What is an internship?

An internship is an opportunity offered by an employer to young people to gain career-specific work experience during or after studies to prepare them for the real world of work as an employee or in an entrepreneurial venture.

What are the objectives of internships?

The aim of internships is to provide real life work experience to young people during or after their formal studies at tertiary education institutions (i.e. colleges, universities and universities of technology). Internships are important for students who need to gain work experience as a requirement for completing their studies, as well as for those who are required to complete specified work experience before entering a profession.

What are the benefits of internship?

The work experience gained improves the intern’s chances of gaining employment or of succeeding in self-employment. Interns are not guaranteed employment although many employers use internships to recruit outstanding interns as employees.