Teenagers and Employment

Information on the opportunities and regulations for teenagers who want to work in Hungary…

There are plenty of possibilities for voluntary work (önkéntes munka) for young people in Hungary in a wide variety of fields. NGOs (Civil Szervezet), museums and zoos all offer opportunities.

  • The European Voluntary Service and Hungarian Green Roots have opportunities in voluntary environmental work
  • Kórházi Önkéntes is a voluntary care-giving service foundation for hospitals (in Hungarian)
  • Önkéntes is a searchable database for all types of voluntary work (in Hungarian)

School holiday programmes

Voluntary work is possible in summer camps (nyári tábor) which teach language courses and art and crafts in Hungary and abroad. These camps are usually advertised around late spring in schools, community centres and at the different organisations which arrange them. There are both day and boarding camps.

Útilapu Hálózat is the Hungarian branch of Service Civil International, which offers volunteer camps all over the word for young people.

There are also opportunities for internships (gyakornok) and paid student work (diákmunka) during the holidays. Both paid positions and internships are advertised at the following student work agencies:

Youth employment law

The minimum age at which young people can be employed during school holidays is 15, and this must be with parental consent. Full-time students who work during the school term must be 16.

Students are allowed to work eight hours a day, or 40 hours a week. They are not allowed to work night shifts, and there must be at least 12 hours between consecutive shifts.

Paid positions and internships are advertised at student work agencies. They offer a wide variety of work, from manual labour to IT or translation.

Non-EU citizens with a residence permit for the purpose of study may work without a work permit for up to 24 hours per week during school terms.

Further information for non-EU students is available on the Office of Immigration and Nationality website.