Why Do You Need Verified Internship?

Updated: Aug 4, 2019

Verified Internships Involve Interns in Practical Exposure

The way internship worked has changed drastically over the past couple of years. There has been a positive change in the mindset of employers where they are ready to invest resources into young people and skill them resulting in more internship opportunities than ever before. Employers are using job boards to reach out to youth with lucrative professional and internship opportunities.

Second Year CS Engineering students during Freecharge Internship

Though job boards play a vital role in connecting interns with prospective employers, there still exists a huge gap, especially in the transparency factor of the system. Scam recruiters are everywhere and what’s even worse is that they keep getting more creative with their fraudulent techniques. Many employers promise a lot of perks and opportunities to interns but the reality turns out to be far cry from what was being shown.

“Nikita got selected in an internship with a software start-up. She was super-excited. She was told it is a 30 days 'Virtual Internship' program. She was promised a lot of perks too! What else could she ask for?

All her excitement vanished when she was exposed to the stark reality of what she was promised to what she got. The company assigned her tasks like to do App downloads from Play store, Facebook page likes, etc. She had to do this monotonous work 7 hours a day for 6 days a week and submit daily reports over the email. And when the dreaded long month ended, all she got was some loose change and an experience certificate in the name of perks.”

This was just one of the many issues that interns face. Other common queries that we receive from interns are:

1. The listed company does not have an official website / properly working website. How do I get details about the company?

2. The listed company cannot be found in Google Search Results. Does it really exist?

3. The company promised to provide experience letter after completing the internship, but now they are not giving it. What can I do?

4. The listed company asked me to do a free assignment for them. Now the employer is not responding to my emails? Is there anything I can do?

5. The listed company has its office address shown on their website, but after my telephonic interview, I realized that the company does not even have a registered office address. Should I join this internship or not?

6. The employer is asking me to pay for their internship training course. What should I do?

7. The listed company said they would be giving a stipend to interns but asked me to work for free for the first month. Should I apply for this internship?

And Worst of All!

8. I completed my 45 days internship at this listed company. And when asked for stipend, they are saying my work was not productive for the project outcome. What should I do?​

Though every issue and instance mentioned above is unique, such cases are on rise where employers misuse internship as an opportunity to get cheap/free labor. They misuse the job portal thereby causing mistrust and frustration among students who were looking forward towards the internship opportunity as their first step towards the corporate world.

At Switch Idea, it is our job to completely scrutinize the internship openings before they are published. And honestly, there are numerous pending internship-jobs posted by employers that we haven’t pushed live yet because they just don’t align with our mission of providing students with the best learning experience possible.

This is where the need for Verified Internship comes in.