential benefits of internships continues, and its global footprints are evident:

We asked our President, Juntee Terrenal, MA, GMS about his insights on Internships as a consequential form of human capital exploitation among organizations. He offered four fundamentals about Internship;

1. Recognizing the Interest:
The ambition to be somebody, the desire to learn through experience within recognizable organization, being a part of the fast, trendy and hip teams, the opportunity of gaining lucrative career in the future are bits and parcel of a growing individual.  Competitive individuals search for their stage to shine.

2. Opportunities and Potentials:
Being an intern at an organization that is advanced, technologically oriented, popular and highly visible teams are seen to be a technique of getting the best opportunity in town.  Internship’s main goal is experiential learning that will facilitate career opportunities that are success-enabled and growth potential. Historically, many individuals who have been an intern have gained success in their careers. While others did not get employed.

At the very outset of the internship, compensation was not the main motivation to participate in the program. Instead, because of the opportunity of experiential learning where exposure that will enable the individual to develop its bi-product such as skills development in different areas of the business and operations. The skills they learn reinforce the academic learning from schools and outside world.

3. Challenges and Responsibilities:
An important role in the internship is the responsibilities of the Host of the Internship Program. Understanding their main business goals and intents in running the internship program is very important. Aligning the expectations from the internship, the human capital resource that interns offer to the organization, the scope of roles that each intern will be responsible and execute, how their efforts are valued, and at what extent the roles they will execute is not conflicting to full time employee responsibilities.

Internships can either be paid or unpaid. Certain regulations apply in order to qualify an internship to be unpaid. Each country has its own employment regulation that pertains to internships. Experienced human capital managers knew about these responsibilities. Inexperienced ones need to learn. “If your company benefits from the work an intern do, the intern will get to be paid.”

4. Misguided Assumptions:
Oftentimes, inexperienced internship managers do not understand the scope of their responsibilities with their interns. They often assume that they can just delegate any type of tasks to their intern. They take the ‘free ride on unpaid times’ and the efforts of the intern without hiring a full time employee. They forget about their role as a company, as managers and the compliance to certain employment regulations when it comes to internships and its limitations. The US Department of Labor has criteria in determining whether an intern’s responsibilities are not for immediate business results and profit of the host. Other countries have similar statutes or guidelines.

Reported Concerns, Cases and Successes about Unpaid Internship
In every country, there are numerous debates on reported challenges as well as successes about unpaid or paid internships across the spectrum. The internet provides insightful opinions and experiences of interns, organizations that are taking advantage of their interns’ efforts, as well organizations and individuals who benefited from internships.

Please find below few links of reported cases, concerns and successes regarding internships in different countries where high competition exists.

United States:

In 2011, another case was filed, Black Swan Unpaid Interns



United Kingdom:


What does this mean to you?
Terrenal says, If your company benefits from the work an intern do, the intern will get to be paid.”

When you are planning to hire an intern or need to develop an Internships Program and need additional guidance, just give us a call. We will be glad to assist.

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