Although this might seem limiting, I prefer to address this subject referring to Romania only, since the internship ‘culture’ had reach a new level in the labor force market. If in the past years most of the companies were reluctant in hiring interns, even for the summer, since it was considered time consuming, a waste of resources with very little gain, and generally a legal issue not easily settled, it seems that today this is a whole new segment in the hiring industry.
The technical roles were the first to be accepted in the companies, mainly multinationals, pro-bono in the beginnings but soon after with an entry level payment since it proved to be a successful pipeline for future employees. In the last years some other fields borrowed the trend and started experimenting: last year, in the city of Sibiu you could find summer internships in a recruiting agency with full time schedule, with no payment, only because HR is still a niche area in such a small city, and those who wanted to gain some sort of experience in the area, were happy to take te role. And, as it was expected, the practice of having summer interns spread in almost any industry or professional field.
What I noticed for this year, is the fact that companies started early, since the beginning of March I already saw recruiting ads on the social media for summer interns. But what are the most offered roles for this summer? According to hipo.ro the openings are:
- Software & Engineering
- HR & Psychology
- Training & Education
However, the season is not yet open, so for those of you still undecided, it might be a good time to browse these opportunities and make a call.
These kind of programs are mutually beneficial if a few basic conditions are met, however, I’ve seen over-worked interns with no pay and I’ve seen slackers with a substantial pay-check in the end of the month. As previously stated, take time to think why you want this internship and do it wisely!