Got questions about INKOMPASS? We're here to answer them all

Why does INKOMPASS offer a 2-cycle approach?

The main purpose of this program is to contribute to your journey of self-discovery. This is why it is structured in 2 cycles:
The 1st one will give you the opportunity to discover the different aspects of our company (operations, people and culture) through projects that will require you to interact with people from different functions/departments.  
If you are invited to join and continue with the 2nd cycle, the focus is to give you the opportunity to experience a deep dive into a specific department or functional area.  You will achieve this by working on a Business Project that will allow you to discover this particular function’s challenges, opportunities, processes and systems.
All in all, the 2nd cycle approach gives us a better chance to get to know you while you learn more about PMI and the different aspects of the business here. Eventually, this will help you decide if a career in PMI is what you are looking for.

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

We believe that by participating in both cycles of the program, you will have a more rounded internship experience. It will not only help you discover yourself, but also have the opportunity to receive a job offer prior to your graduation and/or acquire portable skills that will provide you with solid credentials.
However, we understand that this internship is an opportunity of mutual discovery: We discover the best fitting interns to invite for the next cycle and a potential job placement with us.  YOU get to discover us as a company and at the same time experience great self-development opportunities.  We strive to ensure you have a great 1st cycle experience so that you eagerly look forward to making the cut to the group that gets selected for the 2nd cycle.

What happens between the 2 cycles of internship?

There are several ways we will keep in touch with you during the 2 cycles of your internship. Since one of the key benefits of the program is the opportunity to build international networks, as an INKOMPASS intern, you will be invited to join an exclusive mobile app together with interns around the globe. This will give you a chance to interact and exchange ideas and experiences with other fellow interns as well as with PMI Coaches and Leaders, that are part of the INKOMPASS alumni community. You will also be invited to stay in touch with your Coach and the Company. This connection will be maintained between the two cycles, even when you are back in the university.

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

PhilIp Morris Kazakhstan is open for all residents of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the INKOMPASS internship program will take place in Almaty oblast. If you reside in another city, and would like to join the internship, the company does not cover any relocation or accommodation expenses.  Also, we expect our interns to be physically present in our premises in Almaty oblast during the 2 cycles.

What is the selection process like and what are the timings?

As a first step, submit your application by clicking on the “Apply Now” tab – located at the upper-right corner of this webpage.
If your application form meets our criteria, we will send you an invitation to complete two online tests – one that will assess your ability to manage numerical data and another one that will require you to make decisions on a wide variety of simulated scenarios.
If you clear our online assessment you will be invited to phone interview upon successful completion of which you will be invited to participate in an exciting on-ground assessment day, consisting of different activities and fun exercises that you will go through individually and as a team with other fellow applicants.
We end with an appreciation party, a celebration of your efforts and a great networking opportunity. Fun is a constant through this experience!
You will receive feedback along the process, letting you know whether you made it to the next step or not.
To learn about the specific recruitment dates and timings please check the "SCHEDULES AND TIMELINES" tab.

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

Participating in the on-ground assessment day is the requirement for recruitment process. This event will take place during 23rd to 25th of May 2017 (at one selected day from this range), and there won't be other dates available in 2017. The on-ground assessment day provides 
INKOMPASS candidates with the opportunity to challenge their limits and discover themselves while interacting with a wide group of people, not just other applicants but also PMI employees, who will not just assess them but also answer any questions that they may have about the program or the company. We will inform you well in advance if you are eligible for the on-ground assessment hoping that this will allow you to plan your activities and join us!

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

You will receive feedback along the process letting you know whether you made it to the next step or not. To learn about our recruitment process dates and timings, please check Question #5.

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

The first cycle of the program will start on June 19th and finish on August 18th. After successful completion of the first cycle you may be invited to the second cycle which will start on February 1st and finish on April 30th 2018. It is highly encouraged that our INKOMPASS interns are available throughout the entire duration as there are predetermined dates for structured activities and events within the internship program.

What are the normal work hours?

For the first cycle of internship (summer time) working hours will be from 8-30 AM to 5 PM, with 30 min lunch break. For the second cycle of internship  (semester time) it would be either full working day as described previously or half working day, which is any 4 working hours between 8-30 AM to 5 PM. The flexible hours may vary depending on your availability and project needs.

What contractual conditions will I be under as an Intern? Will I be compensated/paid during my internship?

The selected INKOMPASS interns will receive a competitive payment and benefit package during each internship cycle (all details of which will be provided at the time of offer). You will have employment contract for a specific task for each internship cycle.

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

The projects that we assign to our INKOMPASS interns are carefully selected by our teams in each country.  Depending on the scope and the expected deliverables of these projects, we decide if it is best that they are carried out individually or by a project team.  In any case, we always make sure that all of our projects meet high quality standards and that they are meaningful and challenging for our interns.
Interns are never alone during their INKOMPASS experience. They receive support, coaching and feedback from their Coaches, Project Sponsors and Buddies.

Will I receive guidance and support while I work on my project?

Definitely yes! On your INKOMPASS journey, there will be three important people appointed whose main focus will be to ensure you have a great learning experience that allows you to discover yourself.
You will be assigned a COACH, typically a functional Manager, who will introduce you to your project, explain what is expected from you, guide you and provide you feedback as well as help you build connections and relationships with different people and departments from the Company.
The PROJECT SPONSOR is the owner of the project you will be working on.  During your internship, he/she will make sure you have everything you need to be able to deliver and/or execute your proposals.  Along with your Coach, he/she will also provide you with regular feedback.   
Last but not least, you will also receive support from your BUDDY who will help you with day-to-day questions and provide you advice regarding your project work based on his/her own knowledge and experience.

What is the criteria for advancement (or not) into the 2nd cycle of the program? How will I be assessed?

As soon as you join us for your INKOMPASS internship, your Coach will introduce you to your project.  This project will have a definite scope and deliverables based on which you will be assessed.  At Philip Morris International we believe that WHAT you are able to achieve and deliver is important, but HOW you do it as well. This is why you will also be assessed on the behaviors you display along your internship which should be aligned with our company’s work ethics.
The final assessment will take place at the end of each internship cycle, however you will receive feedback throughout the experience so that you are able to understand what is expected from you. We will also give you guidance on how to achieve it.

Will I receive feedback regarding my performance? When?

Your Coach and Project Sponsor will provide you with feedback throughout your INKOMPASS experience. It is important for us to make sure you have a fulfilling learning experience, so we also want to learn from YOU! Your insights, feedback and ideas are very valuable to us, therefore we are looking forward to hearing from you!

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

INKOMPASS is a journey of mutual discovery. You get the chance to discover yourself, the Company and your interest to join us.  We may also provide the best fitting interns with a job offer.
We do this by conducting an individual assessment at end of each internship cycle – based on your project deliverables and the behaviors you displayed throughout the internship – if you meet the required performance standards, you may receive a job offer on the last day of your 2nd cycle internship.