Yes, interns do get fired. Internships are job preparation experiences and failure to perform carries the same type of penalties as do regular jobs. Therefore, if an intern is not showing commitment and motivation or simply doesn’t qualify, almost every company will probably let this person go.
Maybe it is a little harsh, but companies usually appreciate hard-working interns, sometimes by employing them even, and look down on those who put minimal effort in their first career step.
What is employee termination?
There is definitely a lot of confusion about what termination is and isn’t, since there’s significant overlap in terms.
- Termination: When an employer decides to end someone’s employment permanently. This includes firing, permanent layoffs, and ending someone’s contract early. It does not encompass voluntary resignations, temporary layoffs, or the natural end of a temporary contract or seasonal position.
- Firing: This is when someone is terminated for cause, such as inability or unwillingness to fulfill job responsibilities, violation of workplace rules, or other misbehavior. Employees who are fired are typically, but not always, ineligible for rehire.
- Layoff: The permanent or temporary elimination of a position for reasons to do with the business (finances, restructuring, etc) rather than the employee. Laid off employees are often eligible for rehire.
- Resignation: When an employee decides to end their work with a business, rather than the manager. (Sometimes managers will encourage employees to resign rather than firing them.)