Got questions about INKOMPASS or how to apply for the paid internship? We're here to answer them all

Why does INKOMPASS offer a 2-cycle approach?

INKOMPASS is a college internship program that 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. An exclusive INKOMPASS mobile app, which will allow you to keep in touch with the global INKOMPASS community;
2. Invitations to company activities and events;
3. 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?

Yes, but first check out if there is an INKOMPASS program in your own country of residence. If there is no INKOMPASS program in your country, you can apply for our program.

If you apply and are accepted to the innovation days ( = On-Ground Assessment), we will cover your transportation and accomodation costs.

If you are accepted to an INKOMPASS internship, we will cover your cost of transportation for one round trip for each cycle.

What is the selection process like?

The application steps for the paid internship program for the college students 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) will assess your decision-making abilities on a wide variety of simulated scenarios

3. After completing the tests succesfully, we might give you a suprise call. So keep your phone next to you. If successful, you will be invited to the next step.

4. Now it's time to test your creativity: show us who you really are by completing the creative challenge. You're almost there, if you succeed this step, you will be invited to a meet & greet with the other finalists to prepare you for our big event.

5. Meet & greet with other finalists where you get the opportunity to follow an inspiring workshop.

6. And finally, now you're totally prepared for our 3-day innovation event ( 15-17/04/2020) in Centerparcs Vossemeren (Lommel). So let's participate in our innovation days, the final stage of the recruitment process. During this event, we will meet you face-to-face and get to learn more about each other. You will have a chance to showcase your skills in a business case and team activities, network with other applicants, and meet current Philip Morris International employees. If you meet the criteria, we may invite you to be an INKOMPASS intern!

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

No, attending the on-ground assessment is required in order to become an INKOMPASS intern in our Benelux affiliate. This 3-day event is a crucial step because it gives us the opportunity to really get to know you and to see your match with our PMI DNA. Besides this, 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.

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 internship can start as from the June 1st, 2020, the minimum duration is 1 month up to the maximum of 6 months. These timings are flexible and can be adapted to the needs and requirements of the intern.

What are the normal work hours?

The normal work hours are depending on which affiliate you are working in: the marketing & sales affiliate in Antwerp (Berchem, BE) or the operations affiliate in Bergen-op-Zoom (NL). Either way, both affiliates embrace flexible working hours which means that you can start between 07h30 and 10h00 in the morning and finish accordingly between 16h30 and 19h00 with 1 hour break in between. In Belgium we have a 38.5h working week and in the Netherlands a 40h week.

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

Yes, the INKOMPASS internship offers a very competitive salary above average standards. You will be employed via a temporary contract by Randstad. In addition, we also foresee a rental appartment for you in Antwerp or Bergen-op-Zoom respectively where you will do your internship.

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?

Yes, you can if it meets the requirements set by your university.

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

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