Intern Abroad in France

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Interning Abroad in France


98 Internships Abroad in France

ELI-Experiential Learning International

Work in Paris with ELI - Experiential Learning International at an internship placement following a semester study program. Participants are matched to internships according to courses taken during the program. To qualify for the study-internship program, you must have strong French skills, sufficient enough to present or express ideas in the language.

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Intrax Global Internships

A leading global city, Paris has one of the highest GDP’s in Europe and is France’s premier centre of economic activity. Paris hosts 37 of the Fortune Global 500 companies and many international organizations, such as UNESCO and the International Chamber of Commerce.

IES Internships in Paris, France!

An internship in Paris will surely make your résumé stand out. Apply now for your guaranteed, full-time summer internship in the City of Lights with IES Internships.

Study In france

CISabroad offers customized internship programs in Paris and Aix-en-Provence that are designed to fit individual academic interests, personal goals, and career aspirations. These programs integrate enriching social and cultural activities and leisurely excursions.

Summer in Paris
Twin Work & Volunteer

Live and work abroad in France and improve your resume through Twin Work & Volunteer. Participants can choose to intern in fields including Hospitality, Sales, and French Language and Culture. Placements are offered in the city of Montpelier.

Boston University Study Abroad

Stay for a eight-week long summer internship, or a semester, in France with Boston University Study Abroad. Study and work in the hub of French and European business and culture and gain professional work experience. The program provides a unique opportunity to international students, combining classroom course work with daily experience in a French workplace.

Intern in France with Institute for Global Studies

Sign up for an internship program in France with the Institute for Global Studies. Participants will live and work in Paris for one year and gain experience working with a local company. Internship placements include Communications, Tourism, and Industrial Psychology.

Global Experiences

Gain professional experience in France through an internship with Global Experiences. Throughout the year, international participants can explore fields such as of Business, Fashion, Hospitality, or others and boost their resume. Interns will live and work in Paris. This program is available to American, Australian, Canadian, and European individuals.

Adventure Travel Trip Leader

Backroads, the World's No. 1 Active Travel company, is seeking seasonal Trip Leaders to lead and support our luxury biking, walking, & multi-sport vacations worldwide. Trip Leaders would have the opportunity to work in any number of our destinations around the world!

The Language House

For those interested in short term work- less than a year, we offer internships. Locations for Internships are throughout France. These programs are based on a first come, first serve basis. With our support you'll experience the journey of a lifetime with job success.

IES Abroad (Institute for the Int'l Education of Students)

Individuals from all over the world have a chance to intern full time in a Parisian or a Nantes company with the IES Abroad France. The program offers advanced French language lessons and a wide array of courses to choose from including Management, Communications, and Education.

FSU International Programs - Internships Paris, France

This Florida State University Internship program provides students with an opportunity for real international work experience while immersing them in the unique culture France. Paris is an ideal location for gaining first-hand knowledge of foreign business practices while working and living in one of the world’s most exciting and beautiful cities. Students participating in this program are assi...

American Institute For Foreign Study

College International de Cannes provides study abroad programs in American undergraduate students through the American Institute for Foreign Studies. During participant's time in Cannes, France, they can also join internship placements arranged by the university. Internships are typically with local companies and nonprofits and require students to commit to at least eight hours each week, some ...

Teach English Abroad in France with a TEFL/TESOL Certification & Paid Internship

An internship abroad teaching English is a fantastic way to live overseas and get paid to travel the world! Armed with an International TEFL Academy TEFL/TESOL certification, you will be able to work abroad teaching English while getting paid. After completing the TEFL training program, you can quickly begin working in major cities throughout the world. Teaching English as a Foreign Languag...

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Interning Abroad in France

Pursuing an internship in France is compelling for individuals who are looking for a competitive edge in the European job market and the chance to experience some of the best cultural activities in the region. Though the recession has certainly taken its toll on the French economy, a legacy of a strong work ethic and some of the most pro-employee benefits (which apply to those interning in France too), makes France an ideal location to gain international work experience. Plus, the French have a tradition of learning by doing; for centuries young people have been learning through apprenticeships so why not learn your profession à la française through an internship in France!


Mais Quelle Ville? There are many cities in which you might opt to look for an internship.

Of course, the glittering capital of Paris in all of its European, metropolitan splendor comes first to mind. Internships in Paris are great for those who might lack a strong background in the French language (of course, anyone going to France should learn some basic French as a general rule—it will make your stay that much more pleasant). The sheer number of industries represented in Paris, means that it’s a safe bet that you can find an internship for most any field, although finance, fashion, and culinary internships certainly top the list. However, Paris can be an incredibly expensive city in which to live, and if your goal is to improve your French, it can be difficult to do compared to some other locations where locals do not speak English as readily. 

