Internships – A guide for Employers (SABPP publication)
Internships are one of the various ways in which young people can be offered structured entry level positions in their chosen occupation or profession. A well designed internship programme can help to accelerate careers, develop professionalism and good work habits and provide employers with a source of excellent candidates for permanent positions in their specialist areas.
Many organisations offer internships, but all too often these consist of recruiting people known to employees, allocating them to routine, menial tasks, ignoring them as much as possible and releasing them at the end with little or no support in finding further employment.
In the interests of setting suitable South African standards for internships programmes, the SABPP publishes these guidelines as a compilation of good practice in this area.
Even if no permanent positions can be offered, an organisation can still make a valuable contribution to national skills development by setting up an internship programme. The SABPP encourages all employers, whether large or small, to create at least one internship and develop at least one young person for the future of South Africa.
“The road stretches before us. We can be sure of obstacles, small and large, on that road. An eighty-five year old can do much to help us advance but, in the end it is you – the youth – who hold the future of this country in your hands.” Nelson Mandela, 2003
DEFINITIONS AND LEGAL GUIDELINES
- Legal Guidelines
FUNDING OF INTERNSHIPS
- Employment Tax Incentive Programme
- BBBEE points
INTERNS AND SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES
SETTING UP THE INTERN PROGRAMME
FINDING THE RIGHT INTERNS
STRUCTURED DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNS
- Allocation of tasks and responsibilities
- Mentoring and coaching
- Premature conclusion of the internship
NEXT STEPS FOR THE INTERNS
CONCLUSION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
ABOUT THE SABPP
SAMPLE INTERN AGREEMENT
SAMPLE INTERN PORTFOLIO OF EVIDENCE