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Why does InKompass offer a 2-cycle approach?

INKOMPASS offers a 2-cycle approach because it is an experiential job interview, giving you a better chance to showcase your skills and abilities and giving us a better chance to get to know you.
Across the two cycles, you will work on projects that will allow you to discover our business challenges, opportunities, processes and systems.
The 1st cycle will give you the opportunity to discover several aspects of our company (i.e. operations, people and culture) through projects that allow you to interact with people from different areas.
The 2nd cycle will give you the opportunity to experience a deep dive into a specific department or functional area.

 What happens if I don’t want to commit myself to participate in the 2nd cycle?

We strive to ensure you have a great 1st cycle experience so that you eagerly look forward to get selected for the 2nd cycle.
However, in case you do not want to continue, there is no obligation for you to do so.

What happens between the 2 cycles of internship?

Staying in touch with you throughout your internship journey is very important to us. You will hear from us between the 2 cycles of your internship, through:

1. Invitations to company activities and events
2. Communication from your COACH and BUDDY

 I reside outside of the country where I would like to do my internship, can I still apply to the program?

Of course you can apply! Before applying please consider:

1- You need to have a valid work permit for Italy;
2- The selection process will be held in Italy and the internship program itself will take place in Rome or Bologna, so you should be willing to relocate. We will provide accomodation and reimbourse travel expenses for those candidates who will attend the On-ground Assessment in Bologna in May.

What is the selection process like ?

To apply for the paid internship program, the application steps are the following:
1. Complete the online application by clicking APPLY NOW. If you meet the criteria, you will be invited to the next step
2. Complete two online tests:
- A Numerical Test will assess your ability to manage and analyze data
- A Situational Judgment Test (SJT), also called Intern Talent Screener (INKOMPASS Only) Test, will assess your decision-making abilities on a wide variety of simulated scenarios
If you meet the criteria, you will be invited to the next step.
3. Complete a video interview. If you meet the criteria, you will be invited to the next step.
4. Complete a phone screening. If you meet the criteria, you will be invited to the next step.
5. Participate in an on-ground assessment (OGA), the final stage of the recruitment process. During the OGA, we will meet face-to-face and get to learn more about each other. You will have a chance to showcase your skills in business cases and team activities, network with other applicants, and meet current Philip Morris International employees.

 If I cannot attend the on-ground assessment, are there any other dates available?

In case you would like to start the first leg of internship in September 2019, you are required to attend the On-ground Assessment that will take place in Bologna in May 2019

Will I receive feedback if I don't get selected? When?

Yes. You will be informed of your application progress during each step of the process by your registered email. Whether or not you meet the criteria to progress on to the next application step, you will receive an email confirmation regarding your status. If you do not hear back from us within 2-3 weeks of completing an application step, please contact us at:

When will the internship start and how long will it last? Is there any flexibility with these dates?

The first leg starts on September 16th 2019 and ends on December 13th 2019. Please note that timings could be adjusted in accordance with your University.

What are the normal work hours?

Normal work hours will be 40 hours/week from Monday to Friday.

Is the INKOMPASS internship paid? What contractual conditions will I be under as an intern?

INKOMPASS is a paid internship program. The interns will receive a competitive compensation. Further details will be provided by the time of the offer.

Will I be assigned a group project or an individual project?

Depending on the project scope and expected deliverables, projects may require individual or group work. In any case, you can be sure that all projects will be meaningful, challenging, and give you the opportunity to showcase and further develop your skills, whether it is in an individual or group setting.

What type of guidance and support can I expect to receive throughout my program, to help develop me professionally?

Every INKOMPASS intern will receive day-to-day guidance and support from their COACH, who has the same function as a supervisor. He / she will introduce you to your project, clarify expectations, guide you on a day-to-day basis, and provide you with feedback.

In addition, you will also receive support from:
- Your PROJECT SPONSOR, who will ensure you have everything you need in terms of resources and budget to execute your proposals;
- Your BUDDY, who will help you answer general questions and network with different people and departments in the company.

 What is the criteria for advancement to the 2nd cycle of the program? How will I be assessed?

During the 1st cycle, you will complete a project with a definite scope and deliverables, based on which you will be assessed. We believe that both WHAT you achieve / deliver and HOW you do so is important. This is why you will also be assessed on the behaviors you display which should be aligned with our company’s work ethics.
Throughout the experience you will receive feedback and guidance so that you understand what is expected of you. The final assessment will take place at the end of each internship cycle.

Will I receive feedback regarding my performance? When?

Your COACH and PROJECT SPONSOR will provide you with feedback throughout your INKOMPASS experience.
We also highly value your insights, feedback, and ideas, so please share them with us as well!

  Can I use my internship project experience as a university assignment and / or as credits for graduation?

We can discuss this topic individually, but you may use your internship project experience as university assignment as long as our internship program meets the requirements defined by your academic institution and it does not hinder the confidentiality of the information shared with you through the project.

 Will I receive a job offer with Philip Morris International when I complete my internship?

If you successfully complete both cycles of the INKOMPASS student internship program and meet the required performance standards, you may receive a job offer at the completion of your 2nd cycle.