Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: I encourage young, talented people to take up work in public administration

During the meeting with the winners of the internship contests organised by the Ministry of Finance and GovTech Poland, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki encouraged young people to develop their skills and gain knowledge in public administration. The head of the government announced that income from internships and traineeships attended by people under 26 will be exempt from Personal Income Tax.


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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

Work in public administration can be extremely interesting Prime Minister emphasised. We want to combine knowledge regarding the functioning of administration with the enthusiasm and passion of young people – he added.

During the meeting, the head of the government took part in so-called brainstorming – a series of creative workshops during which the youth sought the answer to the question: ‘What can be done to encourage the Z generation to take up work in the public sector?’

Young Leaders Programme

The government wants to support young, talented people who want to develop their skills and gain knowledge during internships in public administration. The Young Leaders Programme was established for this purpose. The programme is composed of three parts:

  • the income from internships and traineeships of people under 26 will be exempt from Personal Income Tax;
  • public institutions will be creating paid internship programmes; the first ones – at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister and at the Ministry of Finance – are already available at gov.pl/staze;
  • not only grades, but also young people’s interests, their hobbies as well as social and artistic achievements will be taken into consideration during the recruitment process for internships in public administration.

The second edition of the Leaders of Innovation contest

Leaders of Innovation is an internship programme organised by GovTech Poland in cooperation with the Zwolnieni z Teorii Foundation. The programme is targeted at persons between the ages of 16 and 25 with outstanding achievements, who are capable of unconventional thinking as well as able to carry out projects and work in a team.

In the second edition of the Leaders of Innovation contest, 16 winners will be offered a paid internship at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. Applications can be submitted until 30 November 2020. The terms and conditions as well as detailed information are available at: gov.pl/govtech.

The GovTech Poland programme

The aim of the programme is to increase the effectiveness of innovation implementation by the public sector through conducting a dialogue with the society, the private sector and the abroad.

The programme is carried out by the GovTech Poland Programme Team, attached to the Prime Minister, which for over a year has been testing the methodology adopted for the implementation of the programme. It primarily assumes module approach, that is conducting of pilots preceding the implementation of a given idea on a large scale. Thanks to that, the risk of failure is minimised and resources are saved.

Funding of activities taken by central and local public institutions as well as awarding of grants on the basis of previously established principles is also possible within the framework of the programme.


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