Internship Program v/s Course

If someone gave me a penny for every time people assumed training and internship as the same thing, I would have been a millionaire by now. Although, both training and internships are similar in the context that both help you hone your skills and put the gained knowledge to practical use, still there is a world of differences between the two.

Definition of Training

Training is a program organized by most of the companies for improving the skills, competencies, knowledge and the ability of the employees for performing a specified job. The principal objective of training is to make a change in the behavior of the employees to perform better.

It is given mainly to the existing and the prospective employees of the organization for increasing their performance and productivity. After the completion of the training, the potential employees get permanent in the company while the existing employees get promoted for their good job. In other words, the organization tests the trainees, if a particular employee is to be retained or not.

It is a great way to gaining a work experience and the practical knowledge simultaneously. Following are the types of training given in the organisation-

  • Orientation Training
  • Apprenticeship Training
  • Job Training
  • Vestibule Training
  • Promotional Training
  • Refresher Training
  • Internship Training

In-plant training is one that takes place in the industry or company, where you will get to learn something which happens in the real world. Further, a training undertaken by the company itself or an institute owned by the company is called industrial training.

Definition of Internship

An internship is a kind of training in which the students of college and university get the practical experience of an occupation at the workplace. It is a technique in which the undergraduate students participate, where the training is given for enhancing their knowledge, self-confidence, performance and skills.

The main purpose of such training is to enable students to apply their theoretical knowledge in real life working situations and learn the workplace ethics. The rules and regulations of the company don’t apply to the interns. It is an arrangement between the college or institute and the organization to provide practical knowledge to the students about the real world and work place.

Basis of Difference

 ·Expectations from You

During the course of internships you are often given projects/assignments and there are expectations regarding deliverables. You need to provide a detailed report about the work you have done during your internship tenure to your reporting manager.

On the other hand in training, you are usually expected to learn things and in some cases, you might be asked to prepare a documentation and report.

·Contract of Employment

Training is given only after a candidate is hired by the company or is already working for the company for some time. This means after the training is over, the candidate will continue to be an employee of the same company.

There is no such employment contract between an intern and his company. At the end of the internship, the employer may extend an offer for full-time employment. However, the intern is free to reject or accept the offer as per his will.

·Paid versus Unpaid

Internships can be paid or unpaid depending upon the position but during training, an employee is on the company’s payroll and is always paid as per his/her current salary


The duration of training varies depending upon the subject and can last from anything between 15 to 30 days. In some companies, the training program conducted for ‘fresher’s’ are spanned up to 2 months.

Internships are lengthier than training and the minimum duration for it is usually 3-6 months. Sometimes internships can last as long as 12 months.

The Bottom-line

Although both training and internship vary from one another, both are important for the growth of an individual as a professional. An internship gives practical application of theoretical knowledge whereas a good training helps in improving the employee’s performance. Internship works as a gateway for getting a permanent job, training helps you climb up the corporate ladder in your current job.


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