I did two internships in France and I followed several interns when I was a project manager for a media company. The two internships I took required me to be quite autonomous: in one of them, I was essentially the assistant editor of an information network, and while I had a few days to acclimatize, I was expected to be able to work on news clips myself in the first week. These clips have always been validated by an executive, and I would not have been legally held responsible if an error occurred. But getting an internship in France isn`t as easy as snapping your fingers. Here`s what you need to know to find – and land – an internship in France. The new law complements the existing legal framework for traineeships. The number of internships has almost tripled in the last ten years, not least because of their widespread use in secondary and higher education: 600,000 were offered in 2006, but there are now 1.6 million internships per year. In France, trainees are often told that they obtain an approximate agreement from employers. To facilitate the detection of fraudulent internships by labour inspectors, companies must now register trainees in the personnel register, including their name, date of arrival and school.
The time limit for the Labour Court to decide whether a trainee status should be converted into that of an employee has been reduced to one month. If you opt for an internship in France, you have a hierarchical superior in your company who accompanies you through all your responsibilities and helps you manage your time in the company. Depending on the company you are joining, you may have regular meetings or a year-end meeting with your boss to discuss your condition and see if there is room for improvement. Since internships in France, as in the United States, are usually the perfect way to get a foot in the door from new companies, some people who want internships but are not in an accredited school have tried to find alternative ways to get one. Third-party organizations claim to be able to provide an internship agreement to non-students, but this is technically a legal grey area and these agreements are often rejected by companies. Even before the adoption of the law, the president of the Mouvement des entreprises françaises (MEDEF), Pierre Gattaz, called for a “moratorium” on several bills to put pressure on companies for internships. Some companies remain questionable about this new regulation and say they have preferred a stricter application of the labour law and effective control of the existing regulation. The new French legislation provides that internships cannot be used to perform tasks normally performed in permanent workplaces and eliminates any possibility that internships last longer than current internships. This follows several other legislative initiatives taken in recent years to protect interns. The new measures give them guaranteed payment, paid holidays and good restaurants. The long-stay internship visa authorizes you to enter France.
However, you must have it validated by the French Office of Immigration and Integration (OFII) as soon as you arrive. If your internship lasts less than three months, you must apply for a short-stay visa and the procedure is different. For more than ten years that I lived and worked in France, I was on both sides of the equation: fresh out of university, I did a journalism internship on a news channel. During my master`s degree, I then worked internally in a French company as an ESL intern. Finally, after completing my studies, I was responsible for onboarding and managing translation and journalism interns at a media company. My experience has shown me that an internship in France can be a useful and rewarding experience that really prepares the intern for the experience of working for a French company. .