For a more quintessentially, French experience, you might consider Lyon, France’s third largest city. Just a short two hours’ train ride away from Paris, Lyon captures the elegance of the nation’s capital and transplants it into a bite-size, student-friendly city that is rich in French tradition. With four major French universities based in Lyon, the city certainly caters to its students, and this shows in the cheaper standard of living. Also, in terms of French language acquisition, with Lyon being a smaller, less-traveled city, the opportunity to practice French is more easily accomplished, yet with enough locals knowing English to lessen the intimidation factor. Top industries represented among internships in Lyon include banking, engineering, tourism, and entrepreneurship, thanks to a budding startup sector.

If you’re looking for a more relaxed vibe, then Provence is the region for you. Nice is the administrative capital of the beautiful Alpes-Maritime département. With kilometers of coastline of the beautiful Côte d’Azur to explore, lovers of the ocean, sun, and some good rosé wine will feel satiated interning here. As the fifth largest city in France, internships in Nice provide an excellent opportunity to immerse oneself in French culture while enjoying the more laidback vibe of the Provençal region. After Paris, Nice is the most visited destination in France making it ideal for tourism internships, although computing and education are also big industries as well.

Internships in France

Since the economy is robust, there are internships in France offered in a matter of fields, especially in the larger cities. However, business, fashion, art, tourism, and engineering internships in France are all popular because these fields have a strong foothold in the French economy.

What to Expect. France is a country proud of its culture and history, so ideally interns should have a basic understanding of the French language; more Internship placement opportunities will be available to interns who have a stronger command of the language. French supervisors are accustomed to longer placements to allow interns the ability to learn more aspects of the job and to work on projects; nevertheless, the increasing demand for summer internships in France is making summer internships easier to find in cities such as Paris.

Working in France can appear to be a much more formal affair than many places in the U.S., of course this is always dependent upon industry. Respect for hierarchy is very important in the French workforce, so interns will do well to remember their place in the office environment and set realistic expectations about the nature of work that they will actually be doing. Yet, if interning at a start-up or smaller business, interns, especially English-speaking interns, may find themselves being given greater responsibility and working on a breadth of projects—definitely something to consider when searching for an internship placement.

And it would be remiss to not write about standards of dress when considering expectations for internships in France. As one of the fashion capitals of the world, dressing appropriately for work in France, and specifically in Paris, can be a make-or-break aspect of integrating into your new work environment. Make sure to research the specific attire for your industry, no matter where you obtain internships abroad, but looking classic and polished at all times is the key to remaining en mode in France specifically.

Salaries & Costs

Vivre la Bonne Vie! Whereas most internships stateside tend to be unpaid these days, France lets its laborer-centric focus shine through in internship arrangements, as there is now a law in place where interns must be paid a certain percentage of the national minimum wage. This means that no matter the internship placement, you can expect to receive some remuneration. Although, at the very least, this would equal to a wage of €436.05 per month, meager but certainly a long ways toward baguette and fromage! However, in cities such as Paris, interns most consider that studio apartments can start at €500 a month to rent.

Accommodations & Visas

As of July 2014, U.S. citizens do not require a visa if their internship and stay in France will be less than 90 days, only the convention de stage is necessary. For longer placements, a visa with convention de stage is required. Since the convention de stage is a contract between you and your employer, you will need to make sure you locate your internship placement in France well ahead of your arrival in the country, in order to obtain your visa.

Aside from this aspect, obtaining the necessary visa is not very different or difficult than the process for most countries, although interns should note they will be expected to show proof of sufficient funds to support themselves while living in France and contact the closest French embassy or consulate in their home country for the most up to date visa information.

Finding an affordable place to live in some of the bigger cities can be a challenge, however thanks to France’s status as one of the top study abroad destinations, finding a roommate to help reduce costs is a viable option. In Paris specifically, chambres de bonnes are a popular way in which poor college students can secure a place to stay and remain on budget. Literally meaning the maids’ rooms, these rooms are typically the topmost floor of apartment buildings and smaller than your average studio, providing just enough space for a small bed, chair, desk, and hotplate, but for interns in France on a budget the price cannot be beat!

Benefits & Challenges

Completing an internship in France won’t come without its challenges. As already mentioned, perhaps more than some European countries, an understanding of the host language is key to your success at navigating the culture and helping you to fit in on the job. Also, the French workplace is known for bureaucracy, so if you have trouble dealing with lengthy paperwork processes and rules that might seem as though they are designed to prevent efficient progress, perhaps France is not for you.

Those interns willing to work on their accents and play the French game will be rewarded with a rich cultural experience that shows why the French really do know how to appreciate the finer things in life. For those looking to gain experience in fashion, art, or tourism, you will be hard-pressed to find a country that boasts the same caliber and option of internship placements, and as France’s economy makes a comeback, its quality in finance, marketing, and business internship options will also continue to grow.

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