The law of June 4, 2020 introduced new compensation rules for internships performed in the context of a specific training as well as for practical internships.

For internships which are an integral part of the diploma cycle, the compensation varies according to the duration of the internship. Compensation is optional for internships of less than 4 weeks. For internships longer than 4 weeks, compensation must amount to at least 30% of the minimum unqualified social salary (i.e. EUR 642.60 according to the 01/01/2020 index).

This compensation will not be due if the internship agreement expressly prohibits such compensation and this non-compensation is a condition for obtaining the diploma. In addition, this internship agreement must be sent to the Minister of Labor in order to be validated.

Regarding practical internships, these are non-compulsory internships that the student decides to do on his own to acquire professional experience.

This internship must be completed within 12 months of the end of the last school registration attested by one of the diplomas mentioned by law.

The compensation is:

  • optional for internships of less than 4 weeks duration.
  • equivalent to 40% of the unqualified minimum social salary for internships of between 4 and 12 weeks (i.e. EUR 856.80 according to the 01/01/2020 index).
  • equivalent to 75% of the unqualified minimum social salary for internships of between 12 and 26 weeks (i.e. EUR 1,606.49 according to the 01/01/2020 index).

When the trainee has successfully completed a first cycle of higher or university education, the reference salary becomes the qualified minimum social salary (i.e. EUR 2,570.39 instead of EUR 2,141.99).

Other rules have also been introduced into this law, such as for example, the maximum number of practical trainees, duration, supervision, …

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