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How does the French-American Center's "Internship" Service work?

The program offers the participant a placement as an intern in an French organization, usually based in the south of France, for 4, 8 or 12 weeks, plus assistance with accommodations either in a French host family or in a private residence. The Center staff interviews potential candidates for the program, based on a completed application form and accompanying materials. If accepted, the candidate will be matched by our representatives in France with one of a number of French organizations seeking interns. The intern must arrive in France at a mutually convenient date, abide by the internship guidelines of the host organization, and depart France at the end of the internship.

What is an "internship"?

Each year, many French companies offer practical experience to students. These internships give participants specific duties and responsibilities in a business environment. Technically speaking, the internships are "observational." There is no remuneration. Each intern has an opportunity to be trained by French professionals on the site, providing valuable on-the-job experience. The intern agrees to work conscientiously and efficiently at all tasks he or she is given. Accommodations, meals and pocket money are the responsibility of each intern.

How does a French organization select an "intern"?

The sponsoring organization establishes internships for qualified candidates, according to its own criteria and necessities. Competition for internship positions is intense. Fluency in French is an important factor. Professional skills and experience are a plus. The personal qualities most often mentioned by sponsoring organizations are:

What kinds of organizations in France accept interns?

A wide spectrum of family businesses, insurance agencies, restaurants, youth and social centers, universities, schools, banks, hotels, travel agencies and fitness clinics sponsor internships. Our own film festival in Avignon accepts qualified interns.

What does the "Internship France" Service cost?

"Internship France" is offered exclusively to Members of the French-American Center (annual membership fees = $40). Supplementary administrative fees are $85, for a total of $125.

What is included in the Fees?

What is not included in the Fees?

What is the schedule of paying fees?

Each candidate must include the $125 Administrative and Membership Fee (non-reimbursable) with his or her application.

What is the cost of cancellation?

The $125 Administrative and Membership Fee is not refundable. Other obligations, i.e. airline reservations, accommodations, are usually refundable but may be subject to a penalty fee.

Is there a special visa required by French authorities for American participants who have been selected for an internship in France?

Not if your stay is under 3 months. The participant has a round-trip ticket before departure. He or she receives no payment for the internship and the sponsoring organization attests that the training period is for observation purposes only. Any stay longer than 3 months must be accorded by French Immigration authorities, based on a case-by-case review, before your departure from the United States.

How does an internship candidate apply for the "Internship France" Service?

What happens after your acceptance to the "Internship France" program?

Our French representatives at our Center in Montpellier will offer your application to organizations until you are accepted as an intern. You will be sent a brief profile of the business that agrees to sponsor your internship. Based on the dates of your internship, you must establish dates for your airline ticket and pay the balance of your fees. You may want to telephone your internship sponsor in France for more details about your specific tasks and responsibilities.

How proficient must your French be to participate in "Internship France" program?

Your host organization and host family expect to communicate with you in everyday French. Your language abilities should be reasonably solid for you to get the most out of the program.

What other alternatives do you have for internships?

If you feel that you may not be ready to work and live in France, please ask our U.S. office about other internships that we organize in New York, primarily working in the arts, especially participating in the French-American Center's annual film event in the spring in Manhattan, the "Avignon/New York Film Festival."

Neither the French-American Center nor its French representatives can be held responsible for losses, damages, accidents or expenses incurred by the participant before, during, or after the "Internship France" program.

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  • Evenement: Les 30 ans du French American Center - 1991 à 2021
    1 Septembre à partir de 18h30 Vernissage de l'exposition 'Skate In The Moment' et présentation 'Les Trente ans du FAC'.
    Maison des Relations Internationals
    14 rue Descente en Barrat
    (au bout de l'esplanade Charles-de-Gaulle)
  • Du 1 au 3 Septembre Expo Photo 'Skate in The Moment'
    Du photographe Nans Uscidda et des amis skateboarders de Montpellier
    Ouvert au public
  • Le 2 Septembre à 19h Conference
    Rencontre avec Zakaria Vial qui nous présente
    'La Poésié du Skate'
  • Maison des Relations Internationals
    Le 3 Septembre, Gôutér à 16h30, Sur invitation,
    Le 3 Septembre, à 17h00 Démonstration de Skate - Esplanade
    Le 3 Septembre, Soirée de Cloture à 19h, Sur invitation
  • Du 11/09 au 14/10 Commémoration - Expo Photo 20 Years after 9/11
    Les photos de Étienne Athéa seront exposé au French American Center
  • Jeudi 23 Septembre 2021 à 19h
    Speed Talking Night
    RDV au French American Center
    Venez nombreux à notre soirée de Bienvenue pour la rentrée 2021
    Nous vous proposons des petites conversations pour échanger en anglais (et en français).
    ❤ Réservation obligatoire ❤
  • Halloween Kids Workshop- Mercredi 20 Octobre 2021 de 12h15 à 13h30
    au French American Center -Atelier créatif sur le thème de Halloween pour les enfants. (Apportez vos sandwiches).
    ❤ Réservation obligatoire ❤
  • Halloween Kids Party- Dimanche 31 Octobre 2021 de 18h à 19h15 e de 19h30 à 20h45
    au French American Center par réservation mais ouvert à tous et gratuit! Venez déguisées! Grande fête d'Halloween, pour les enfants. Jeux traditionnels et concours de déguisement.
    ❤ Réservation obligatoire ❤
  • The French American Center presents
    The Cosmic Dancers
    Groupe de folk électrique anglo-francophone
    le mercredi 17 novembre 2021, à 20h
    A la Gazette Café
    6 Rue Levat, 34000 Montpellier - Entrée Libre.
  • Thanksgiving Kids Workshop
    Mercredi 24 Novembre 2021 à 12h15 au French American Center
    Atelier créatif et déjeuner sur le thème de Thanksgiving pour les enfants.
    ❤ Réservation obligatoire ❤
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
    Jeudi 25 Novembre 2021 à 19h00 RV pour l'apéro au French American Center. Apéro et Présentation Sur Thanksgiving suivi d'un repas traditionnel, jeux et quiz. Places limitées.
    ❤ Réservation obligatoire ❤
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  • Du 07 au 22 Aout 2021 inclus
  • Du 20 Décembre 2021 au 2 Janvier 2022 inclus

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