Like elsewhere in Europe, in Italy you will often begin your career with an internship.
Internships are usually unpaid, and they have earned a bad reputation, with interns complaining of being given menial tasks or no tasks at all, and receiving no training whatsoever. Hence the suspect: are internships considered a way to simply hire temporary workers without paying them ?
The controversial labor reform enacted by Mr. Mario Monti’s Government will now force enterprises to take internships more seriously. Unpaid internships will be no more allowed: the intern will be entitled to a 300 euros minimum monthly allowance.