Recently, we heard about an intern who was fined for having to resign. In fact, the monthly remuneration is only one-fifth of the fine that must be paid when resigning. Not to mention, the job desk is not equal to the wages earned by the apprentice. Sounds unfair? Apparently, internships have become a ‘trend’ for young people who really want to get as much experience as possible in their youth. However, is this ‘willingness to work and learn’ actually good for them?
So, what is the purpose of an internship?
According to Pintek ID, internship is a process to apply the knowledge or competencies gained from education in the professional world directly. Interns will be able to understand the professional work system in the actual industry. Internships can also add to the portfolio to make it easier for students to enter the real world During the internship, students are also expected to gain experience and networking that will further help them in the future. As a result, the internship program becomes one of the crucial variables in shaping student career paths.
Why Do Students Today ‘Love’ Internships?
Nowadays, social media often shows posts of people acquiring success at a young age. This makes the youth motivated to earn and have a lot of professional experience early on. Not only that, the pressure of ‘globalization’ requires individuals to have a strong bargaining power in the job market, so many of them flock to internships even before entering the world of lectures. Some campuses also require students to do internships, and perhaps that is one of the variables why internship trends are growing.
How easy it is for interns to be exploited
The phenomenon of high demand for internships is also accompanied by an increasing supply of internship needs by many companies, ranging from startups, agencies, to the corporate realm. They promise ‘networking’, certificates, and some remuneration to interns. However, many of them experience exploitation in their workplace. Between the job desks that are not appropriate, it is not clear, and even the resignation fine is like the case described earlier.
Well, sometimes people who are desperate for something, tend to be tricked by people who have it for a lower cost. In addition, the feudal “yes sir, yes ma’am” culture in Indonesian organizations is still quite strong, making it difficult for interns to express their discomfort to their supervisors. They will also be afraid if they don’t get proof of their certificate if they dare to do things like that.
Towards a Fair Internships
Maybe now is the time for us to be more aware of this. We can spread this awareness on our social media, LinkedIn, and whatever it is to the public and the authorities. Interns apply because they want to learn and network, but give them a fair job. Appreciate their intentions and efforts even if at least the experience they have. Hopefully, we can seek justice for the workers, starting with the apprentices.
Written by: Jason. A. Herwindra
 Pintek ID, https://pintek.id/blog/apa-itu-magang/
 Kompas, https://money.kompas.com/read/2021/10/14/131316926/apa-itu-internship-atau-magang-dan-aturannya-di-indonesia?page=all