Click here to see the most common questions employers have regarding the receipt of interns from Europe
1. What is the cost?
There is no cost involved in accepting an intern. The cost for internships are not reimbursed by the receiving company. Depending on whether the participant does an internship in Sweden by way of, an exchange program within Erasmus + as part of their education, a labor market initiative or an exchange program for internship from his or her home country, the participant will be reimbursed for round-trip travel, accommodation, food, and potentially local commuter costs, in in Sweden. The responsibility for this lies with the sending organization, the educational organizer in the home country and the participant. Sometimes other costs are reimbursed, this depends on whether funding is budgeted for by the sending organization or the school / university.
2. Am I required to hire the intern after the internship?
Answer: Nej. No, that is entirely your decision.
3. What is the time frame?
Answer: The early stages of the internship require the most planning and organization. Ensure that guidance is provided and a plan elaborated for the internship period. Discuss expectations and schedule follow-up and feedback sessions. If possible, share the responsibility for the intern with other colleagues.
4. Is it necessary to be fluent in English or is it alright to speak Swedish?
Answer: It is important for communication to work and for this reason a basic working knowledge of English is compulsory at the work place. Interns in longer internships often learn the basics of the Swedish language and there are free digital Swedish courses offered by Erasmus+.
5. Who can receive an intern from another EU country?
Companies in the private sector, public or private organization or NGOs.
EU organisations and institutions, organisations that manage EU programs and educational entities that are EU-funded, are not eligible to receive interns.
6. Can anybody do an internship in Erasmus+?
Answer: You need to be a citizen of an EU member country, be registered at a university/college/vocational training institution of an EU country, and been accepted by the educational provider before starting the program.
7. How long is an internship?
Answer: The internship is full time and can vary in length depending on educational and national programs. Erasmus+ requires internships to be at least two weeks, alternatively two months, and a maximum of xxxxx ??
8. Which rules and conditions apply?
Answer: The same work environment rules and conditions that apply to Swedish interns in the workplace. That is, work hours, work environment responsibility, information on safety and risks, in addition to standards for addressing gender inequality and racism. A Learning Agreement, signed by both parties, regulates the interns learning objectives and job tasks.
9. Which are the internships areas most in demand?
- Finance, administration and sales
- Health care and social work
- Technology, manufacturing, operations, maintenance
- Animal care, farming, forestry and gardening
10. What happens if the intern is unhappy or something does not work?
Answer: If problems arise due to issues such as communication or job tasks in connection with the internship, or if the workplace undergoes changes with detrimental effects to the internship, speak to the intern immediately and inform us so that we can support you in the best possible way. If the issues cannot be resolved, the internship can be interrupted and, depending on the reasons for the interruption, the intern moved to another work place.
11. Who is responsible for providing work clothes?
Answer: The company is responsible for providing work clothes in industries that require them.
12. In our company, all employees are required to have Police Record Extracts (criminal records and records of suspected offenders); can that be obtained for interns from abroad?
Answer: We request such records from our partners/interns for such organisations that require them, for example day care, schools and health and social care.