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    Internship agreement

    We have hired an intern who is not living up to our expectations. Are we allowed to end the internship prematurely?

    Usually, an internship agreement is valid for a certain period of time. After this period, the internship ends by law. Under certain conditions, however, it is possible to end an internship prematurely. In the internship agreement, you have laid down the agreements between your organization and the intern. If drawn up correctly, the intern agreement also specifies under which conditions the internship may be ended prematurely. Pay attention to this when drawing up the agreement. Moreover, it is permitted to end an internship prematurely if there is a breach in contract (the intern does not meet the agreement laid down in the internship agreement). And finally, an internship can be ended prematurely when there is mutual agreement between the organization and the intern.

    Discussing matters

    Most likely, you will not dismiss the intern right away. First, you will talk with the intern about how things are going and, if needed, discuss matters with the intern’s educational institution. When the educational institution is of the opinion that your organization isn’t the right place for the intern or that the chances are slim the intern will complete the internship, the educational institution will proceed to end the internship, in agreement with you and the intern. 
Prematurely ending an internship can have great consequences for the intern. Because an internship is often a mandatory part of the curriculum, the intern could fall far behind on his/her education. For you, it could mean that your organization must make do without an intern for some time; or worse, that the educational institution regards your organization no longer suitable for internships.

    Employment contract

    When the internship agreement meets the requirements of an employment contract, the rules of Dismissal Law apply. This means the internship can only be ended through termination or dissolution of the contract, through mutual agreement, and in specific circumstances on account of a breach of contract.

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