Got questions about INKOMPASS paid internships for college students? 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?

If you reside outside of the country, then unfortunately you will not be eligible for the internship as a condition of the internship is that you reside in and attend a higher education institution in South Africa for the duration of the internship.

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 get 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 click on "Schedule and Timelines" on the right hand navigation.

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

The date selected is a neutral one that will suit the majority if not all of the selected applicants. Unfortunately, due to all the logistics, preparation and other role players involved, there is only one date in Cape Town set aside for this.

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.

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

There is, unfortunately no flexibility with the dates as these are determined by the academic calendar. The internship will run from 13 June to 8 July 2016.

What are the normal work hours?

Normal working hours are 08h30 – 17h00.

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

Yes, you will be paid for the 3 week duration of the internship and subject to contractual obligations related to conduct, notice, etc.

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 of 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 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 of 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 the performance standards, you may receive a job offer on the last day of your 2nd cycle internship.