Host an intern – what do you need to know?
An intern from New Zealand Internships is a tertiary-level (often) international student or graduate willing to work in a temporary position at your company. They come from some of the best Universities across Europe and America and are typically in their third or fourth year of their Bachelor or Masters Degree (level 7 or 8). This work experience is a often compulsory (and valuable) part of their study program.
While most students choose to do their internships in their own country, the more adventurous, competent and motivated among them desire work experience abroad. We believe our Interns are reliable, responsible and that their passion for work experience will be a true asset to your business and it’s growth.
Interns are between the ages of 18 and 30. The time period to host an intern can range between 6 weeks to 26 weeks and the majority of our interns are unpaid, or receive a small weekly stipend.
It is at the host organisation’s discretion as to whether they would like to reward the candidate with a stipend. Bare in mind this will naturally make your position offer more attractive to the intern. However, in the cases where remuneration is not offered, candidates will be informed. New Zealand Internships itself asks NO commission or “finders fee” from our host companies, of any sort.
All international candidates are required to have a valid insurance for the duration of the internship. All arrangements for this will be made by the intern themselves, with guidance from us at New Zealand Internships. We also recommend to (International) interns that they purchase medical, accident and travel insurance.
There will be no assistance required from companies in regards to visa. All candidates will be either a citizen, resident or hold a valid visa. New Zealand Immigration offers visa’s which allows students from all over the world to undertake placements at companies across New Zealand. These Visa’s are open to students who are required to complete a work placement or internship as part of their Higher Education course.
We set a minimum internship duration of 6 weeks and a maximum internship duration of 26 weeks, although shorter or longer internships are sometimes requested.
We assist companies in almost every Industry, for example; Advertising & Communication, Business, Marketing & Sales, Journalism & Public Relations, Finance & Accounting, Human Resources, Logistics, Architecture, Engineering, Law & Legal, Information technology, Hospitality, Social Work, Tourism & Travel, Education & Teaching.
It is required that both the host organisation and candidate sign an internship agreement which protects each others rights in law. This has been perfectly adequate for the several thousand internships we’ve facilitated. New Zealand Internships utilises Electronic Signature software that makes this process fast, simple and without paperwork. If necessary, additional contracts from the host organisation, such as employment agreements or confidentiality agreements can be included as required. It is possible to terminate as per the terms of the internship agreement.
- The office must not be home based.
- The intern needs a supervisor to report to. As a bonus, this serves to improve the leadership and supervisory skills of your staff through the management of interns.
- The intern must be provided the necessary tools to undertake the internship. This may be a workstation, computer, telephone etc.
- The company must provide a structured welcome eg. Introductions to staff, dress code requirements, fire safety regulations.
- The candidate receives a real-life experience of what the job is all about. They will require a reference letter and/or contact person following their Internship, to append to their CV.