Many companies in Romania are using internship as a way of hiring temporary workforce, or are planning on using internship as part of their workforce restructuring plans in Romania, following the current economic crisis caused by the pandemic. Individuals lacking professional experience are also looking for entry or temporary jobs, where they can benefit of the opportunity to gain significant experience, without being actual employees.
Either if you are an employee looking for an internship, or if you represent a company looking to hire as part of an internship, you must know that this type of activity is officially regulated by the Romanian legislation.
Thus, the Romanian legislative framework regulating the use of internship provides for a number of conditions and obligations that a Romanian employer must comply with, as well as certain rights for the interns.
Basic rules for using internship in Romania
Applicable conditions for the intern
If an individual wants to sign an internship contract with a Romanian employer, he/she must know that there are certain conditions imposed by the applicable law, as follows:
Obligations that must be observed by the employer
In addition to the conditions described above, which are applicable for the intern directly, an employer planning for using an internship in Romania must also know that the Romanian internship law (Law no. 176.2018) stipulates certain obligations that must strictly be observed by any company, as follows:
Attention! If during a labor law audit the authorities identify interns working within your company that do not have an internship contract signed, they can impose fines of up to 20,000 lei for each intern. The same fine can be applied if the inspector identifies that the internship contract was not reported to the Romanian labor authorities through registration in the specific online register for internships.