Getting work experience as a high school student might help you build your resume and improve your job abilities. However, if this is your first time looking for an internship, you may be unsure of how old you need to be or which documents you’ll need to provide.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to applying for an internship in the United Arab Emirates.
How old does one need to be?
To work in the UAE, an individual must be at least 15 years old, according to Article 5 of the new UAE Labour Law.
Does one need a work permit?
Every person working in the UAE needs a work visa issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, regardless of whether they are working for a few days, weeks, or months (MoHRE).
Internships for ages 15 to 18 would need the employer to apply for a ‘juvenile employment permit.’
The employer is the one who applies for this permit. The company will submit an application through a Tas’heel center, and once granted, they will be able to print the permission from the MOHRE website. The employment date and [details of the] work they are being hired for are listed on the permit. In addition, juveniles, like other employees, require insurance.
Tas’heel is an online government system for all labor-related operations that allows businesses and typing centers to transact and pay MOHRE online.
The whole cost of applying for and receiving a work permit, according to Nadgauda, is Dh600. The license is good for a year.
What documents are required?
When applying for an internship, you must submit the following documents:
- Parental or guardian consent in writing or a No Objection Certificate (NOC) or letter
- Copy of a valid passport
- A copy of the parent’s or guardian’s UAE resident visa as well as the student’s
- Colour photo of the student in white background
- The application for an internship
- A valid medical fitness certificate. (The medical certificate is required and can be obtained at an authorized medical facility such as Preventive Medical Centres located throughout the UAE.)
What are the work hours for juveniles?
According to Article 5 of the UAE labor legislation, interns under the age of 18 can work for a maximum of six hours with a one-hour break.
The article also emphasizes that children should not labor for more than four hours in a row. Furthermore, the legislation states that a child should not be required to perform overtime and should not be retained at work after hours, on rest days, or on statutory holidays.